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Memorable Manitobans: Albert Edwin Smith (1875-1950)

Butcher, insurance representative, municipal official.

Born at Elma, Ontario on 20 December 1875, he settled near Virden in 1899, opened a butcher shop and worked for Wawanesa Mutual Insurance as a representative for almost 50 years. He served the Rural Municipality of Pipestone as a Councillor and Reeve (1918), and was Secretary of the Pipestone-Albert Agricultural Society, Manager of the Reston Rink Company, and AF & AM Past Master (Reston Lodge No. 104). Active in the Reston United Church, he was Chair of the Churches Board of Trustees (?-1950), Secretary of its Cemetery Committee, and a Sunday school teacher. He and wife Elizabeth “Eliza” Challener (1879-?) had three children: Donald James Smith (1906-?), Mildred Challener Smith (1909-?, wife of Melville Wallace Cormack), and Olive Lillian Smith (1911-?, wife of H. N. Bergsteinnson). He died at his Reston residence on 1 December 1950 and was buried in Reston Cemetery.


1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“A. E. Smith, 75, former Reeve, Councillor dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1950, page 5.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 February 2015

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