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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Norlande Ruttan (1848-1925)

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Born at Cobourg, Ontario on 21 May 1848, son of Henry Jones and Margaret Ruttan, he was educated at Cobourg. He commenced a career in the engineering department of the Grand Trunk Railway (1866 to 1869), engineering staff of the Intercolonial (1869 to 1874), Canadian Pacific Railway (1874 to 1877), general practice of engineering (1877 to 1885), City Engineer, Winnipeg, since 1885. Served in No. 1 Company, 40th Battalion, during Fenian Raid, 1866. Onformation of 90th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles, was gazetted Captain of Company B. Served during North West Rebellion, 1885, under General Middleton. In command of 90th Battalion, 1895-1900, when was placed on list of Reserve Officers. On organization of 100th Regiment of the Winnipeg Grenadiers in 1910, he was gazetted to command. In 1918, he supervised construction of the Provencher Bridge.

In 1882, he married Andrina Barberie of Dalhousie, New Brunswick. They had five children: Mary Louise Ruttan (b 1877), Arthur Charles Ruttan, Charles Millidge Ruttan, Francis Norlande Ruttan (b 1885), and J. D. Ruttan (b 1888). He was a member of the AF & AM, Institute of Civil Engineers (London), American Society Civil Engineering (New York), Canadian Society Civil Engineering (President in 1910), Royal Society Arts and Manufacturing, Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, St. Charles Country Club, Winnipeg Automobile Club, and the Anglican church. Address: Armstrong’s Point, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 13 October 1925. His papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 March 2011

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