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Memorable Manitobans: James Ryan (1880-1950)

Shoe merchant.

Born in Ontario on 17 February 1880, son of James Ryan and Mary Ann Morris (1857-1909), he came to Winnipeg at an early age and eventually worked with his father as a shoe merchant in the firm of James Ryan and Son, and later Ryan Brothers Limited. He was married twice, first in 1902 to May Agnes Caldwell (1885-1931) with whom he had three daughters: Kathleen Rutherford Ryan (1904-1968, wife of Igor Anthony Vanderlake), Eleanor Morris Ryan (?-1981, wife of Charles G. Armstrong and Robert Alexander MacFarlane), and Mary Jane Ryan (1915-1987, wife of Ralph Bruce McDonald). On 9 February 1934, he married Edna Mary Mercier (?-?) at St. Paul, Minnesota. He moved to British Columbia in 1939 and died at Victoria on 19 October 1950. He was buried there.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ryan House (99 Middle Gate, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“James Ryan & Son,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 December 1904, page 2.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Youthful couple plight their troth at house wedding,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 September 1930, page 12.

“Last rites are held for Mrs. May Agnes Ryan,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 June 1931, page 2.

“Interesting wedding,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1934, page 15.

“Mrs. James Ryan, Jr., entertains at dinner for bridal couple,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 September 1934, page 7.

“Pretty church ceremony units Mary Jane Ryan and Ralph Bruce McDonald,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 May 1941, page 11.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Kathleen R. Vanderlake], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1968, page 32.

Obituary [Eleanor M. MacFarlane], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1981, page 93.

Obituary [Mary Jane McDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 1987, page

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 May 2019

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