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Memorable Manitobans: Robert M. Smith (1875-?)


Born at Dunkeld, Scotland on 25 September 1875, son of Alexander Smith and Mary McLeish, he attended public school of Butterstone, quitting at the age of 12 to work in a grocery store. After four years, he had to quit the job due to poor health. In 1894, he emigrated to Canada where he worked for four years in a general store at Oak Lake, Manitoba, after which he joined the general mercantile firm of A. E. Hill Company at Griswold, Manitoba. In 1911 he purchased a parnership in the business, renaming it Gillespie and Smith. On 14 October 1902, he married May Wilkinson. They had two children: Ernest Smith and Gladys Smith. He was a member of the Masons and the Canadian Order of Foresters.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2010

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