Memorable Manitobans: Richard La Touche Tupper (1845-1904)
Born at Omemee, Ontario on 17 September 1845, son of Captain Tupper, he came to Manitoba in 1874 attached to a government survey party after service in the Union army in the American Civil War. He was on active service with the 91st Provisional Battalion in the North West Rebellion of 1885. In 1887 he spent some time in exploration for oil in the Riding Mountain area.
He held various public offices including Superintendent of Government Telegraphs in the North-West Territories, License Inspector for the City of Winnipeg, Chief of Police and License Inspector for Manitoba (1887-1888), and Superintendent of the Dominion Fish Hatchery at Selkirk (1893-1898).
On 8 February 1893, he married Catherine Jane Higgins (1850-1903, widow of John Higgins) at Winnipeg and adopted her four children. He died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 21 May 1904 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Northwest pioneer dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 May 1904, page 5.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Lyle Brennen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 August 2022