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Memorable Manitobans: William Alvin Cooper (1883-1949)


Born at Boissevain on 4 August 1883, eldest of seven children of John Thomas Cooper (1846-1925) and Annie Glazier (1849-1923), he attended Boissevain School then moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1900. He obtained a teachers’ certificate and taught for two years in rural Manitoba, including at Brook’s Grove School (1904). He then entered the Manitoba Medical College and graduated with honours in 1909. In the early 1920s, he practiced medicine and operated a private hospital attached to his residence at 538 Sargent Avenue in Winnipeg. The family later lived at 98 Balmoral Place (c1925-1931) and 180 West Gate (1931-1932). On 23 June 1909, he married Myrtle Marion Handford (1887-1963) of Snowflake and they had five children: Alvin John Cooper (1910-1978), Arthur Edwin Cooper (1911-?), Dorothy Marion Cooper (1913-?, wife of Arnott Day), Irene Annie Cooper (1915-?), and William Handford Cooper (1917-?). He died at the Grace Hospital on 6 May 1949 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cooper House (180 West Gate, Winnipeg)


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“Physicians and surgeons,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 April 1925, page 18.

“John T. Cooper, long resident in city, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 June 1925, page 1.

“Dr. W. Cooper dies in hospital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 May 1949, page 4.

Obituary [Rev. Dr. Alvin John Cooper], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 June 1978, page 47.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2019

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