Dr. John Everitt Pickard was born on the 14th of July, 1856 near Thamesville, Ontario. He was the eldest of 5 children born to Elias Pickard and the former Elizabeth Everett. His parents were farmers in Howard Township. Dr. Pickard’s siblings included; Sarah Ann, David, Margaret and Elias. He attended high school at Chatham Collegiate Institute and he went on to the Ottawa Normal School.
He graduated M.D.,C.M. from Victoria College in Coburg in 1885. Dr. Pickard set up his medical practice in Thamesville with Dr. James Henry Duncan. By 1891, his brother Elias lived with Dr. Pickard. Elias Pickard was a druggist.
Dr. Pickard moved to Virginia City, Nevada in January of 1892. Dr. Pickard married Mary P. Collier on the 24th of May 1893, in Alameda, California. She was born on the 11th of January 1869 in Lambton County, Ontario. She was the 5th of 8 children born to John Charles Collier and the former Martha Walker. Her siblings were; Charles, Martha, William, George, Henry, Margaret and Laura. According to the 1871 census, her father was a hotel keeper in Petrolia.
Dr. Pickard became a U. S. Citizen on the 19th of May, 1898. He joined the Nevada Medical Association and the American Medical Association. By 1910, Dr. Pickard was living in Reno, Nevada. Mrs. Pickard died on the 13th of August, 1919 in Reno, Nevada.
Dr. Pickard was a Sir Knight Templar of the Mystic Shrine.
Dr. Pickard died on the 27th of January, 1926 in San Francisco, California.
*Dr. James Henry Duncan also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
***Editors Note-Mrs. Pickards death record, states that she was born in Chicago. Besides relevant information on the 1871 and 1891 Lambton County census’, a publication titled Nevada Genealogy Trails, Storey County has a biography about Dr. J. E. Pickard and details that Mrs. Pickard was originally from Sarnia (Lambton County, Ontario). It appears that the death record is in error in regards to the birthplace of Mrs. Pickard.