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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Dennison Martin (1854-1905)

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Robert Dennison Martin
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Grain merchant.

Born at Selby, Ontario on 18 October 1854, son of William Martin and Elizabeth Thompson, he was educated locally and worked on the family farm. He came to western Canada in 1882 and settled on a homestead near Goodlands. He later became a partner in the hardware business of Faulkner & Martin at Deloraine, continuing until his death. He went into the grain business as R. D. Martin Company (known as the British Empire Grain Company after his death) in partnership with Alfred P. Stuart and E. S. Jaques, moving to Winnipeg before 1895. He helped to organize the North-West Grain Dealers’ Association. On 18 May 1894, he married Helen Moncrieff Morton (1872-1958) at Winnipeg and they had five children: Charles Stuart Martin (1895-1918), Helen Elizabeth Martin (1897-1992, wife of Rudolf James Waeckerlin), Edith Laura Martin (1899-?), Jessie Watson Martin (1901-1991), and Robert Henry Martin (1903-1991). In 1899, he returned to eastern Canada, living successively at Montreal, Napanee, Kingston, and Montreal. He died at the latter place on 28 June 1905 and was buried at Napanee.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Robert D. Martin dead at Montreal,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 June 1905, page 1.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 29 June 1905, page 5.

Eighteenth Annual Report of the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange, 10 January 1906. [Manitoba Legislative Library, HD9044, Win 1906]

Montreal, Pictorial and Biographical, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal, 1914.

Helen Moncreiff Morton Martin, FindAGrave.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Janice McClelland.

Page revised: 12 October 2020

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