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Memorable Manitobans: William George Rutherford (1878-1963)


Born at Selkirk, Haldimand County, Ontario in 1878, son of Thomas and Sophia Rutherford, he came to Hamiota with his parents in 1882. He started playing the violin at an early age. He attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music and studied in Prague before settling in Winnipeg as a violin teacher in 1909. He was active in Manitoba musical affairs, and for years was a member of the syllabus selection committee of the Winnipeg Music Festival. In 1910, he married Dorothy G. Robinson (?-?). He was President of the Manitoba Music Teachers’ Association, and a member of the Men’s Music Club, and the Winnipeg Rotary Club.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2020

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