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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Smellie Brothers Company Store (300 Main Street, Russell, Municipality of Russell-Binscarth)

In 1897, brothers A. G. P. Smellie and Thomas S. T. Smellie (1849-1925) formed the general retail business of Smellie Brothers and Company. In 1906, they built this one-storey structure in Russell, greatly expanding the preceding 1885 building, using bricks made at Asessippi. After the Smellie business vacated the space, it was occupied by the Robinson store, then Dale’s of Russell, and later by a law office. The building is a municipally designated historic site.

Smellie Brothers Company Store

Smellie Brothers Company Store (1930s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0151

Smellie Brothers Company Store

Smellie Brothers Company Store (August 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.78139, W101.28770
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Albert Gale Parker Smellie (1862-1936)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Charles Smellie (1898-1975)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Smellie Bros. Co. Store (Dale’s of Russell) 300 Main Street, Russell, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

Russell Historical Walking Tour, Asessippi Parkland Tourism.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 November 2016

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