Dr. Thomas “Arthur” McCallum was born on the 5th of August, 1903, near Rodney, Ontario (Elgin County). He was the son of Thomas McCallum and the former Isabell King. His parents were farmers. Dr. McCallum had an older brother named Stewart and a younger brother named Wilber. Dr. McCallum attended the Rodney Public School and the Rodney Continuation School, before graduating from the Dutton High School.
Dr. McCallum graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1928. He worked at the Ontario Hospital in Brockville, for one year. Dr. McCallum eventually moved to Highgate. He is listed on the 1935 Voters Record as residing and practicing medicine in Highgate. He stayed in Highgate until 1942, when he enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, during World War II. He served overseas on the hospital ship, Leitia as a Senior Medical Officer.
After Dr. McCallum was discharged in 1946, he returned to Kent County to join Dr. Harold Orr in Ridgetown. Dr. McCallum was a member of the Erie Chapter R.A.M. 73 Masonic Lodge, as well as the Rodney Masonic Lodge No. 411, and he belonged to the Ridgetown Branch of the Canadian Legion 234.
He married Mabel Christina Thomson on the 10th of August, 1946 at the home of the bride, in Rodney. Mrs. McCallum was born in Strathroy, Ontario on the 25th of December, 1910, the 3rd of 4 daughters born to Howard Watt Thomson and the former Grace Alice Helen Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Thomson raised their family in Rodney, where Mr. Thomson was a druggist. Mrs. McCallum’s sisters were Helen, Anna and Jean. She was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and she became a teacher.
Dr. and Mrs. McCallum had a son named John Arthur McCallum.
Dr. McCallum died on the 13th of July 1952 at the Public General Hospital in Chatham. Upon his death, he was 48 years old and he was buried at the Rodney Cemetery in the family plot near his parents. After his death, Mrs. McCallum married George William Sales of Ridgetown in 1959. Mr. Sales has been married to Dora Olive Bennett and they had 2 daughters and a son. Mrs. Sales had died in 1957. Mr. Sales died in 1992.
Mrs. Mabel McCallum (Sales) died on the 16th of September, 2007 and she was buried at the Rodney Cemetery next to Dr. McCallum.
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**Dr. Harold Orr also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.