Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Hicks (c1881-1960)
Born in England around 1881, he came to Canada in 1896 and served as Secretary-Treasurer of several mining companies, including the Penniac Reef Gold Mines, Star Lake Gold Mines, and Northern Copper & Nickel Mines. He is supposed to have named Penniac Bay in West Hawk Lake due to its similar appearance to one he had seen at Penniac, New Brunswick. On 15 November 1911, he married Sadie Pearl Stewart (c1891-1959) at Winnipeg. They had two children: Alice Pearl Hicks (1915-1971) and James Stewart “Jim” Hicks (1925-2017, husband of Dona Lillian Benson). He died at his Winnipeg home, 800 Centennial Street, on 31 August 1960 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park. A collection of his photographs of early Manitoba mining is held at the Archives of Manitoba.
Marriage registration [James Henry Hicks, Sadie Pearl Stewart], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registration [Alice Pearl Hicks], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1921 Canada census, Ancestry.
“Trousseau tea honors Dona Lillian Benson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1953, page 19.
Obituary [Mrs. J. H. Hicks], Winnipeg Tribune, 14 December 1959, page 9.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1960, page 30.
Obituary [Alice Pearl Hicks], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 April 1971, page 43.
“A story of early day mining at Star Lake” by Olive Zimmerman, History and Folklore of the Whiteshell Park South, 1991, pages 43-49.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 March 2022