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Memorable Manitobans: John Wesley Mark (1874-1944)


Born at McGillivray, Ontario on 14 July 1874, he taught in Perth Counry, Ontario at Blanshard around 1901 and Downie around 1911. On 9 September 1901, he married Katie Ellen Hodgins (1873-1946) at Huron, Ontario and the couple had five children: Clara Ellen Mark (1902-1917), Gordon Edward Mark, Nelson Wesley Mark (c1906-1970), William Walter Mark (1908-1939), and Laura Mark (c1912, wife of W. H. Atkinson). The family moved to Manitoba in 1913 and he continued teaching for another 30 years, working at Brandon, Goodlands School (c1916-1917), and at Woodlands and Manitou before resettling to Winnipeg in 1929. The family residence was at 672 Alverstone Street and he was the Principal of Fort Whyte School (1929-1943). He was a member of the Knox United Church. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 24 November 1944 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Death notice [William Walter Mark], Winnipeg Tribune, 9 January 1939, page 6.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1944, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1944, page 4.

“John Wesley Mark, veteran school teacher, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 November 1944, page 17.

Death notice [Katie Ellen Mark], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1946, page 16.

Obituary, [Katie Ellen Mark], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 1946, page 19.

Obituary, [Nelson Wesley Mark], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 June 1970, page 32.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 August 2016

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