Dr. George Acheson was born on the 23rd of August, 1859 in Galt, Ontario. His parents were the Rev. Robert Acheson and the former Selina Strain. Dr. Acheson had two younger sisters, Belinda and Silvia. He attended Galt Grammar School and he was awarded the Dufferin Medal for his scholastic proficiency.
Dr. Acheson had a long and distinguished record with the Canadian Armed Services, enlisting with the University Company of the Queen’s Own Rifles in 1876. He would eventually become the commander of the Company. In 1899 he joined the 29th Regiment in Galt and would become Lt. Colonel in 1899. During WWI, he was attached to District#2 Military Headquarters. Dr. Acheson retired from the reserve in 1923 and at that time, he held the rank of Brigadier General.
Dr. Acheson graduated in Arts The University of Toronto in 1880. He received the gold medal in natural sciences. Dr. Acheson became a science teacher at the Toronto Collegiate Institute for 1 year. He continued his education and achieved his M.A. in 1883 and graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine with honors in 1887. Following his graduation, Dr. Acheson served as House Surgeon at Toronto General Hospital. He was appointed to the Examining Board of the Ontario Medical Council in 1888. He also lectured in pathology at Toronto Women’s College. He served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Acheson married Louisa Mary Phymister on the 3rd of December, 1890 in Westmount, Quebec. Mrs. Acheson was born in Quebec on the 9th of March, 1866, the second of 4 children to James Phymister and the former Mary Taylor. Her father was a bookkeeper and her siblings were; Agnes, William and Isabel.
In 1891, Dr. and Mrs. Acheson were living in York, Ontario. Their daughter Evelyn Mary Crawford Acheson was born in York on the 29th of September, 1891. By 1894, the Acheson family were living in Galt, Ontario where 3 more children were born. Helen McMaster Acheson was born on the 25th of April, 1894, Aileen Isabel Acheson was born on the 11th of April, 1899 and Arthur Roberts Phymister Acheson was born on the 29th of November, 1900.
In 1893, Dr. Acheson purchased the medical practice of George Sylvester in Galt.
In 1909, Dr. Acheson and his family were living in Bothwell at 153 Oak Street and he was practicing medicine in the Bothwell area.
Dr. Acheson moved his family to 9 Proctor Blvd., in Hamilton, Ontario around 1915. Dr. Acheson’s daughter Evelyn, enlisted in the Canadian Armed Services during World War I, and served as a graduate nurse. Dr. Acheson’s son Arthur, also enlisted during World War I. On his Attestation Paper, it listed his occupation as a clerk.
In 1922 Dr. and Mrs. Acheson moved to Kingston, New Brunswick. In 1925, they moved to St Martins, N.B. In early 1929, Dr. Acheson’s health began to fail and they moved back to Ontario, settling in Hamilton.
Dr. Acheson died at the Hamilton General Hospital on the 26th of November, 1929. Mrs. Acheson died in Hamilton on the 6th of October, 1942. Dr. and Mrs. Acheson are buried at Mountview Cemetery, 80 Blenheim Road in Cambridge (formerly Galt) Ontario.