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Memorable Manitobans: William Fulton (1846-1920)

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William Fulton
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Pioneer farmer.

Born in Scotland in 1846, son of James Fulton and Agnes Kerr, he and his family came to Canada in 1856 and settled near Harriston, Upper Canada [now Ontario]. At the urging of Dr. James Cowan, he and his elder brother George came to Portage la Prairie in June 1873. They homesteaded at SE23-13-7W, in the Oakland district, and built a house there in 1904. They also built a house on SE21-13-7W for family members who followed them in 1875. A subsequent house, built in 1895, would be featured as the “Fulton Brothers Farm” in several early publications that promoted settlement in Manitoba and, in 1903, he joined a party of prominent farmers sent to Great Britain to present the agricultural resources of Canada to prospective settlers. In the 1880s, he entered the furniture business trading as Campbell & Fulton.

On 23 November 1904, he married Elizabeth Theresa Swales (c1866-1905, daughter of Thomas Swales and Elizabeth Little) at Portage la Prairie. He was a Director of the Portage Mutual Insurance Company for 20 years and its President for nine years (1911-1920). He was a member of the first council of Portage la Prairie, a councilor or Reeve (1894-1895) of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, and President of the Lakeside Liberal organization for many years. He contested the Lakeside constituency in the 1903 general election. He was a life member of the AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge No. 7).

He died at Portage la Prairie on 6 November 1920 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Funeral of late William Fulton,” Manitoba Liberal, 11 November 1920.

This page was prepared by Doug Fulton and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2021

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