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Memorable Manitobans: Major Compton Clarke (1849-1911)

Click to enlargeDentist, hunter.

Born at Summerside, Prince Edward Island in October 1849, he was educated at Summerside and at Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from a dentistry college, he practiced for some time in Nova Scotia and later in Boston. He came to Winnipeg in 1880 where he continued to practice until a few months before his death, when poor health forced him to retire. On 11 November 1896, he married Jessie Lambert at Winnipeg. He founded the Manitoba Rifle Association and was considered “the most prominent rifle shot in the city”. A keen moose hunter, he was thought to be one of the first in Manitoba to hunt wild geese. He was a pioneer member of the Thistle Curling Club and the Granite Curling Club. He died at his Winnipeg home, 70 Furby Street, on 2 August 1911 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Winnipeg loses prominent citizen”, Manitoba Free Press, 4 August 1911, page 5.

This proile was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 May 2010

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