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Memorable Manitobans: Alborn Charles Smith (1833-?)

Horse buyer.

Born at Wolfe Island, Ontario on 9 October 1833, son of James Smith and Phoebe Estes, he worked as a farmer and lumberman until 1877 when he came to Manitoba, locating first at Emerson where he bought and sold horses until 1886. Then he moved to Morden and, in 1895, to Carman. He made frequent horse-buying trips to Ontario, Montana, and the North West Territories.

In 1857 he married Eliza Holmes of Selkirk, Ontario. They had six children: Ella (wife of George Rorbitroy), Minnie (wife of Perry Finch), James Bernardo Smith, Arabella (wife of Henry Head), Mabel Smith, and William Smith. He was a Mason.


A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Page revised: 13 November 2008

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