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Memorable Manitobans: James Rusk Howarth (1853-1902)


Born at Edinburgh, Scotland on 7 July 1853, son of James Rusk, his early childhood was spent at Aberdeen. His father was killed while serving in the British Army in Afghanistan and his mother died a month later. He was adopted by an uncle and took on his surname of Howarth. He came to Canada in 1860 and worked at a woollen mill at Peterborough, Ontario. While there, he met and married Eliza Lowrie (1853-?) and they had four children: Edna Winnifred “Winnie” Howarth (1877-?, wife of William John Bates), David Rusk Lowrie Howarth (1878-?, husband of Leah Pearl Embury), Eva Celestia Howarth (1879-?, wife of William Archibald Logan), and Helen Howarth (?-?). He served as a lay Methodist preacher in Ontario for a number of years before coming to Manitoba, continuing his religious work successively at Treherne, Chater (c1891), Stockton, and Wapella (North West Territories, now Saskatchewan). After receiving a degree in theology, he served as a minister at Rapid City, Dominion City (c1901), and Meadow Lea (?-1902). He died of stomach cancer at Winnipeg on 15 October 1902 and was buried in the Rapid City Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 18 October 1902, page 5.

This page was prepared by Andrew Cunningham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2020

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