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Memorable Manitobans: Ida Mortimer Cornish Stalker (1868-1949)

Pioneer.

Born at Sandwich, Ontario on 26 December 1868, niece of Francis Evans Cornish, she came to Manitoba in 1883. She married Alexander Hugh Stalker (1870-1932), son of Robert Stalker, founder of the Great West Saddlery Company, on 20 September 1894 at Winnipeg and in 1911 they moved to the St. John’s district. They had six children: Robert John Stalker (b 1895), Gertrude R. Stalker (b 1897), Ida Margaret Stalker (b 1899), Herbert Stewart Stalker (b 1904), Louise Overton Stalker (b 1907), and Charles George Stalker (b 1910). Active in the St. John’s Presbyterian Church (later St. John’s United Church), she was honorary president and life member of the Women’s Missionary Society. On 20 November 1949, she died in Winnipeg and was later buried in Old Kildonan Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. A. H. Stalker, niece of city’s first mayor dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1949. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 127]

The Highlanders: Descendants of John Sutherland, Christy McBeth and Alexander McBeth, Christy Gordon by Charles George Stalker.

This profile was prepared by Sarah Ramsden and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2012

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