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Memorable Manitobans: W. A. Smith (1862-?)


Born at Forrester’s Falls, Renfrew County, Ontario on 5 September 1862, son of the Reverend Alex Smith and Mary Bennie, he was educated in Ontario and New York state. Family came to Canada from Aberdeen, Scotland; settled in Renfrew county; father, a minister of the Old Kirk, Scotland; filled various charges, Morristown, New York, Theresa, New York, returned to Canada, Chelsea, Quebec; came to Manitoba as a missionary in 1878. Was the first Presbyterian minister in Western Manitoba; Minnedosa until 1890 (retired). Sheriff Smith was for some years with the J. I. Case Co. He was appointed Sheriff of the Northern Judicial District in 1916. Has been a member of the IOOF for thirty-five years; is a Past Noble Grand of Minnedosa Lodge No. 10. Presented with Veteran’s Jewel. Presbyterian. Recreations: Curling and bowling. Address, Court House, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Married Mary MacDougall.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 September 2018

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