Memorable Manitobans: John Simpson Hooper (1875-1940)
Born at London, Ontario on 24 April 1875, son of Samuel Hooper and Jane Ferguson Simpson (1855-1942), he came to Winnipeg as a child and was educated locally. He joined his father’s architectural practice as a draftsman and, after his father’s death in 1911, he practiced in partnership with William Thraves Davis. He served as Secretary to the Winnipeg Builders Exchange in the 1910s. On 5 June 1899, he married Margaret Ann Bell (1876-1958) at Emerson and they had three daughters: Margaret Bell Hooper (1900-?, wife of Thomas A. Spear), Dorothy Gertrude Hooper (1903-1978, wife of Irvin A. Plumm), and Jean Simpson Hooper (1915-?, wife of Terry Norvell). He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. He died at Red Deer, Alberta on 7 August 1940 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“City architect dies in Alberta,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1940, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1940, page 11.
Obituary [Margaret Ann Hooper], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1958, page 28.
Obituary [Dorothy Gertrude Plumm], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1978, page 45.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
A peek inside - Panama Court, Corydon Times.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 November 2020