Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Erskine Hoskin (1872-1960)
Born at Toronto, Ontario on 17 March 1872, son of Alfred Hoskin KC, and Eliza Jessie Hoskin. He graduated from Upper Canada College (1889) and Trinity University (1893), receiving from the latter a Gold Medal in Law and Bachelor of Law degree. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1894 and practiced law practice at Toronto with the firm of Hoskin, Ogden and Hoskin. He came to Winnipeg in 1903 and became a barrister and solicitor with the firm of Campbell, Pitblado, Hoskin and Company. He was made a King’s Counsel in 1909. He served as President of the Law Society of Manitoba (1928-1931).
On 16 September 1908, he married Dorothy Emma Elizabeth James (1889-1952, daughter of William John James) and they had four children: Marjorie Dorothy Erskine Hoskin (1909-1980), James Alfred Erskine Hoskin (1911-1999), Ruth Jessie Erskine Hoskin (1916-1987), and Edward David Erskine Hoskin. In 1911, the family lived at 91 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Carleton Club, Winnipeg Badminton Club, Manitoba Jockey Club, Adanac Club, St. Charles Country Club, Albany Club (Toronto), and St. George’s Anglican Church. His recreations included riding and golf. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba (1958).
He died at Winnipeg on 15 August 1960 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.
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“Men of Winnipeg in Diamond Jubilee Sketches,” Winnipeg Free Press, December 1934. [Winnipeg Elite Study, G. Friesen Fonds, Mss 154, Box 15, File 8, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections]
“A. E. Hoskin dies at 88,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1960, page 9.
“Funeral service for A. E. Hoskin Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1960, page 7.
Learned Friends, Reiminiscences - Pitblado & Hoskin 1882-1974 by Anna Tillenius.
Obituary [James Alfred Erskine Hoskin], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1999, page 61.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 November 2021