Dr. Allen Caver Quackenbush was born on the 1st of November, 1861 in Percy Twp, (Northumberland County), Ontario. He was the 2nd of 9 children born to Israel Quackenbush and the former Susan Margaret Gerow. His great-grandfather was a United Empire Loyalist, immigrating from Pennsylvania. Dr. Quackenbush’s parents were farmers and his siblings were; Cora, Matilda, Nancy, William, James, Israel, and twins Gilbert and Wilbert. By 1871, the family had moved to Harwich, Twp, in Chatham-Kent. His parents were farmers.
Dr. Quackenbush taught school in Chatham-Kent for 6 years before going to medical school.
He married Jane Brown on the 6th of January, 1886 in Blenheim. She was born in Howard Twp (Chatham-Kent) on the 9th of March, 1864, the daughter of John Brown and the former Mary Hackney. Mrs. Quackenbush was the youngest of 5 children. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Mary, Adelbert, Phoebe and George.
According to the 1891 census, Dr. and Mrs. Quackenbush and their daughter Erie were living with her parents in Howard Twp. Dr. Quackenbush was listed as “Farm Laborer” on the census, but he was also attending Trinity Medical School.
Dr. Quackenbush graduated M.D.,C.M. in 1892. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 31st of May, 1892.
He set up his first medical practice in Lawrence Station (Elgin County) and stayed for 5 years. Next Dr. Quackenbush briefly practiced in Morpeth before moving to Blenheim. He served as a member of the Public School Board. Dr. Quackenbush was a Master Mason and he belonged to the Maccabees and the C.O.O.F.
Dr. and Mrs. Quackenbush had 4 children; Erie, Irene, Howard and Bennett.
Dr. Quackenbush advertised his practice in the 1900 Farmers and Business Directory under the Blenheim subtitle. By 1911, the family was living in Exeter.
In 1916, Dr. and Mrs. Quackenbush moved to Northern Ontario and for the next 20 years, his medical practice involved looking after persons working in mining camps near Nipigon.
Dr. Quackenbush retired from the practice of medicine in 1936.
Mrs. Quackenbush died on the 8th of July, 1943 in Morpeth. Dr. Quackenbush died on the 19th of July, 1944 in Morpeth and they are buried at the cemetery in Morpeth.
*Their sons Howard and Bennett both became a dentists and both of them served during W.W.I., with the Canadian Armed Services. They are featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website. Dr. Bennett Quackenbush died in 1980 and was buried beside his parents at Morpeth.