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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Rinn (1845-1915)


Born in Ireland on 1 January 1845, he came to Canada with his parents in 1859 and settled at Perth, Ontario. In the summer of 1874, he came west and settled on a farm near Nelsonville. The following summer, he helped L. W. Herchmer build police barracks at Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan then returned to his homestead. In 1879, he established the first mail and stagecoach route west from Emerson, passing through Mountain City and Salterville then returning to Emerson, a trip of 208 miles that he made twice a week. The route was discontinued when the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in the area. He then established another route from Brandon to the Turtle Mountain land office which he operated for two years. In 1887, he sold his farm at Nelsonville and, with his family, moved to Victoria, British Columbia where they remained for five years. Returning to Manitoba, he settled on a farm at the present site of Elm Creek.

On 6 July 1880, he married Jessie Duncan (1862-1914), daughter of James Duncan of Nelsonville. They had six children: Charles Rinn (b 1882), Jennie Rinn (b 1883, wife of W. A. MacDonell), James Rinn (b 1884), Margaret Rinn (b 1886), William Rinn (b 1892), and Gladys Rinn (b 1897). He died at his Elm Creek home on 4 July 1915 and was buried in Elm Creek Cemetery.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Elm Creek pioneer, Jos. Rinn, dead”, Manitoba Free Press, 5 July 1915. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B6]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2010

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