CHARLES VICTOR SMITH.
One of Regina's progressive business men who has in recent years
taken more than a minor part in the promotion of local enterprises and
commercial affairs is Charles Victor Smith, general manager and secretary
of the Saskatchewan Mortgage & Trust Corporation, Limited, with which
he has been associated since its organization in 1909. Mr. Smith was born
in Manitowaning, Ontario, the son of W. R. and Louise (Vanzant) Smith,
both of whom were natives of that region. His education was obtained in
his birthplace. Upon coming west in 1905 he spent two years in the
lumber business at Weyburn, following which he came to Regina to enter
the employ of the Great West Permanent Loan Company as an accountant.
He resigned this position in 1909 to join in the organization of the Sas-
katchewan Mortgage & Trust Corporation, Limited. This has grown to
be one of the most substantial and reliable concerns of its kind in the
province and does a large volume of business annually. After serving the
corporation as an accountant for the first three years of its history, Mr.
Smith was elected to his present position of secretary and general man-
ager and in this dual capacity has been one of the principal factors in the
company's development. In addition to his associations with the Sas-
katchewan Mortgage Corporation, Mr. Smith is a director of the Central
Canadian Securities, Limited, and maintains official connections with sev-
eral other well known financial and commercial enterprises of the city.
Mr. Smith was married on January 15, 1918, to Miss Mabel Graham,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Graham of Govan, Saskatchewan, and a
native of Ontario. Mr. Graham has retired from active life as a business
man after a very prosperous career and is now Municipal Secretary in
Govan. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Bettie, aged
three; and Junior, who has just celebrated the first anniversary of his
Mr. Smith is a member of the Canadian and Kiwanis Clubs of Regina.
In 1910 he held the office of secretary in the Saskatchewan Amateur Ath-
letic Association. Through this society and his own personal efforts he has
done much to stimulate an interest in amateur sports throughout the
province and to get such games as Rugby, lacrosse, hockey and the other
outdoor sports established in the various localities as permanent and
popular forms of recreation and amusement. A successful pursuit of
business affairs, in Mr. Smith's opinion, is not incompatible with a proper
enthusiasm for wholesome exercise and diversion. On the contrary, he
maintains that the increased bodily vigor resulting from the participation
in these outdoor sports makes a man more effective in his office
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