Memorable Manitobans: James Ryan (1852-1937)
Born at Perth, Ontario on 15 February 1852, son of Michael Ryan and Sarah Molyneaux, he came to Winnipeg in the spring of 1879 and joined his brothers Thomas Ryan and George Ryan in the shoe business. As head of the firm of Ryan & Fares, he operated one of the largest ranches in Canada, the “Two-Bar” ranch near Gleichen, Alberta. He was one of the first men in Canada to import, show and race saddle horses from Kentucky.
He was married to Mary Ann Morris. They had six children: Mary Ryan (b 1878), James Ryan (b 1880), George Russell Ryan, William Harold Ryan (b 1887), Rietta Ryan (b 1891) and Muriel Ryan (b 1897). He was a brother-in-law of Robert D. Paterson.
He died at his Winnipeg home on 25 August 1937.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“James Ryan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1937, page 20.
“Noted rancher is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1937, page 7.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 October 2016
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