Dr. Robert Ingram was born on the 20th of December, 1877 in Howard Twp, (Kent County). He was the 6th of 8 children born to Matthew Ingram and the former Ellen Anderson. At the time of his birth, his father farmed at Lot 3, Concession 9. His siblings included; William, Maud, Herbert, John, his twin sister Sabina, Addie and Grace.
Dr. Ingram attended Rushton Public School. In 1895, after completing secondary school he went back to Rushton Public School as a teacher. His starting salary was $300.00 per year. Eventually his salary was increased to $400.00 per year. Dr. Ingram attended Medical School at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.B. in 1903. Dr. Ingram opened a medical practice in Dover Center in October of 1904. He was appointed Medical Officer of Dover Twp. in 1908.
He married Reine (Morton) Brandon in Vancouver on the 2nd of October, 1912. Mrs. Ingram was born in 1875. In 1910 Mrs. Ingram was divorced and living in Detroit, Michigan. She boarded at 267 Lafayette Ave., and she was a salesclerk in a department store.
Dr. Ingram enlisted in World War I on the 23rd of October, 1916 and served in the C.A.M.C. When he enlisted he registered his home address as 635 Superior St., in Victoria B.C.
After the war, Dr. Ingram lived and practiced in Ridgetown for a time, but Dr. and Mrs. Ingram moved to Coboconk, Ontario where he practiced medicine for 35 years.
Dr. Ingram died on the 22nd of June,1957. Mrs. Ingram died in 1956. Dr. Ingram’s funeral was held in Coboconk. Dr. and Mrs. Ingram are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
*Dr. Ingram is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.