Thomas William Smith, b. 15 December 1867 at Barrie, Ontario, d. 6 September 1946 at Duncan, British Columbia
Father: James Smith, b. 24 January 1838 at Toronto, Ontario, d. 4 February 1910
Mother: Ellen Loane, b. 14 June 1840 at Limerick, Ireland, d. 7 May 1924
Thomas lived a gay life during his early days in the East. He played trumpet in a Toronto band and turned a fancy step on the dance floor. The story goes that "Lady Eaton often booked him at the Mount Royal Hotel dances".
After his marriage to Minnie in 1898, they moved to Winnipeg, where Thomas took over the management of a CPR boarding house owned by one of his cousins from the Richard Smith side of the family. The rest of the Smiths were nearby in Ridgeville. Minnie was very different from the other city women he was used to. She was blonde, cute, religious and only 18 years old. He was 32 and worldly from fast-living in Toronto.
J. Henry Smith was a cousin and close friend of Thomas and about the same age. They'd shared many experiences together long before they arrived in Duncan. Henry was a wheeler-dealer businessman who held a number of management positions within the R. Smith & Company organization. He was the persuasive force that coaxed Thomas to the west coast in 1920. In later years, whenever Henry visited the farm, he and Pa would party together into the wee hours. This was a side of Pa that Minnie never shared.
A farmer at heart, Thomas was a lover of the land and his home. He took great pride in his garden. He was a superb outdoorsman and excellent shot and had many tales to tell of the years when Canada teemed with game. During the years in Manitoba he trained hunting dogs.
Spouse: (Minnie) Wilhemena Ellen Tohm, b. 5 October 1880 at Poland, d. 28 September 1957 at Duncan, British Columbia
Father: Daniel Tohm, b. 7 May 1860 at Zhitomir Parish, Poland, d. 16 March 1943 at New Westminster, British Columbia
Mother: Caroline Bittner, b. 25 September 1858 at Poland, d. 22 December 1944 at Duncan, British Columbia
Married 1898 at St John's, Norway, East Toronto. More
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