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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Rutherford (1850-1926)


Born in the south of Ireland on 25 February1850, son of George Rutherford, he trained for a military career with the Royal Irish Constabulary in Dublin. Deciding the military life was not for him, he instead went into banking, working at Dublin for a time before emigrating to the USA and working at New York. He came to Winnipeg in 1883 and started a business as a wood merchant and contractor. He built several blocks along Main Street. He dabbled in real estate until it proved so successful that he gave up his other businesses to concentrate on it full-time. As a keen cricket player, he was selected for teams representing Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada on several occasions. He was also an enthusiastic fisherman. In his later years, he served as First Vice-President of the Old Timers’ Association. He died at Winnipeg on 30 April 1926 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“P. Rutherford, city’s first realtor, dies” Manitoba Free Press, 1 May 1926. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 8 July 2009

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