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Memorable Manitobans: Frank William Hooker (1860-1935)

Lumberman, politician.

Born at Welland, Ontario on 6 July 1860, he studied pharmacy at Toronto and Orangeville before moving to Winnipeg in 1882 to join his brother Edward Hooker in the lumber and contracting business. He moved to Selkirk in 1883 where he established a lumber yard and the town’s first planing mill. The brothers subsequently operated lumber mills at Grand Marais, Grindstone Point, and Deer Island.

He was married twice, first to Inez Ruth Alvord (1864-1906), with whom he had six children: Leon Alvord Hooker (1888-1917), Frank Roy Hooker (1890-?), Elsie Marion Hooker (1893-?, wife of John R. Ross), Hallie Ruth Hooker (1896-?), Gordon Hooker, and Inez Helen Hooker (1906-?, wife of Ronald Leslie Ross Cockerell). In 1907, he married Marion Nelson. Hooker served four term on the Selkirk town council and was Mayor of Selkirk (1920-1921). He was President of the St. Andrew’s Rural Credits Association.

He died at Selkirk on 23 October 1935 and was buried in the St. Clements Anglican Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Selkirk: The First Hundred Years by Barry Potyondi, 1981, page 74.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Margaret Fieber for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 February 2021

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