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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Howard Smith (1882-1940)


Born at Wiltshire, England on 23 July 1882, he attended Cliff College and was a lay preacher for several years before coming to Winnipeg about 1907. He graduated from Wesley College about 1910 and served as a Methodist (and later United) minister at Birtle (c1913), Emerson (c1915), Macdonald (c1921), Victoria Methodist Church (1921-1925), Shoal Lake (?-?), Maryland United Church (1929-1937), and Killarney (1937-1939). On 15 July 1912, he married Reita Smith (1890-1952) and they had seven children: Gladys Julia Smith (1913-?, wife of Frederick John Lane), Joyce Barry Smith, Isla Norine Smith (1918-?), Joan Smith, Bert Smith, Cromwell Smith, and Barry Smith. He died at Stonewall on 20 April 1940.


Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“United Church pastor is dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1940, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 April 2020

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