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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Joseph “Hopkins” Moorhouse (1882-1960)

Civil servant, author, journalist.

Born at Bervie, Ontario on 24 April 1882, son of Rev. Joseph H. Moorehouse and Lorinda J. Dobbyn, he was educated at London (Ontario) schools and the University of Western Ontario. He came to Manitoba in 1907 to become Secretary to Premier Rodmond Roblin, for whom he worked until 1910, when he became Deputy Minister of Agriculture. In 1917 he went to work for United Grain Growers. As “Hopkins Moorhouse” he was the author of Deep Furrows (1918), an account of farmer co-operatives in western Canada, and Profitable Grain Growing (1919, co-written with Seager Wheeler). He also wrote several works of detective fiction, including Every Man for Himself (1920), The Gauntlet of Alceste (1921), and The Golden Scarab (1926). He was elected President of the Canadian Authors Association in 1924. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia around 1932 where he worked as a journalist until shortly before his death on 9 January 1960.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1901 Canada census [Herbert Moorehouse], Automated Genealogy.

“Author’ association elects new executive,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 March 1924, page 2.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Corey Moorhouse for providing additional information provided here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2019

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