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The judiciary in Manitoba has been particularly blessed with the high calibre of men of law who have called Portage la Prairie their home.


Hon. Joseph Ryan was born

in Ontario on Dec. 18th, 1841. He received his education at Regiopolis College, Kingston, Ontario.

In 1869 he was called to the Ontario Bar. That was also the year that he married Mary Hel­ ena Collins, niece of P. Macrnan­ amin of Kingston, Ontario. (From this union there were four sons and two daughters.)

He e d i ted the Kingston "British American Reform" for a short period of time before coming west to Portage la Prairie (1874) where he commenced to make

Hon. Joseoh Ryan many valuable contributions to

the community by his presence. He was the first solicitor for the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, and was one of the organizers and the first President of the Urban Mutual Fire Insurance Co. which was later absorbed by the Portage la Prairie Mutual Insurance Co. From 1874 to 1885 he represented the constituency of Marquette in the Liberal interest. Prior to the latter date in (1879) he was elected Vice-President of the Dominion Law Society.

In 1885 he had the honor of becoming the first Judge of the County Court for the Central Judicial District of Manitoba; a com­ missioner to invcstiga te the affairs of the town of Portage la Prairie in 1887; a commissioner to investigate the affairs of the town of Minnedosa in 1888; and Cl R.O. in 1894 under the E.F. Act.

A t the age of 76 years Judge Ryan retired from public life.

Stories of his kindly) understanding nature have been passed down through the years.