Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Wesley Hooper (1868-1941)
Educator, school inspector.
Born in Durham County, Ontario on 7 October 1868, son of Richard Hooper and Mary McFeetors, he came to Manitoba in August 1890. He taught school at various places then attended the Winnipeg Normal School, graduating in 1895. He taught at Selkirk School (1894-1900) then was appointed a School Inspector at Brandon, and Principal of the Brandon Normal School. He resigned in late 1913 to become a teacher at the Manitoba Normal School, retiring in 1937 as its Vice-Principal.
On 25 July 1896, he married Ida Campbell (1870-1935), sister of Colin Campbell, at Winnipeg. They had three children: John Campbell Hooper (1897-1927), Mary Kennedy Hooper Wees (1900-1994), and Richard Archibald Hooper (1906-?). From 1901 to 1913, the family lived at 237 Sixteenth Street, Brandon and Hooper was a member of the Masons (Lisgar Lodge No. 2) and St. Mathews Anglican Church. In late 1913, they moved to Winnipeg and lived at 68 Niagara Street until his death.
He died at Winnipeg on 12 February 1941 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Birth, marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Henderson’s City Directory for Brandon, 1906.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Obituary [John Campbell Hooper], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1927, page 11.
Obituary [Ida Campbell Hooper], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1935, page 32.
“A. W. Hooper, 72, educationist, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1941, page 17.
“Teachers attend A. W. Hooper funeral,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1941, page 5.
Obituary [Mary Kennedy Wees], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1994, page D8.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 November 2022