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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.


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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