Dr. John “Earle” Jenner was born on the 18th of March, 1857 in Raleigh Twp (Kent County). He was the 9th of 10 children born to John Jenner and the former Hannah Russell, who were farmers. His siblings were Sarah, Hester, Thomas, Alfred, Mary, Eliza, Martha, Emma and Joseph. Dr. Jenner pursued high school in Chatham and graduated from Chatham High School with a teaching certificate. He taught school for 4 years before he started studying medicine with Dr. Tecumseh K. Holmes and Dr. George McKeough in Chatham. Dr. Jenner pursued his medical degree at Trinity University where he won awards for his scholastic endeavours. In his third year he won the gold medal. Dr. Jenner graduated M.D.,C.M. from Trinity University in Toronto in 1883. He continued his medical training in London, England and received his L.R.C.P. designation in 1884. Dr. Jenner joined the College of Physician and Surgeons on the 28th of July, 1884.
Dr. Jenner practiced in Chatham for a few years before moving to Picton, Ontario. He married Ella Eugenie Taylor on the 1st of June, 1887. She was the daughter of Thomas Hulme Taylor and the former Maria Lent Bogart. Mrs. Jenner was born in Chatham on the 10th of May, 1859 the 5th of 9 children. Her siblings were; Mary, Jessie, Agnes, Alice, James, William, Thomas and Maude. Her father was a wealthy manufacturer who was held in high regard in the community. Mrs. Jenner grew up in a home located at 20 Murray Street in Chatham. This home is now on the Municipal Heritage Register for Chatham-Kent. Her sister Mary was married to Dr. Tecumseh K. Holmes and her brother Thomas became a physician but died young.
By 1891, Dr. and Mrs. Jenner were living in Kingsville (Essex County), Ontario. Dr. and Mrs. Jenner had 3 children; Madeline, Agnes and John “Russell”.
Dr. Jenner published a paper in the Montreal Medical/Surgical Journal in 1886, titled, “Alimentation in Sickness”. He published “The Public School as a Place of Instruction in Practical Sanitation” in the Public Health Journal in 1917. Dr. Jenner was the M.O.H. in Kingsville for many years. He was also a Coroner for Essex County. In his spare time, Dr. Jenner enjoyed playing tennis and bowling.
His son, Russell died in Texas on the 21st of December, 1917, while on a training exercise with the Air Force during World War I. He was just 19 years old. Russell was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
Mrs. Jenner died in Kingsville on the 26th of October, 1921 and she was also buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery. Dr. Jenner eventually moved to Toronto in his retirement. He died on the 28th of October, 1940. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery.
*Dr. Tecumseh Kingsley Holmes and Dr. George Thomas McKeough also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.