|John Fairbank was one of the most famous of the oil barons in the Petrolia area. He arrived in Lambton County in 1858 as a surveyor, and caught the oil rush fever. He went to London, Ontario and purchased a plot of land in Lambton County. John becamed involved in many business ventures over the years. His great-grandson still operates one of these businesses today.
Follow Fairbank's story as this intelligent businessman grew to become Petrolia's Merchant Prince. Learn about his struggles, his personal heartaches, his successes, and especially his invention of the jerker-line, or jerker-rod system.
John H. Fairbank