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Memorable Manitobans: James Smith (1858-?)


Born at Aberdeen, Scotland on 21 August 1858, he apprenticed as a blacksmith then worked as a journeyman. In 1881 he emigrated to Canada and settled near Stratford, Ontario. Soon afterward he moved to Stark, Illinois where he ran a blacksmith shop for 19 years and imported horses. In 1901, he came to Brandon as manager for the horse-buying firm of A. Galbraith & Company. He also owned a half interest in the Empire Hotel in partnership with James Kirkcaldy.

In November 1887 he married Janet Murray who died in 1893, leaving two children: Stacey Burdett Smith and Ruby Jane Smith. He was a member of the Masons, Peoria Commandery, Knights Templars, and IOOF.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2013

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