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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Smith (1826-1927)

Cook, pioneer.

Born at Ballantree Island, Cape Breton on 18 May 1826, son of David and Mary Smith, he went as a child to Bruce, Ontario, later working as a cook for fishermen of the Atlantic Ocean. He came to Winnipeg and worked as a cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway construction gangs employed west of Winnipeg by Whitehead and Company, remaining with them as far west as Banff. For a short time he cook for lumber crews of the firm of Lowde, Gay and Company at Saginair, Michigan. He was married twice, first on 22 August 1891 to a Mrs. Barnes of Chicester, England. After her death in 1910, he married Mrs. Maggie Simpson McArthur of Barmucity, Scotland on 5 July 1912. Up to the time of his death, he lived with his wife on a small farm adjoining the CPR track at Shoal Lake. He died there on 21 November 1927.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Daniel Smith, old timer, observes 100th birthday,” newspaper clipping dated 29 May 1926. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 November 2017

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