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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Ernest Clark (1890-1987)

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Walter Ernest Clark
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Farmer, MLA (1954-1957).

Born in the Rural Municipality of Argyle on 17 July 1890, youngest child of John Clark and Hannah Augusta Wanstall, brother of Sydney E. Clark, he lived and farmed in the Rosehill district, near Baldur. He and his family moved to Baldur in 1945 but continued to farm until the 1970s.

He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Argyle for 18 years and, in 1950 and 1951, he was President of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities, predecessor of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. For three years starting in 1955, he represented the Mountain constituency in the Manitoba Legislature, as a member of the Douglas Campbell government. He ran again in the 1958 and 1959 provincial general election but was defeated each time by Abram Harrison.

On 27 November 1912, he married Caroline Teressa Porter (1891-1979), with whom he had five children: Madge Teressa Clark (1915-1931), Walter Lyall Clark (1919-1997), Orville Ernest Clark (1921-1999), Elva Marie Clark (1933-2019, wife of Ralph Coyston), and Ila Caroline Clark (1935-2019).

He died at Baldur on 26 March 1987 and was buried in the Baldur Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Caroline Teressa Clark], Baldur Gazette, 17 October 1979, page 19.

Precious Memories by Walter E. Clark, privately published memoir, 1987.

Obituary [Walter Lyall Clark], Baldur Gazette News, 14 January 1997, page 7.

Obituary [Orville Clark], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1999, page 47.

Obituary [Elva Marie Coyston], Providence Funeral Homes & Crematorium.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Oliver Bernuetz.

Page revised: 13 March 2021

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