Dr. John Albert Campbell was born on the 25th of July, 1872 on the Campbell Family Homestead, Hwy#3, Harwich Twp. near Blenheim, Ontario. His parents were Archibald Campbell and the former Sarah J. Matheson. He was the eldest of 6 children. His siblings were Nelly, Janet “Jennie”, Alva, Edith and Archy. His father’s and mother’s families emigrated from Scotland, but his mother was born in the U.S. and his father was born in Canada.
Dr. Campbell was educated in Blenheim, and attended high school in Ridgetown. He taught school in Pardoville, (Kent County) after leaving high school and saved money to attend medical school. He graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1901. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Campbell registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 19th of June, 1902. After practicing in Blenheim for a short time, he settled in Wheatley in 1903.
Dr. Campbell married Laura Belle Reek, the daughter of Samuel Reek and the former Mary Jane Smithson on the 12th of September of 1905, in Romney twp. She was born on the 1st of August, 1884 and raised in the Blenheim area. She had two sisters, Lucy and Florence and a brother William. According to the 1901 census, the Reek family was living and farming in Romney Twp.
Dr. and Mrs. Campbell had a son, Henry McKellar Campbell born to them in Wheatley on the 9th of May, 1907. “Mac” died at the Public General Hospital in Chatham, on the 13th of July, 1928 of appendicitis. He was 21 years old. At the time of his death, he was a clerk at the First National Bank in Detroit.
Poor health forced Dr. Campbell to retire in 1913. He resumed a medical practice in Listowel, Ontario during World War I as part of his war effort. After the war ended, Dr. Campbell retired again to his home in Sleepy Hollow, west of Blenheim. He enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Campbell was an accomplished writer.
Dr. Campbell lived in Sleepy Hollow, a small community near Blenheim, Ontario until his death on the 30th of July of 1930.
Dr. Campbell was buried at the Craford Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Ontario. During his lifetime, Dr. Campbell had restored the cemetery, which had become unkempt. Mrs. Campbell died on the 4th of March, 1962 and she was buried beside her husband and son Mac.