Memorable Manitobans: John George Smith (1873-1947)
Market gardener, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 23 February 1873, son of John Smith (c1849-1922) and Margaret Louise Smith (c1851-1904), he became a market gardener and served as a Councillor and Reeve of the RM of St. James (1922-1923) as well as a member of the St. James School Board. He was a Justice of the Peace (1936-?) in St. James following the resignation of Thomas Sharp. He retired from market gardening in 1942. On 1 August 1906, he married Mabel Margaret Wright (1880-1949, daughter of Archibald F. Wright) at Winnipeg and they had six children: Norman Wright Smith (1907-?), George Smith (1908-?), John Melville Smith (1909-1981), Digby Ramsay Smith (1911-1968), Edna Smith (?-?, wife of W. A. Craig), and Mary Agnes Louise Smith (1913-1975, wife of George Charles Leslie Butler). He was a member of the St. James Anglican Church and an honouary life member of the St. James Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and the St. James Masonic Lodge No. 121. He was a Liberal candidate in the 1932 provincial general election but was defeated by Ralph Webb. He died at his residence, 180 Lyle Street, on 11 February 1947 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1891 & 1901 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Whiteman gets post as agronomist for extension service,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 February 1936, page 15.
“Ex-St. James Reeve dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 February 1947, page 22.
“Mrs. J. G. Smith,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1949, page 11.
Obituary [Mary Agnes Louise Butler], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1975, page 39.
We thank Mike Smith for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 25 April 2019
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