Memorable Manitobans: Martin J. O’Donohoe (1868-1909)
Hotelier, MLA (1903-1907).
Born at Mono Mills, Ontario on 1 January 1868, he came to Manitoba when he was 19 years of age. In 1889 he entered the hotel business, buying Lisgar House at Selkirk in partnership with John Martin, which he sold 18 years later to enter politics. In 1903, he defeated Orton I. Grain to become Liberal MLA for Kildonan and St. Andrew’s, but was defeated in the 1907 general election. He married May Marshall, daughter of Captain Marshall of Selkirk, in 1903. They had one daughter, Elsie O’Donohoe (1905-?), and two sons who died in infancy. In 1907, he developed tuberculosis and spent several months convalescing in Mexico and California. He died at Winnipeg on 15 April 1909 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Martin O’Donohoe has passed away”, Manitoba Free Press, 16 April 1909, page 1.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
We thank Darlene Crone-Todd for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 23 September 2018
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