Memorable Manitobans: William Hooey Spinks (1873-1949)
Farmer, municipal official, MLA (1921-1922), MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932).
Born at Blackstock, Ontario on 23 July 1873, son of William Spinks and Sussannah Hooey, his family came to Manitoba in 1894 and settled on a farm near Treherne. Spinks farmed in the area until 1921.
On 29 January 1902, he married Mary Eleanor Jackson (1873-1948) of Holmfield. They had two children: Olive Elizabeth Spinks (1903-1990, wife of Lloyd Cleworth Stinson) and Dr. Gordon Spinks (1909-?). He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of South Norfolk (1908 to 1920), was a charter member of the Grain Growers’ Association, and was for eight years President of the Treherne Agricultural Society.
He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature for the Cypress constituency in 1920, running as a Conservative. In 1922, he ran as an Independent and was re-elected in 1927 but defeated in 1932 by James Lyall Christie. He ran federally in the 1935 general election but was defeated by Gib Weir. He was a member of the Masons (Past Worshipful Master of Treherne Lodge No. 51), IOOF, Loyal Orange Lodge (Grand Master, 1934), and United Church. He moved to Hamilton, Ontario in 1937 to be nearer to his son.
He died while visiting Toronto on 25 May 1949 and was buried at Hamilton.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
“Former MLA for Cypress, W. H. Spinks, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 May 1949, page 4.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 January 2021