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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Blossom Harris Smith (1868-1950)


Born at Bathurst, New Brunswick on 9 July 1868, daughter of Thomas Archibald Harris (?-?) and Sarah Anne Call (1841-?), she accompanied her family to Manitoba in 1882. Settling at Winnipeg, she and her sister sister Annie Harris (1873-?) worked as teachers for the Winnipeg School Board. She taught at North Central School (?-1891) prior to serving as Principal of Fort Rouge School (1891-1900). She went on to teach at Isbister School (1900-1902), Mulvey School (1902-1904), and Carlton School (1904-1905). In December 1905, she began to assist Superintendent D. J. McIntyre with primary grade administration. In 1910, she returned to New Brunswick where she married Henry Richard Smith (1859-1939) and resided at Campbellton. She returned to Winnipeg following her husband’s death. She died on 13 January 1950 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, New Brunswick Vital Statistics.

1891 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“School board,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 January 1886, page 4.

“Winnipeg schools worth $1,042,050,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 December 1905, page 7.

Death notice [Henry Richard Smith], Winnipeg Tribune, 9 January 1939, page 16.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1950, page 15.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 January 1950, page 28.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 July 2016

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