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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Huston Smith (1875-1926)

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Robert H. Smith
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School official.

Born at Goderich, Ontario on 21 April 1875, he came to Winnipeg at a young age with his parents. In January 1893 he began working for the Winnipeg School Board as an assistant for Stewart Mulvey. On his boss’ resignation in October 1907, Smith succeeded him as Secretary-Treasurer of the Winnipeg School Board. He held the position until his death. He also served as Secretary of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board, business manager of the Western School Journal, Vice-President of the Winnipeg School Masters’ Club, and a member of the Manitoba Educational Association and the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association.

On 23 November 1899 he married Marie Wilhelmina Roberts. They had four daughters: Flora Bernice Smith (b 1901), Kathleen Smith (b 1903), Miriam Smith (b 1908), and Roberta. He was a charter member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, its honorary treasurer from 1906 to 1909 and honorary secretary from 1910 to 1919. Active in amateur sports, he was secretary of the Winnipeg Lacrosse Club and a charter member of the Civic Curling Club.

He died at his Winnipeg home on 29 August 1926 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery. He is commemorated by Robert H. Smith School in Winnipeg.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: River Heights School / Robert H. Smith School (315 Oak Street, Winnipeg)


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Death calls Robt. H. Smith, Secretary of School Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1926, page 1. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 June 2015

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