Dr. Harry Austin Pelton was born on the 28th of October, 1889 near Burritts Rapids, Oxford Twp, Ontario to Martin Pelton and the former Louise “Almira” Watts. Burritts Rapids is a small community near Ottawa along the Rideau River. Dr. Pelton’s father’s first wife was Mary Louisa Dougherty. (She died of tuberculosis in 1880 at the age of 24). There were two children born of that marriage. Charlie Adrian Pelton was born and died in 1873 and Carrie Louisa Pelton was born in 1874. Dr. Pelton’s parents were married in 1881. Dr. Pelton’s parents were farmers and he had an older brother named Manson who was born on the 8th of October, 1884.
Dr. Pelton received his primary education at a small schoolhouse in Burritts Rapids. He graduated high school from Kemptville High School in 1913 prior to going to study medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston in 1913.
Dr. Pelton enlisted in World War I on the 29th of March, 1915, in Kingston. On his Attestation Paper he listed his occupation as “medical student” and his address was a post office box number in Kemptville, Ontario. He was 5’9″ tall and 155 pounds. Dr. Pelton served overseas in England, France and Egypt. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and he was discharged on the 9th of April, 1917.
Dr. Pelton completed his medical studies and he graduated M.D.,C.M. from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1919. Dr. Pelton began the practice of medicine in Depot Harbour, Ontario. (At one time Depot Harbour was located on Georgian Bay in the District of Parry Sound, but today it is deserted).
Dr. Pelton married Mary Hannah Fife on the 23rd of July, 1919 in Toronto. Mrs. Pelton was a registered nurse who was born near Indian River, Ontario on the 7th of October, 1893. (Indian River is located east of Peterborough). Her parents Frederick Frances Fife and the former Mary Shearer were farmers. Mrs. Pelton was the youngest of 7 children. Her siblings were; Benjamin, Arthur, Janet, Andrew, Annie and Frederick. Andrew and Annie did not survive childhood and Mrs. Pelton’s mother died when she was just 3 years old.
According to the 1921 census, Dr. and Mrs. Pelton were living in Thamesville, where Dr. Pelton was a practicing physician. Dr. Pelton’s name appears on birth and death records throughout the early 1920’s and he is listed in The U.K. & Ireland Medical Directory in 1925 as living in Thamesville.
Dr. and Mrs. Pelton had a son, David Austin Pelton and a daughter named Pauline.
In the latter half of the 1920’s, Dr. Pelton and his family moved to Toronto. His medical office was located at 663 Greenwood Avenue. Dr. Pelton’s practice information appears in the U.K. & Ireland Medical Directory from 1930 until 1942.
Dr. Pelton died at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto on the 14th of April, 1955. He was buried in Toronto. Mrs. Pelton died on the 4th of July, 1984 in Toronto.
*His son Dr. David Austin Pelton graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1954 and he practiced medicine in Toronto. His daughter Pauline, married Dr. Stanley Lang and they were missionaries in Kashmir and Nigeria.