Dr. Thomas Huntington McColl was born in Wallacetown, Elgin County on the 28th of April, 1875. His parents Samuel T. McColl and the former Sarah Ann McIntyre, were farmers. Dr. McColl was just 2 years old when his father died on the 14th of May, 1877. Mr. McColl was buried at the McColl Cemetery in Elgin County. Dr. McColl had no siblings. He attended local schools in Dutton, before attending the Model School in St. Thomas. Dr. McColl became a teacher and saved his earnings to attend medical school.
According to the 1901 census, Dr. McColl and his mother Sarah were living in a rooming house in Toronto and Dr. McColl was attending school. He attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.D. in 1903. Dr. McColl did post-graduate work at Grace Hospital in Toronto and the Public General Hospital in Sarnia.
According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. McColl joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of June, 1904. He opened a medical practice in Tilbury in 1904 and he served that community until his death in December of 1944.
Dr. McColl married Christine McAlpine on the 15th of March, 1905 in Paynes Mills, Elgin County. Mrs. McColl was born on the 19th of December, 1874, the 5th of 7 children born to Neil McAlpine and the former Mary Ellen Currie. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Neil, Joseph, Maggie, John and twin sisters Fannie and Flora.
Dr. and Mrs. McColl had a daughter named Marion, who was born on the 28th of May, 1911 at the Public General Hospital in Chatham. A son named Thomas “Duncan” McColl was born on the 28th of April, 1913 in Tilbury. At the time of his birth, Dr. and Mrs. McColl resided on Market Lane in Tilbury. Dr. McColl’s mother Sarah lived with Dr. and Mrs. McColl until her death in 1932.
Dr. McColl appears in the 1913 Bell Telephone Directory. His home and office were located on Queen Street when the directory was published in October of 1913. His office telephone number was 31a and his home telephone number was 31b.
He was active in the community serving as a Public School Board Trustee and on Tilbury Town Council and the Tilbury Library Board. He was designated as a Medical Officer of Health and he was a Coroner. He was the President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1941. Dr. McColl was a member of the Coronation Lodge of the I.O.O.F. and the Chatham Rotary Club. Dr. McColl served as the Chairman of the Red Cross Blood Donors’ Clinic until 1 week before he died.
In his spare time, he enjoyed lawn bowling, baseball and golf.
Dr. McColl died at the Public General Hospital in Chatham on the 14th of December, 1944. Mrs. McColl died on the 25th of December, 1953. Both are buried at the McColl Cemetery.
*Dr. McColls son, Thomas Duncan McColl became a dentist. Captain Thomas Duncan McColl served during WWII in the Canadian Army Dental Corps. His son died in 1992 and he was buried at the McColl Cemetery. His daughter Marion (McColl) Ruston died in 1998 and she was buried at the McKillop Cemetery in Elgin County. Her husband Major Francis George Ruston served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps.