WILLIAM WESLEY COOPER.
William Wesley Cooper is well known in the commercial circles of
Swift Current as an upright and reliable business man, interested in
everything conducive to the progress and improvement of the city and
district. He has been prominent in the mercantile business since 1903
and since 1912 has conducted business under the name of The W. W.
Cooper Company, Departmental Store. He was born in Victoria county,
Ontario, on the 31st of August, l873, a son of John and Ellen (McNeely)
William Wesley Cooper was educated in a public school in Victoria
County, which afforded him his early education, and in due time he was
graduated from high school at Medicine Hat. He located in Medicine Hat
in April, 189O. In June, 1903, he came to Swift Current and engaged
in the mercantile business under the name of Argue & Cooper. In 1912
he purchased his partner's interest and the firm name was changed to
The W. W. Cooper Company, Departmental Store. The W. W. Cooper
Company Departmental Store is one of the representative enterprises
of its kind in the west, and Mr. Cooper has built up an extensive and
ever-increasing patronage. He carries a complete and high-grade line
of goods and employs efficient and courteous clerks. Aside from the store
in Swift Current, he operates branch stores in Cabri and Vanguard. He
is managing director of the Ben Allan Portland Cement Company, Lim-
ited, at Owen Sound, Ontario, and is proprietor of the Swift Current
Co-operative Agencies. His interests are wide and varied and the story
of his career is the story of well earned success, which is the natural re-
suIt of hard work and ability.
Fraternally Mr. Cooper is identified with the Ancient Free and Ac-
cepted Masons and he has attained the Mystic Shrine. He is likewise
affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights
of Pythias. He was the first president of the Swift Current Rotary Club
and an active member of the local Board of Trade. He is a member of
the executive committee of the Old Timers Association and is Boy Scouts
Commissioner of the Swift Current District. For recreation Mr. Cooper
turns to the great outdoors and he is fond of fishing, golf, motoring and
shooting. His religious faith is manifest in his attendance at the Meth-
odist church. Since attaining his majority Mr. Cooper has been a stanch
supporter of the Liberal party and he is active in any movement for the
progress and improvement of his city.
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