Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Knight Morton (1889-1965)
Born at Gladstone on 1 July 1889, son of Thomas Lewis Morton and Mary Honora Cory (1857-1940), brother of William Morton, he was educated at Gladstone School, St. John’s College School, St. John’s College, and the Manitoba Law School, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in November 1913. During the First World War, he served in the 43rd Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders, retiring with the rank of Captain. He then worked as a solicitor for Winnipeg School Division No. 1, retiring in July 1963. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1936.
In 1946, he married widow Mabel Edna Dack (1907-1989) and they had a son: Stewart K. Morton. He was a life member of the Manitoba Game and Fish Association and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, and was involved in amateur and professional sports: hockey, baseball, football, curling, and golf.
He died at Winnipeg on 14 December 1965 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
“Six Manitoba barristers appointed King’s Counsel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1936, page 1.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1965, page 48.
Obituary [Mabel Edna Morton], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1989, page 41.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 September 2022