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Memorable Manitobans: William David Ruttan (1849-1928)

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William David Ruttan
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Storekeeper, publisher.

Born at Adolphustown, Ontario on 21 January 1849, son of D. W. Ruttan, he came to Manitoba in 1879 and settled at Ruttanville. He served on the council for the Rural Municipality of Louise for four years. In 1885, he moved to Manitou where he operated a general store and later bought the Manitou Sun newspaper. He resided in Winnipeg from 1904.

In 1873, he married Phoebe Esme Norman (1851-1953) and they had three children: Frank W. Ruttan (1882-?), ? Ruttan (wife of A. I. Barrie), and Myrtle Norman Ruttan (1888-1970, wife of Earle Bedford Patterson).

He died at his home, 203 Walnut Street, on 6 April 1928 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ruttanville Post Office (RM of Pembina)


Birth registration [Myrtle Norman Ruttan], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“The editors of the provincial liberal press,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 December 1901, page 10.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“W. D. Ruttan, pioneer of Manitoba, is dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 April 1928.

“Mrs. Ruttan dies at 102,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 March 1953.

“W. D. Ruttan” Undated newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Obituary [Myrtle Norman Patterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1970, page 32.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2022

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