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Memorable Manitobans: James Ryan (1852-1937)

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James Ryan
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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 and wife Mary Ann Morris (1857-1909) had six children: Mary Ryan (1878-?), James Ryan, George Russell Ryan, William Harold Ryan (1887-?), Rietta Irene Ryan (1891-1932, wife of ? Fately) and Muriel Ryan (1897-?). He was a brother-in-law of Robert D. Paterson. He died at his Winnipeg home, 93 Middle Gate, on 25 August 1937 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ryan Brothers Building / Great Western Electric Building (110 James Avenue, Winnipeg)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Mrs. Jas. Ryan passes away,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 November 1909, page 1.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 March 1932, page 16.

“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: 21 May 2019

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