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Memorable Manitobans: Gilbert C. Smith (1847-1945)

Farmer, municipal official.

Born in Victoria County, Ontario on 8 May 1847, son of Archibald Smith and Janet McCorquadale, from 1870 to 1872 he worked as a travelling salesman for a wholesale boot and shoe firm in Montreal. From 1873 to 1880 he farmed near Chatham, Ontario then, from 1880 to 1889 he was employed with the Deering Harvester Company of Chicago, after which he came to Manitoba and settled at Boissevain, purchasing a farm twelve miles southwest of town.

In 1874 he married Christina McCorquadale of Woodville, Ontario. They had six children: Archibald, Hugh Sinclair, Gilbert Clarence, Florence Marian, Mary Janet, and Margaret Effie. He served as a councillor and, as of 1894, Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Morton and the Village of Boissevain. On retirement in 1920, he was succeeded by H. J. Philipps. Smith was a member of the AF & AM (Ontario Lodge No. 354) and the Royal Arcanum.

He died at Boissevain in 1945 and was buried in the Boissevain Cemetery.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 May 2017

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