Dr. John C. Urquhart was born in Paisley, Ontario in April of 1858, the son of George Urquhart and the former Janet Fraser. His parents were born and raised and they married in Scotland. There first 2 children Ann Isabella and James were born in the United Kingdom before the family immigrated to Bruce County in Ontario. Dr. Urquhart was the third youngest of 8 children. His other siblings were Margret, George, Catherine, Jessie and Janet. When his parents first immigrated, his father farmed to support the family. According to the 1871 census, Dr. Urquhart’s father was a druggist in Paisley.
Dr. Urquhart returned to Scotland for his formal medical training. He graduated from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1883. Dr. Urquhart’s name appears on birth and death records in the Merlin area as early as 1881 . He was known to see patients in the surrounding area’s of Romney and Raleigh Townships. Dr. Urquhart advertised his practice in Merlin in the 1885 Ontario Business Directory and Gazetteer.
In the late 1880’s Dr. Urquhart moved to Rochester, New York to practice medicine. He married Emma Augusta Wynkoop on the 15th of December, 1892 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mrs. Urquhart was born in January of 1869 in Crestline, Ohio, the daughter of Henry Wynkoop and the former Mary Wilson. She was the 2nd of 6 children. Her siblings were Agnes, Burnett, Orrin, Percy and Alvin and her father was a telegraph operator.
According to the 1900 U.S. census Dr. and Mrs. Urquhart were residing at 56 North Ave., in Rochester, New York and 10 years later they were still in Rochester, but residing at 442 Monroe Avenue. In the Rochester, New York “Societies and Associations” catalogue (Volume 35), Dr. Urquhart is listed as the physician for the Scottish Society.
In the 1913 Los Angeles, California City Directory, they were living at 442 S. Boyle Avenue in Los Angeles. His medical office was located at 426 West 5th Ave. Rm. 800. When the 1920 U.S. Census was taken, Dr. and Mrs. Urquhart lived at 709 Twenty Third Street in Los Angeles.
Dr. Urquhart died on the 4th of July, 1923. Mrs. Urquhart was a very involved citizen in the City of Los Angeles. A brief biography of her life appears in the ‘Women of the West’ publication of 1928. She died on the 13th of January 1960. At the time of her death, she resided at 400 S. Euclid Ave. in Los Angeles.