Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Charles Ruttan (1878-1918)
Grain dealer, soldier.
Born at Kingston, Ontario on 3 March 1878, son of Henry Main Ruttan (1844-1923) and Mary Isabella Hart (1843-1917), he was educated in Kingston schools and at Queen’s University. He came to Winnipeg in 1899 and joined the James Richardson grain firm as western manager. He was a member of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange and a director of the Lake Shippers’ Clearing Association. On 30 May 1906, he married Beatrice Wilson Robertson (1884-1969), daughter of John P. Robertson of Winnipeg, and they had four children. He joined the 90th Winnipeg Rifles some years before the outbreak of war but, in 1916, he assisted in raising the 144th Battalion and received the rank of Major. He served with distinction in the Imperial forces and returned to Canada on furlough in 1918. He died very suddenly of influenza on 3 November 1918, a week after returning to Winnipeg, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated on a Masonic war memorial.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Major A. C. Ruttan dies at home here,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 November 1918, page 5.
“Major Ruttan is “flu” victim,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 November 1918, page 9.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Finding Our Grandfather: Notebooks of Major Arthur Charles Ruttan 1916-1918 by Carol Marshall, 2018.
We thank Suyoko Tsukamoto for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 May 2019
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