Dr. Andrew McDiarmid was born on the 17th of July, 1854 in Southwold Twp near Fingal, (Elgin County) Ontario. He was the 4th of 9 children born to Andrew McDiarmid and the former Ann Smith. His siblings included; John, Alexander, Elizabeth, Janet, James, Violet, Albert and Matilda. Dr. McDiarmid had an older brother also named Andrew who died at the age of 2, but predeceased the doctors birth. His parents were farmers.
Dr. McDiarmid was educated in local schools in Southwold Twp as well as at the Normal School in Toronto, where he received a certificate to teach public school in 1871. After teaching school for 5 years, he entered medical school at the The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Dr. McDiarmid graduated M.D. in 1879. He was awarded the gold medal upon his graduation. Dr. McDiarmid became a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 17th of May 1879.
Upon his graduation, he set up his medical practice in Florence, Ontario. Florence is located in Lambton County in close proximity to Chatham-Kent. Dr. McDiarmid advertised his practice in the Bothwell Times (August 1879). He attended to patients in Bothwell, Thamesville, and Zone Twp, (all located in Kent County) as evidenced by his name on birth and death records. Dr. McDiarmid served as the president of the Florence Cricket Club.
Dr. McDiarmid married Emmaretta Levina Brett on the 23rd of June, 1880 in Lambton County. Mrs. McDiarmid was born on the 16th of November, 1859 in Strathroy, Ontario the youngest child of James Brett and the former Catherine Wilson. Her parents were born and raised in Ireland and their 2 oldest children Robert and William were also born in Ireland. “Emma” and her older sister Leticia were born in Ontario after their family had immigrated. James Brett was a merchant in the Town of Strathroy.
Dr. and Mrs. McDiarmid moved to Winnipeg around 1882. Dr. McDiarmid graduated M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1883. He was one of the founders of the Manitoba Medical College. He was a professor of chemistry there from 1886 until 1892.
Their son William Albert McDiarmid was born on the 25th of October, 1886. Their daughter Emma Alida Winona McDiarmid was born on the 14th of October, 1888. Both children were born in Winnipeg. According to the 1891 Canadian Census, the McDiarmid family were residing in Winnipeg. In November of 1891 he published a paper in the Northwest Lancet titled, “Separation of Lower Epiphysis of Femur, Amputation, Recovery.”
The McDiarmid family moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1892. In 1900, they resided at 6328 Greenwood Ave. in Chicago. In the 1902 University of Illinois Report, Dr. McDiarmid was an Associate Professor of Obstetrics. He received that appointment in 1894.
By 1922, Dr. and Mrs. McDiarmid were living in New Jersey. According to a U.S. passport application in 1922 Dr. and Mrs. McDiarmid were travelling to Egypt and India and Dr. McDiarmid would be acting as the ship surgeon.
Dr. McDiarmid died on the 10th of March, 1956 in Pocohontas, Alberta.
**Dr. McDiarmid’s son William Albert McDiarmid served during World War I and World War II with the United States Military.