Edward Schmidt, was the third of four sons born in 1899 to William and Wilhelmina Schmidt of Bentinck Township near Hanover, Ontario. William and Wilhelmina had recently emigrated from Germany being attracted to the Hanover area because of its wealth of farm land and hardwood bushes. Hanover was, by the 1920's, the “Capital” of the Canadian furniture industry.
Edward or “Smitty” as he was known was employed as the head finisher at Peppler Furniture Company. Music was Ed’s first love and he spent more than 25 years as choir director and organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. In the mid 1930's, Ed grew tired of factory life and started his own business, Smitty’s Piano Sales. Eventually more than 3,500 pianos were sold by Ed and his three sons - Elmer, Gordon and Lloyd. Elmer, returning from the war in 1945, gained experience in the hardware and appliance business working for Sarvis Hardware in Hanover. Lloyd had just finished high school in 1949 when he and Elmer joined their father to build a retail store in the north end of Hanover across from the CNR railway station.
Smitty's Shopping Centre was founded in 1949,
and began by selling groceries, meats, vegetables, hardware
Ed’s other son Gordon joined Smitty’s with his sewing machine
In 1963 Smitty’s opened a modern 13,000 square foot home furnishings showroom and
In the 1970's...
a 25,000 square foot warehouse was built across the street from the showroom so that the selling area could be expanded further.
Realizing the need to be closer...
to our customer base in the Golden Horseshoe area, Smitty’s opened its second showroom in Cambridge in 1985.
Smitty's Fine Furniture Celebrates 50 Years
The Schmidt family celebrates
Christina Schmidt's 100th Birthday
We have returned to the type of merchandising that has made us successful over the years.
We have a very clear vision of selling quality furniture with an emphasis on “Made In Canada”.
The Schmidt's are still actively involved...
in the company and their family has grown to include 50 employees. We believe that it is our family values that have allowed us to be where we are today. Words like Caring, Giving, Trustworthy, are the words that we live by from the moment you step through our doors until we step through yours. Customer satisfaction and tremendous value was and still is Smitty's trademark.
In 2019 we celebrate 70 years of providing quality, Canadian made home furnishings to our customers in Southwestern Ontario.
Thank you for being part of our history.
Bob Gray- President, Smitty's Fine Furniture
Smitty's Fine Furniture - proud supporter of Canadian craftsmanship