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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Smith (1862-1930)

Civil servant.

Born at Birmingham, England on 1 June 1862, son of Obed Smith and Isabella Spink, brother of John Obed-Smith, he was educated at Liverpool public schools and the Liverpool Institute. He came to Canada and worked as a stenographer for the Manitoba Government of Manitoba until 1900. He then worked as a real estate and financial broker until 1916 when he re-entered the civil service as a Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department. On 6 July 1886, he married Elizabeth J. Fowler (?-?) and they had three sons. He was member of the Central Congregational Church. In 1925, the family lived at 527 McMillan Avenue in Winnipeg. He died on 21 November 1930, of carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of his apartment block at 204 Nassau Street, shortly after taking a medical leave from his job.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Veteran civil servant found dead in garage,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 November 1930, page 3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 November 2017

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