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Memorable Manitobans: David Forrester (1859-1937)

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David Forrester
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Born in Belleville, Ontario on 10 June 1859, son of James Forrester and Janet McFarland, he was educated at Albert College (Belleville) and at the University of Manitoba (LLB, 1896). He came to Emerson in 1881 where he was for a time employed in the real estate business. He articled in law to Archibald McKay of Emerson and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1889. He worked as solicitor for the Town of Emerson and the Rural Municipality of Franklin from 1889 to 1924, as well as the Rural Municipality of Montcalm. He practised in Emerson from 1889 to 1912, when he moved to Winnipeg.

On 23 August 1882, at Northumberland, Ontario, he married Sarah Louise Ross (1855-1926). They had seven children: Mabel Louise Forrester (1884-?, wife of Maxwell Wallace), Walter Ross Forrester, Laura Bella Forrester (1888-?, wife of David S. Walker), Christina Ethel Forrester, Frances Drummond Forrester (1892-?, wife of William J. Sharman), Nora Elsie Forrester (1895-?, wife of S. E. Anderson), and Marjorie Ross Forrester (1897-?, wife of Maxwell Bowman). He was a member of the Independent Order of Foresters and the Presbyterian Church.

In 1925, he lived at 121 Canora Street in Winnipeg, where he died on 2 March 1937. He was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. David Forrester funeral to be held Wed.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 October 1926, page 8.

“David Forrester dies in 78th year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1937, page 13.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2018

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