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Memorable Manitobans: William B. Martin (1863-?)


Born at Millbank, Ontario on 1 May 1863, son of Thomas C. Martin and Jane Bradley, he quit school at an early age to work in a flax mill at Millbank until 1882 when he came to Manitoba and took up a homestead claim, eventually holding 640 acres in Township 18, Range 23 near Shoal Lake. In 1888 he purchased a theshing machine, being one of the first farmers in Manitoba to do so. On 27 December 1899, he married Elizabeth Simpson of Shoal Lake. They had seven children: Catherine Martin, Eva E. Martin, Wilhelmina Martin, Margaret Martin, Thomas Martin, Alice Martin, and Mary Martin. He served for four years a a municipal councillor and was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, the Loyal Orange Lodge, and the Grain Growers Association.


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

We thank Susan Forsyth for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 April 2011

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