Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Alexander Clark (1872-1954)
Wholesale paper merchant.
Born at Montreal, Quebec on 1 December 1872, son of Alexander C. Clark and Georgina Balfour, he was educated at Lennoxville College, leaving at the age of 16 to take employment with a wholesale paper business in Montreal. In 1894 he came to Winnipeg to join the firm of Love, McAllister & Company, wholesale stationers and paper dealers. He bought the company in 1898, changed its name to Clark Brothers & Company, and incorporated in 1904. At that time, he was made President and Managing Director of the company. He was also President of the National Cartage and Storage Company and a Director of Chipman Chemicals Limited. He was a member of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, past-president of the Canadian Credit Men’s Trust Association, a Fellow of the Canadian Credit Institute and a Life Governor of the Winnipeg General Hospital.
In 1900, he married Mary Ellen Talbot (1879-?) of Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. They had three children: Stuart Alexander Clark (1904-1993), Mary Margaret Clark (1906-1992, wife of Thomas R. Durley), and Naomi Helen Clark (1912-1992, wife of John R. Alexander). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, and the St. Charles Country Club.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Winnipeg executive dies aged 79,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1954, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1954, page 30.
Obituary [Stuart Alexander Clark], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1993, page 41.
We thank Naomi Bree for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 February 2016
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