Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)
Stone mason, architect.
Born at Hatherleigh, Devon, England on 1 October 1851, son of John and Susannah Hooper, brother of James Hooper, he started a career in his uncle’s office where he studied architecture. He came to Canada in 1869 and settled at London, Ontario where he was trained in stone carving and monument work. His family all went to England in 1878, but he returned to Canada in 1880.
He spent one year at Emerson and came to Winnipeg in 1881 where his first work was that of a monument designer and builder, in partnership with David Ede. In 1893, having studied architecture in England in the office of his uncle, who was Surveyor of the Duchy of Cornwall, he commenced practice at this profession and was working again at Winnipeg at least by 1901.
In 1904, he was appointed the first Provincial Architect of Manitoba, holding the position until his death, when he was succeeded by Victor Horwood. Around 1906, Hooper joined Charles Henry Walker to form the architectural firm of Hooper and Walker. The practice was dissolved by early 1909. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1908).
In 1872, he married Jane Ferguson Simpson (1855-1942) with whom he had four children: John Simpson Hooper, Gertrude Hooper (1882-?, wife of Lee Higbee), Samuel Lawrence Hooper (1888-1919), and Nina Simpson Hooper (1893-1962, wife of Alfred J. Webb).
In the fall of 1911, he traveled to London, England to consult medical specialists and died there on 19 October 1911. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
“Tenders [Bawlf House],” Manitoba Free Press, 8 June 1897, page 5.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 26.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
“Samuel Hooper died in London,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 October 1911, page 1.
“Samuel Hooper dies in England,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 October 1911, page 17.
“Nurses 4 of 1 family who die in 3 months,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 January 1919, page 1.
“City architect dies in Alberta,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1940, page 3.
“Mrs. J. Hooper funeral held,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 September 1942, page 24.
Obituary [Nina Webb], Dauphin Herald, 27 June 1962, page 4.
Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.Error processing SSI file
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Robert Hill, Murray Peterson, and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 January 2023