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Memorable Manitobans: James Ruston (1864-1948)

Farmer, brick maker.

Born at Drayton, Ontario on 16 March 1864, he came to Portage la Prairie with his parents in 1879. Two years later, they moved to Cypress River where he lived for the remainder of his life. He farmed at Souris and Cypress River, bought grain at Cypress River, and operated a brickyard at Cypress River from 1896 to 1904. He retired in 1937 and moved to Souris. On 17 November 1886, he married Jane Connon (1868-1944) of Cypress River and they had seven children: Mary Ida Ruston (1887-1887), William James “Will” Ruston (1888-1963), Herbert Ellis Ruston (1891-1938), Frederick Irwin “Fred” Ruston (1894-1958), Thomas Wilfred “Tom” Ruston (1898-1973), Joseph George Ruston (1902-1979), and Melvin Connon Ruston (1904-1977). He died at Souris on 3 May 1948, after a lengthy illness, and was buried in the Glencoe Cemetery.

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Pioneer Brick Yard


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Cypress River pioneer dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 May 1948, page 23.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 7 May 1948, page 21.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 May 2020

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