Biography of John S. Larke

John Short Larke, editor and proprietor of The Oshawa Vindicator, an old and strong Conservative paper, is a native of Lancelles, Cornwall, dating his birth May 28, 1840. His ancestors, who belonged to the yeomanry of that part of England, were originally from Scotland, his parents being Charles and Grace (Yeo) Larke. When he was four years old the family emigrated to Canada West, settling near Oshawa, his father farming awhile, and then becoming a miller, being now still alive. The mother of John died in 1878, while on a visit to England. After passing through the grammar school of Oshawa, our subject took an undergraduate course at Victoria College, Cobourg; subsequently was in the Bowmanville Post office a short time; was then relieving agent on the Grand Trunk Railway, and afterwards taught three years, the last year in the Oshawa High School. In June, 1865, Mr. Larke purchased the interest of William H. Orr in the Vindicator, and in October, 1878, the interest of Samuel Luke, being since that date, its sole proprietor and conductor. It is an eight column folio, neatly printed, and edited with marked ability, being an excellent country journal, a powerful exponent of the tenets of the Conservative party, and the oldest paper in the County of Ontario, being in its 24th volume. During a heated, political canvass, Mr. Larke is usually called upon...

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