Dr. John C. Urquhart was born in Paisley, Ontario in April of 1858, the son of George C. Urquhart and the former Janet Fraser. His parents were born and raised and were 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. Besides Ann and James his other siblings were; Margret, George, Catherine, Jessie and Janet. When Dr. Urquhart’s parents first immigrated to Canada, 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 medical 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 on the 29th of January 1869 in Crestline, Ohio, the daughter of Henry W. Wynkoop and the former Mary C. Wilson. She was the 2nd of 6 children. Her father was a telegraph operator and her siblings were; Bennett, Agnes, Orrin, Percy and Alvin.
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, Dr. and Mrs. Urquhart 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, they lived at 709 Twenty Third Street in Los Angeles.
Dr. Urquhart died on the 4th of July, 1923 in California.
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. On the 11th of December 1949, an article appeared in the Mansfield News-Journal describing how Mrs. Urquhart donated a grandfather clock to the Crestline Museum. The clock had been made by her grandfather, Gerardus Wynkoop, who was a cabinet maker. The clock had been passed down through her family and she had possessed it for over 40 years.
Mrs. Urquhart died on the 13th of January 1960. At the time of her death, she resided at 400 S. Euclid Ave. in Los Angeles. She was buried at the Hollywood Cemetery.