Dr. Robert Ingram was born on the 20th of December, 1877 in Howard Twp, (Chatham-Kent). He was the 6th of 8 children born to Matthew Ingram and the former Ellen Anderson. At the time of his birth, his parents farmed at Lot 3, Concession 9 (Howard Twp). His siblings were; 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 as the Medical Officer of Dover Twp. in 1908.
He married Rene (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. On his medical history sheet, he was described as 5’10”, 165 pounds with brown eyes. Dr. Ingram achieved the rank of Captain with the 143rd Battalion and concluded his service to his country when he was struck off strength on the 20th of September, 1919 due to general demobilization.
After the war, Dr. Ingram lived and practiced medicine in Ridgetown for a time before moving to Coboconk, Ontario where he practiced medicine for 35 years.
Mrs. Ingram died in 1956. Dr. Ingram died on the 22nd of June,1957. His funeral was held in Coboconk, Ontario. Dr. and Mrs. Ingram are buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
*Dr. Ingram is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.