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Memorable Manitobans: Mark Fortune (1847-1912)

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Mark Fortune
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Real estate developer.

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Mark Fortune
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Born in Wentworth County, Ontario on 2 November 1847, and was educated there, he came to Winnipeg in 1874 and established a real estate business in 1878, erecting many buildings on Portage Avenue. He served on the Winnipeg City Council from 1879 to 1881, and again in 1883. In 1886 he was a Liberal candidate in the constituency of Woodlands but was defeated.

He married Mary McDougald (1851-1929) in Winnipeg. They had six children: Robert William Fortune (1877-?), Clara Fortune (1879-?, wife of H. C. Hutton), Ethel Flora Fortune (1883-?), Alice E. Fortune (1887-?, wife of C. H. Allen), Mabel Helen Fortune (1889-?), and Charles Alexander Fortune (1892-1912). He was an ardent curler, and active member of Knox Presbyterian Church. In 1878, he served a single term on the Winnipeg School Board. He served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg from 1897 to 1898. He was a founder of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, in 1903. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club. In 1911 he built a huge mansion at 393 Wellington Crescent.

Fortune lost his life when the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912. He is commemorated by Fortune Street in Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fortune House (393 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fortune Block (232 Main Street, Winnipeg)


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 October 2018

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