Born December 12, 1935, John Wise served Elgin County as Yarmouth Township Deputy Reeve, 1966-1967; Yarmouth Township Reeve, 1968-1969; Elgin County Warden, 1969; MP, Elgin, October, 1972-October, 1988; Federal Minister of Agriculture, June, 1979-March, 1980 and September, 1984-September, 1988.
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On Friday, June 17, 1977, an historical plaque commemorating "Jumbo", the internationally renowned circus elephant, was unveiled at the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, 32 Talbot Street, St. Thomas. This plaque was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, an agency within the Ministry of Culture and Recreation.
Shown from left to right following the unveiling ceremony are: Mr. William Haight, President, Elgin Historical Society; Professor Richard Glover, an authority on Jumbo; Mr. Cliff Barwick, Mayor, City of St. Thomas; Mr. R. Alan Douglas, representative of the Ontario Heritage Foundation; Mr. N.B. ( Nipper) Scott, whose father took the famous photograph of the deceased Jumbo; Miss Sheila Lang, St. Thomas; Mr. George Lang, a well-known local authority on Jumbo; Mr. George Robbins, a long-time St. Thomas resident who remembers Jumbo's death in 1885; Mr. John Wise, M.P. (Elgin); Mr. Don Cosens, a prominent local historian; Mrs. Ruby Copeman, who also remembers Jumbo's death; Mr. Dave Cook, Warden, Elgin County; Mr. Ron McNeil, M.P.P. (Elgin); the Reverend R.K. Farrell, Rector, Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas; and Mrs. Marguerite Young, Secretary-Treasurer, Elgin County Pioneer Museum.
Added to this envelope in February 2019 is a scan of a similar photograph showing the unveiling. The scan was sent by Museum Windsor.