Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Walter Martin (1863-1913)
Born at Paris, Ontario on 26 April 1863, son of Abraham and Sarah Burkholder Martin, he was educated at public and high schools of Hamilton, Ontario. He commenced a career as an office boy with E. & C. Gurney Company at Hamilton in 1881, one of the three to purchase the entire interests from coast to coast of Tilden Gurney & Company, Hamilton, Ontario. He came to Winnipeg in 1883 with Tilden Gurney Company and was elected President and General Manager for western branches in 1901.
On 17 May 1888, he married Caroline Matilda Burridge (1870-1944, daughter of James Burridge) at Winnipeg and they had two sons: Wesley Martin and Walter Martin. The family lived at 270 Furby Street (1906). He was a member of the AF & AM, IOOF, and Methodist church. He served as Vice-President of the YMCA.
He died suddenly while on business at Chicago, Illinois, on 10 May 1913. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
“Winnipeg business man’s sudden death,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 May 1913, page 15.
“Funeral of I. W. Martin,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 May 1913, page 28.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 December 2021