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Memorable Manitobans: William Isaac Smale (1859-1924)

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W. I. Smale
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Born at Bowmanville, Ontario on 2 June 1859, son of John Smale and Grace Dawe, brother of Albert J. Smale, after a local education he worked as a farm hand until he was 17, then apprenticing as a carriage blacksmith. He later came to Carberry, Manitoba. 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 (b 1879), Grace Evelyn Smale (b 1881), Hubert J. Smale (b 1882), Frederick L. Smale (b 1886), Alberta May Smale (1890-1900), Moszetta Daw Smale (b 1892), Ella Julie Smale (b 1893), Inez Margaret Smale (b 1895), Albert Rae Smale, and Alton Clifford Smale (b 1900). He was a member of the IOOF and the 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.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 November 2013

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