Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Walter Martin (1863-1913)

Click to enlargeHardware merchant.

Born at Paris, Ontario on 26 April 1863, son of Abraham and Sarah Burkholder Martin, he was educated at public and high schools of Hamilton, Ontario. He commenced a career as an office boy with E. & C. Gurney Company at Hamilton in 1881, one of the three to purchase the entire interests from coast to coast of Tilden Gurney & Company, Hamilton, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in 1883 with Tilden Gurney Company and was elected President and General Manager for western branches in 1901.

Click to enlargeOn 17 May 1888, he married Caroline Matilda Burridge (1870-?), daughter of J. Burridge, at Winnipeg. They had two sons: Wesley Martin and Walter Martin. He was a member of the AF & AM and IOOF. He served as Vice-President of the YMCA. Methodist. In 1906, he lived at 270 Furby Street, Winnipeg.

He died suddenly while on business at Chicago, Illinois, on 10 May 1913. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in Elmwood Cemetery.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Winnipeg business man’s sudden death”, Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1913, page 15.

“Funeral of I. W. Martin”, Manitoba Free Press, 14 May 1913, page 28.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2010

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.