John Clarence Drinkle
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John Clarence Drinkle (born 1878 in Waverley, Ontario) was one of Saskatoon’s foremost boomtown entrepreneurs. He arrived in 1903 at age 25 with less than $500 and quickly made himself possibly the richest man in town.
John Clarence Drinkle was born in Waverly, Ontario in 1878 where he received his early business training as a retail clerk. He moved to Winnipeg in 1898, where a disastrous business venture early in his career drained his capital and left him in debt. From 1901 to 1903 he worked as a salesman for Salada Tea Company to pay off his debts. At age 25 he teamed up with F.E. Kerr, a business school friend, and with a combined total capital of $500 they set off for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to set up a real estate office.
During Saskatoon’s first boom period everyone was speculating in real estate. The relatively poor were often made wealthy in a very short time - Drinkle may have been the most extreme example. He arrived in 1903 at age 25 with less than $500, when Saskatoon was a dirt street town of barely 500 people. Only ten years later it had a population of 28,000 and was described as “the fastest growing city in the world”. By then Drinkle was a multi-millionaire and probably the richest man in town.
Drinkle was married twice during his early Saskatoon years, then was married again in the 1940s. He is said to have spent so much time on business that he had limited time for family. One marriage reportedly ended with his wife returning home to New York after having had an affair with Drinkle’s chauffeur. Beginning in 1911 Drinkle and his wife, Jane Godden, lived primarily in London, England where they had four children. They travelled extensively, steaming around the world three times, and were reported to have lived in a very high style. It was during this time that Drinkle began selling many of his Saskatoon properties, including his mansion on Avenue A in 1912.
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