Dr. James Ernest McAskill was born on the 31st of January, 1888 in Kent County, near Highgate Ontario. His parents were Peter McAskill and the former Mary Gillis. He was the youngest of 8 children. His siblings included, Isabella, Neil, John, Effie, Colin, Archer and Peter. His father was a farmer and he was raised in Orford Twp. He attended Queen’s University and graduated from Medical School in 1914.
Dr. McAskill enlisted in World War I and he served with the 2nd C.M.R.’s and with the 9th Field Ambulance and in France with the No. 1 Hospital. After the war, he returned to Highgate, where he practiced medicine. He married Hannah Edith Stenton on the 3rd of June, 1919 in Mull, Ontario (Kent County). She was born on the 31st of March, 1887 in Harwich Twp, Kent County, the daughter of William Stenton and the former Jean McColl. Mrs. McAskill was a school teacher. Her siblings included, her older brothers Herman and Gordon, an older sister Stella and a younger sister Lillian.
In 1920, Dr. and Mrs. McAskill were living in New York City. They eventually settled in Watertown, New York. They had a son, James Stuart McAskill born on the 18th of May, 1928. According to the 1940 U.S. Census, the family was living at 618 Holcomb Street in Watertown.
Dr. McAskill was Chief of The Eye, Nose and Throat Department of Mercy Hospital in Watertown and held the same position at The House of The Good Samaritan (now called Samaritan Health). He was a member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustee’s and he was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. McAskill died on the 6th of October, 1956 in Watertown, New York, U.S.A. He was buried at Brookside Cemetery in Watertown, New York. Mrs. McAskill died in Watertown in December, of 1976.
*Dr. McAskill is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.