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Memorable Manitobans: Wilmer Owen “Bim” Smith (1922-2013)

Farmer.

Born on the family farm near High Bluff, Manitoba on 17 January 1922, son of Robert Smith and Agnes Brownridge, as a young man he was the caretaker for Dale School. In 1938, at the age of 16, he began competitively plowing with a walking plow behind a team of two or more horses. He competed in many plowing matches, becoming the Manitoba and Western Canadian Champion on four occasions with his Case tractor and implements, now on display at the Fort la Reine Museum. In 1970, he became Canadian National Champion in the Seniors Division. He died at Portage la Prairie on 28 August 2013.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 2013.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2013

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