Joseph William Ruston

Male 1877 - 1957  (~ 79 years)


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  • Name Joseph William Ruston 
    Born Sep 1877  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1 Jun 1911  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1 Jun 1916  MacDonald, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1 Jun 1921  South Cypress, MacDonald, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1 Jun 1926  South Cypress, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 2 Sep 1957  Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1754  My family tree | Family of Eugene Francis Apperley
    Last Modified 9 May 2020 

    Wife Vanquilla Annetta Brooks,   b. 16 Jun 1888, Tara, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 27 Oct 1909  Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Ruston, Joseph and Vanquilla (Brooks)
      In 1909, Joseph Ruston and his wife Vanquilla Brooks took over the family farm. Six children were born in the big farmhouse (Edward, Vera, Wilfred, Elwin, Margaret, and Preston). Joseph carried on mixed farming. He was proud of his abundant orchard and garden. The horses from the Ruston farm were also a source of pride. Joseph's team, Kate and Grit were first place prize winners at the Agricultural Fair in 1908. Joseph took an active part in community affairs. He was a member of the local school board and the United Grain Growers Association. He also joined in with other members of the community by providing vocal entertainment at the community concerts. He was also an avid hunter.
      The Ruston children went to school in Cypress River, and, when time and money would permit, they took part in such activities as hockey and music. Edward, the eldest son, married Mary Jones (1944). He established a garage and repair shop in Greenway. Later he was employed by the C.N.R. He made his home in Melville, Saskatchewan. Edward and Mary had one son (died in infancy) and four daughters. Their children, Enid, Sharon, Sandra, and Bonnie, all reside in Saskatchewan. Edward retired from the C.N.R. and reestablished his farming days by doing some gentleman farming. He also built a working portable sawmill.
      Vera married George (Hiscock) Turner (1933). They lived in Ontario, British Columbia and settled in California in 1954.
      Elwin served in the R.C.A.F. from 1940-1945. He returned from overseas and worked as a fireman on the C.N.R. In 1950 he was killed in a head-on train collision
      west of Sioux Lookout. Ontario.
      Margaret married Everett Young (1940) and lived on the S.W. quarter of the old Ruston homestead. In 1958, they and their three children. Donna, Diane and Beatrice, moved to California. Margaret has since returned to Canada and is living in Winnipeg. Donna resides in Cypress River, Diane is in Belmont and Beatrice is in
      Winnipeg.
      Preston married Hazel Hutchinson (1959). They made their home in Virden and later moved to Saskatchewan. They presently reside in Russell. Preston and Hazel had four sons: Randy. Patrick, Scott. and Dean, (and a daughter, stillborn). The boys all reside in Manitoba.
      Wilfred like many other young men in the 1930's travelled the country in search of employment. In 1941 he joined the R.C.A.F. He married Wilma Bunn (1942). In
      1949 he moved back to Manitoba and took over the family farm. Joseph and Vanquilla retired in Cypress River. Joseph or Grandpa Joe, as he was known to his grandchildren, returned to the farm to tend his garden and orchard and to entertain his grandchildren with stories of the olden days. The story of how he killed a
      bear (at the age of 16) on the farm was probably the most popular. He told of how it was necessary to hand-load the shells for his rifle (44.40 Winchester 1873), of how he stalked the bear, and finally how he killed it. Joseph died September 2, 1957. His widow, Vanquilla, presently resides in St. Paul's Lutheran Home in Melville,
      Saskatchewan. At the time of writing she was 97 years old.
      Wilfred and Wilma had five children: Faye, Brian, Lynda, Gary, and Terry. Wilfred served as a school trustee, and also spent many hours coaching minor hockey. In January 1980, he was presented with the Minor Hockey League A ward that recognized his contribution to minor hockey in Manitoba. He also worked as caretaker for the open air rink and was often called upon to prepare the hockey ice. Wilfred and his family also received recognition from their community and the Manitoba Historical Society upon the 100th anniversary of the family farm. The family was joined by relatives and friends at a two-day centennial celebration on the farm in July 1980.
      Wilfred's children all attended school in Cypress River. The younger children also attended high school in Glenboro. Their daughters, Faye and Lynda, became nurses, married and lived in Winnipeg. Faye married Ron Ksionzyk (1967). Lynda married Don Rausch (1973) and now resides in Calgary. Brian married Mildred Adams (1972), resided in Winnipeg and later moved to Cypress River. Terry lives in Cypress River.
      Gary and Beverley Anderson were married in 1975. He, like the Ruston men before him, enjoys hunting and the outdoors. He has taken an active part in agricultural fairs, particularly in the events involving horses.

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    Children 6 children 
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F549  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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