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Memorable Manitobans: Michael Ryder (1874-1949)

Click to enlargeRailway freight agent.

Born at Lucan, Ontario on 6 August 1874, son of James and Kathleen Ryder, he worked on the family farm until the age of 17 when he became a bookkeeper and later a telegrapher at the Lucan post office. He later became a telegraph operator for the Canadian Pacific Railway at Fort William, moving to other points on the railroad until 1896, when he was promoted to the position of freight agent. During the next 10 years, he was posted at various points between Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and Brandon, Manitoba. From August 1906 to March 1907 he was a traveling car service agent then, in the latter month, became freight agent at Brandon.

On 15 August 1900, he married Regina Aurora Therien (1880-1917) at Brandon. They had five children: Mary May Queen Ryder, Edward Ryder, Leo Ryder, Doris Ryder, and Cecil John Ryder. The family lived at 305 Second Street, Brandon. He was a member of the Brandon Commercial Club and the local Roman Catholic church.

He moved to London, Ontario in early 1939, where he died on 22 October 1949 and was buried in Brandon Cemetery.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

We thank Bill Newell for providing additional information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2011

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