Memorable Manitobans: Frank Mariaggi (c1847-1918)
Born in Corsica around 1847, he came to Fort Garry with the Red River Expedition. He operated a restaurant in Winnipeg and was famous as a chef. He converted the Walter Suckling Block at the corner of James and McDermot streets into a hotel, naming it the Mariaggi Hotel. Later he accumulated a fortune through real estate and hotel enterprises in Winnipeg and Port Arthur, owning a hotel at the latter city that he eventually sold to Sam Bronfman. While living in Manitoba, he married a woman from Gimli. In 1908, he returned to his home at Ajaccis, Corsica where he purchased and restored his father’s estate. He served as mayor of his city and later was Consul-General for Italy in Corsica. He died at his home in Ajaccio, Corsica on 10 February 1918.
“Three Winnipeg hotels are sold,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 July 1912, page 28.
“Frank Mariaggi dies in Corsica; made his fortune in hotel here,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 March 1918, page 1.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 28 April 2020
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