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Mediterranean. He chose instead to remain in Erickson as a country doctor, available to all who needed him regardless of weather, day or night, motivated by his concern for his fellowmen. In 1935-36, he was granted a Rockefeller Scholarship by the Hon. John Bracken, Premier of Manitoba, to study at the University of Toronto's School of Hygiene, receiving a diploma in public health. He felt privileged to study under Drs. Frederick Banting and Charles Best, co-discoverers of insulin for treating diabetes.
From 1927 to 1948 he was Conservative Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for the Minnedosa Riding. He served on many government committees, principally those concerned with municipal affairs and public health and welfare. He successfully introduced a resolution requesting the federal government to establish a National Park at Riding Mountain. The development of the park provided much needed employment for many men during the depression years and a great deal of supplies came from his constituency. Municipal lists were consulted as to priority in granting work. Need was the password for a job. He also served as their doctor from 1930 to 1936. He worked with the Hon. W.R. Clubb to get provincial and federal relief grant money to build a highway from Minnedosa to Clear Lake. This gravel relief road was the foundation for the present No. 10 Highway. He also helped obtain a grant for relief work on highway No. 45 west of Erickson to Russell.
He was chairman of all Red Cross branches in his constituency and during the war years was president of the Erickson and district branch. At this time, he also served as doctor for the German prisoners of war camp at Lake Audy and for the "conscientious objectors" at Wasagaming. It took a lot of co-operation to conduct a practice under a municipal doctor system.
Of his busy and varied life the doctor wrote of the experiences which were most meaningful, the highlights. First mentioned was the thrill of again setting foot on Canadian soil after serving overseas in the First World War. At one time he had been voted the best third baseman in France! In 1936 he was given a certificate of thanks and a silver tea service from the Erickson district and the unemployed at Riding Mountain National Park for "my kindness to them." The tea service was bought by five and ten cent donations. "Needless to say, this is one of my most treasured possessions." More recognition when leaving and being presented to their Majesties, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 in Winnipeg, were also memorable events. But most of all he seemed to recall the everyday events that brought relief to his patients and the gratitude from them. When he left Erickson he became medical director of the Kildonan-St. Paul Health Unit from 1948 to 1962 when he retired. He then was resident doctor at Grand Beach during the tourist season for a time.
His son, Robert Earl, lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he is district manager in Florida and Georgia for General Foods. Two grandsons, Ronnie and Garry, reside in Florida and a third grandson, Frederick, (B.A. L.L.B.) lives in Selkirk, Manitoba. There is one great granddaughter.
Gladys Rutledge passed away in 1954 and the doctor
Dr. Earl and Ada Rut/edge.
later married Ada Zatylny of Rackham, Manitoba.
In November, 1946, when Dr. Rutledge resigned as Municipal doctor, at a farewell party of five hundred people, he was again given a certificate of thanks which read: "To Dr. E.J. Rutledge - presented by the Erickson Community as a token of your good work," and a cash donation of twenty-five hundred dollars to buy a new car. He said that his thank you speech was the most difficult one he had ever made - "My eyes were moist, also many others." On behalf of the Rackham School District, Father Gregory presented him with a lovely pen and pencil set. Private gifts were also given.
As a local centennial project in Erickson, a plaque was unveiled at the Medical Nursing Unit honouring the doctor. This ceremony took place on April 13, 1968 and was again an emotional experience for him. The plaque reads "Dr. E.J. Rutledge, first municipal doctor in Manitoba, 1922-1946 -- Member of the Legislative Assembly for Minnedosa Riding - 1927-1948." At the unveiling ceremonies Mayor Ed Turner remarked "As long as there is a place called Erickson, the name of Dr. Earl Rutledge will never be forgotten."
Dr. Rutledge died in Winnipeg in 1975. His wife continues to reside there.
SAFRONIUK, MICHAEL AND ANNIE
by Wm. Safroniuk
Mike was born in 1884, in Western Ukraine. He came to Canada in 1902 and worked first in a twine factory in Montreal and then on the railway for a year. After this he came to Mountain Road where he was really happy because he was among people who spoke his language and there were several families who had come from his native village. Besides, there was a Greek Catholic church