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Memorable Manitobans: William Isaac Smale (1859-1924)

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William Isaac Smale
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Born at Bowmanville, Ontario on 2 June 1859, son of John Smale and Grace Dawe, brother of Albert James Smale, after a local education he worked as a farm hand until he was 17, then apprenticing as a carriage blacksmith. He later moved to Carberry where he was proprietor of the Carberry News (1900-1910), a town councillor (1895-1900), and school trustee (1903-1910).

In 1910, he was appointed manager of the Western Agricultural Arts Association, serving as secretary and treasurer of the Brandon Winter Fair and the Brandon Summer Fair, based at Brandon.

On 12 December 1879, he was married to Mary Elizabeth Jacobs (1859-1920) at Bowmanville. They had ten children: William Smale (1879-?), Grace Evelyn Smale (1881-?), Hubert J. Smale (1882-?), Frederick L. Smale (1886-?), Alberta May Smale (1890-1900), Moszetta Daw Smale (1892-1918), Ella Julie Smale (1893-?), Inez Margaret Smale (1895-1896), Albert Rae Smale, and Alton Clifford Smale (1900-1901). Around 1915, the family lived at 642 Fourteenth Street, Brandon. He was a member of the IOOF and Methodist church.

He died at Brandon on 22 September 1924 and was buried in the Carberry Cemetery.


Ontario marriage registration, Ancestry.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“The editors of the provincial liberal press,” Manitoba Free Press, 13 December 1901, page 10.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Who's Who and Why, Volumes 6 and 7, 1915-1916, page 735.

“W. I. Smale, prominent Brandon citizen, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 September 1924, page 9.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 November 2021

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