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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
E. M. Smith


Among the successful business men of fled Deer is E. Al. Smith, president of the E. M. Smith Lumber Company, Limited. He was born in Fremont, Nebraska, on the 27th of November, 1889, a son of John Maxwell and Jessie (Barrett) Smith, the former a native of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the latter of Wheatland, Iowa. Their marriage was celebrated in Iowa, where they have made their home for years, their home now being in Waterloo, where Mr. Smith has a successful tailoring establishment. He is conceded to be one of the representative business men of that community and takes an active interest in civic affairs. He follows an independent course in politics, giving his support to the man he thinks best fitted for the office without regard to party principles. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church, while his wife is a consistent communicant of the Catholic church. To their union three children have been born, E. M. being the second in order of birth. Fraternally John Al. Smith is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America.

In the acquirement of his education E. M. Smith attended the public schools of Waterloo and was graduated from the high school there, with the class of 1908. The following two years he spent in the University of Iowa, at the termination of which time he took a course in the Water- loo Business College. His first position in the business world was with an asphalt paving firm in Waterloo. He was active in that connection until 1911, when he came to Regina, where he became associated with the Monarch Lumber Company. Subsequently he engaged in business on his own account at Broderick and Glenside, Saskatchewan. Some three years later he came to Red Deer, arriving on the 15th of October, 1919, and he purchased the lumber business of Gushing Brothers, incorporating it under the name of the Smith Lumber Company, Limited. He is president and general manager of the concern, which handles all kinds of lumber, builders' supplies and fuel. Diligence, practical methods and persistent energy have been dominant factors in his success, which has come to him not by chance but as the result of proven efficiency.

On the 26th of June, 1916, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Smith and Miss Ruth Elizabeth Guile, a native of Oakland, Nebraska, and a graduate of Bryn Mawr. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith one child has been born, Constance, who is ten months old. Mrs. Smith is an active member of the Presbyterian church, while Mr. Smith is a consistent communicant of the Catholic church.

Mr. Smith takes an active interest in community affairs and he is now a member of the city council, chairman of the hospital board and a director in the Agricultural Society. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Smith is meeting with continued success in his undertakings and his business career is being pursued with the unrelenting persistence characteristic of the energetic man of determined purpose.


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