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Dr. James Sime Wardlaw 

Dr. James Sime Wardlaw

Male 1851 - 1935

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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  29 Aug 1851  Tillicoultry, , Clackmannan, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr. Office 
    Scott & Bennet Plumbing Galt, Ontario
    Scott & Bennet Plumbing Galt, Ontario
    source unknown
    Interesting Life Story  business, medical, life story, public service, sports 
    Residence  1853  Plattsville, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Engineer 
    Religion  1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    R. Presbyterian 
    Occupation  1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Manufacturer 
    Occupation  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Physican 
    Religion  1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Presbyterian 
    Immigration  1895  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation  1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Physician 
    Occupation  1904  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    physician 
    Occupation  1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Medical Doctor, Doctors Office 
    Religion  1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Presbyterian 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-60860 
    Died  22 Feb 1935  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID  I60860  Generations
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2019 

    Father  John Wardlaw,   b. 27 Feb 1824, Tillicoultry, , Clackmannan, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1903, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Davidson,   b. 4 Oct 1824, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1907, , York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jun 1850  Tillicoultry, , Clackmannan, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F15927  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Dorita Eloise Lundy,   b. 24 Nov 1867, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1893, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1891  [5
    Family ID  F36102  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Helen Ritchie,   b. Nov 1875, Point Mara, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1932, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Jan 1904  Beaverton, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Mary Davidson Wardlaw,   b. 1 Aug 1914,   d. 9 Apr 1977
    Family ID  F190303  Group Sheet

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    Dr. James Sime Wardlaw
    Dr. James Sime Wardlaw
    image from Jubilee Souvenir of Galt, 1897

  • Notes 
    • Jas. S. Wardlaw, M.D.

      Few professional men have enjoyed the experiences of Dr. Wardlaw. In his younger years he became a practical engineer and was engaged in the East India Reserve as engineer remaining in India for four years. On returning to Canada, his adopted country, he studied medicine, graduating in 1888 at Trinity and Toronto Universities, practicing successfully in Galt. The doctor has a genial smile and good word for everyone and has a warm place in the heats of his fellows. Office and residence on Dickson Street.


      Jubilee Souvenir of Galt, 1897

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      Dr. James Syme Wardlaw. On February 22nd, Waterloo County lost one of its best known citizens through the death of Dr. James Syme Wardlaw at his home in Galt, Ontario. Doctor Wardlaw was born in Scotland in 1851, and came to Canada with his family in 1853, settling first at Plattsville, Oxford County, Ontario. His father, John Wardlaw, was a manufacturer of woollen goods, with factories at Plattsville and Weston, and afterwards in Galt. James Wardlaw received most of his secondary school education in the last mentioned town. He worked in his father's factory, receiving a good knowledge of the textile industry. Wishing to learn more about the machinery, he entered the plant of the Goldie & Mculloch Company, and thence went to India, where he spent five years installing machinery in newly-opened factories there. Desiring to study medicine he returned to Canada, and graduated from Trinity Medical School with the class of 1888, receiving the Silver Medal. He also held degrees from Queen's and Toronto universities. He then took post-graduate work in New York.
      In 1889 Doctor Wardlaw settled in Galt and began practice with Dr. Head, and afterwards with Dr. Sylvester. He was Medical Officer of Health for several years, retiring when he found his practice would not permit the necessary time for his work.

      He took an active interest in organized medicine. He was a Past-president of the South Waterloo Medical Society, a life-member of the Ontario Medical Association and a member of the Canadian Medical Association. He took a keen interest in education, and was for twenty-six years a member of the Galt Collegiate Institute Board.

      Doctor Wardlaw was twice married, first in 1891 to Doreta Lundy, a daughter of the late Dr. Lundy, of Galt; his second wife was Mary Helen Ritchie, of Beaverton.

      He is survived by one daughter, Mary, and two brothers, Henry, in California, and Thomas, in Toronto.

      For many years, in fact up to three years ago, Dr. Wardlaw enjoyed a very large family practice. He was a very skilful surgeon, and in his earlier years did much surgery in the farm houses of the community. As a general consultant he was in demand by his confrères for miles around. He was a friend of the young doctor, and at least five men in the community owe much of their success to his help and advice.

      He was very fond of golf and at the age of 70 won the "C" Flight Championship of Canada. He was a member of The-Hole-in-One Club. The Doctor was a raconteur without equal in this community. His stories have been told and re-told many times. It was the Wardlaw candid pungency of humour that will make them told and re-told for many years to come. To the writer he was a true friend and many times has been of great assistance in solving his medical problems. He played the game honestly and fairly with us, and we shall miss him.

      WARD WOOLNER


      The Canadian Medical Association Journal April 1935 pg 462

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      DR. JAMES S. WARDLAW

      1851-1935
      Married: 1. Dorita Eloise Lundy - 1891 (d. 1893)
      2. Mary Helen Ritchie - 1904

      James Sime Wardlaw was born in Tillicoultry, north of Dunfermline, Scotland on August 2, 1851 the son of John Wardlaw and Mary Ann Davidson. He emigrated from Scotland in 1853 with his parents, landing in New York and settling in Plattsville and Weston before arriving in Galt. At an early age Mr. Wardlaw served an apprenticeship in the woollen milling business owned by his father. He demonstrated a talent and interest in the workings of machinery and took a job as an engineer with the Goldie & McCulloch Co. Ltd. He remained with that firm for a few years and then worked as an engineer in Scotland and then in India. After three or four years abroad, Mr. Wardlaw returned to Canada to study medicine. He graduated from Trinity College in 1888 and from Queen's University before receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1890. He began his medical practice in Galt in association with Dr. Head and was associated with Dr. Sylvester until 1893. In addition to a practice that covered over forty years, Dr. Wardlaw was Galt's medical officer of health from 1890 to 1902. Dr. Wardlaw was a member of the Galt Collegiate Institute Board of Trustees for twenty-six years, was a vice-president of the Galt Horse Show in 1908 and was on the first committee of the Galt Anti-Tuberculosis League when it was formed on December 2, 1908. Dr. Wardlaw was also one of the founding members of Galt Brass Co. Ltd. when
      it was organized in 1907. He died on February 22, 1935 and is buried in Mount View Cemetery.

      Sources:
      1. Obituary Galt Evening Reporter Friday February 22, 1935.
      2. E. N. Coutts "History of Freeport Hospital", Waterloo Historical Society Journal Vol. 31, 1943.
      3. Dr. J. R. Smith, "The Galt Board of Health. 1854 -1963", Unpublished manuscript, Galt, 1966 A991.204.1017, City of Cambridge Archives.
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      3aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [used with kind permission of Jim Quantrell]

  • Sources 
    1. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-4 Page 2.

    2. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 1 Page 63.

    3. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 12.

    4. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 16 Page 20.

    5. [S1859] Canadian Medical Association Journal, "Obituary of Dr. James Syme Wardlaw," April 1935 pg 462..

    6. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      John Wardlaw/ born 1824-died 1903/ Mary Ann Davidson his wife/ born 1824-died 1907/ Margaret Jane Wardlaw their dau./ born 1862-died 1931/ James Sime Wardlaw M.D./ born 1851-died 1935/ Mary Helen Ritchie/ wife of J. S. Wardlaw M.D./ born 1875-died 1932/ Wardlaw

    7. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 14128 (1904), Wardlaw-Ritchie..
      Jame Simie? WARDLAW, 50, physician, Lillicoulby? Scotland, Galt Ont, widower, s/o John WARDLAW & Mary A. DAVIDSON, married Mary Helen RITCHIE, 28, Point Mara, same, nurse, d/o Jno. D. RITCHIE & Mary LUMAW, witn: Thos D. WARDLAW, Toronto & Allie B.C. BEST, Beaverton, 14 Jan 1904 at Lot 15 Con B Mara.

    8. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Section 2 Page 71.

    9. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 16 Page 21.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 29 Aug 1851 - Tillicoultry, , Clackmannan, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Dr. Office - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1853 - Plattsville, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Engineer - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - R. Presbyterian - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physican - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1895 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physician - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - physician - 1904 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Jan 1904 - Beaverton, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Medical Doctor, Doctors Office - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Feb 1935 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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