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Memorable Manitobans: Arnold Morley Smith (1886-1940)

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Arnold Morley Smith
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Business manager.

Born at Aliwal North, South Africa on 4 September 1886 where his father was a missionary, he was educated at Elanfield College, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1906, first working for the Martin Senour Company at Montreal, where he did research on the manufacture of paint. He moved to Winnipeg when the company opened a branch there in 1910. He became Vice-President and General Manager of the International Laboratories Limited when it was formed at St. Boniface in 1919, holding the position until his death.

He and wife Evelyn Georgia Deutzenky (1887-1974) had three daughters: Marie Fannie “Bud” Smith (1909-1930), Dorothy Florence “Dot” Smith (1911-2004, wife of Joseph Putney), and Grace Lillian Smith (1913-?, wife of Harold Van Valkenberg Irwin). He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Men’s Musical Club, Motor Country Club, and AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge). He served as President of the Monarch Hockey Club and was a member of the executive of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, and President of the North End Athletic Association.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 299 Cambridge Street, on 12 July 1940 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: International Laboratories Building (490 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

Obituary [Marie Fannie Smith], Winnipeg Tribune, 3 November 1930, page 17.

“International Laboratories wins success in 15 years,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 August 1934, page 69.

“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]

“Arnold Smith dies Friday at age of 53,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1940, page 2.

“Sportsman, executive Arnold M. Smith dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1940, page 11.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 12 July 1940, page 17.

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

Obituary [Evelyn Georgia Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1974, page 37.

Obituary [Dorothy Florence Putney], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 2004.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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