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Manitoba History No. 88

No. 88

Lieutenant Governor's History Award

War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
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Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
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Memorable Manitobans: Ellen Gillies Cooke (1908-1994)


Born near Garson on 26 November 1908, daughter of Benjamin Charles Cooke and Annie Maud Thompson, she had a life-long interest in Manitoba history. She received BA (1941) and MA (1943) degrees from the University of Manitoba, writing a thesis for the latter on the 1896 federal election in Manitoba. Over the years she operated a rooming house and worked as a stenographer and reporter. On 26 May 1933, she married psychologist Peter J. Paetkau (?-1980) at Winnipeg and, in 1938, they changed their surname to Hampton. The couple divorced in mid-1943. She died at Winnipeg on 4 November 1994 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Her articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Norquays in the Red River Disturbances
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 21, Number 2, Winter 1976


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Notice of application for a change of name,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 November 1938, page 17.

“Master of Arts,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 May 1943, page 3.

“Final decrees,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 August 1943, page 4.

Obituary [Peter J. Hampton], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 1980, page 51.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1994, page 14.

We thank Gerald Friesen and Lewis Stubbs for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 January 2015

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