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Memorable Manitobans: Mark Fortune (1847-1912)

Click to enlargeReal estate developer.

Click to enlargeBorn 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 (b 1877), Clara Fortune (b 1879, wife of H. C. Hutton), Ethel Flora Fortune (b 1883), Alice E. Fortune (b 1887, wife of C. H. Allen), Mabel Helen Fortune (b 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)

Sources:

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: 22 November 2014

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