Physician Profile

William Frederick Roome


Name:
William Frederick Roome 
 
Location served:
Bothwell  
 
Years in Practice:
1867 to 1920
 
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  

Biography:

Dr. William Frederick Roome was born on the 21st of November, 1841, near Clearville, in Orford Twp.  He was the 3rd of 7 children born to William Roome and the former Katherine McLean.  His parents were farmers and his siblings were Abraham, John, Charles, Joseph, Sarah and James.  His brother’s John and Charles also became physicians.   In 1864 Dr. William Henderson of Morpeth (Kent County) acted as a preceptor for Dr. John Roome.  Dr. Charles D. Roome and Dr. John Roome both practised medicine in the United States.

Dr. William F. Roome attended the University of Michigan Medical School and graduated M.D. in 1867.  Dr. Roome set up his medical practice in the Village of Newbury.  Dr. Roome’s name appears on numerous birth and other records in Bothwell and Zone Twp (Kent County).  Newbury is located within 10 km. of Kent County and he routinely made the journey to attend to patients who needed medical care.  Dr. Roome advertised his practice in the 1875 McAlpine’s London City & Middlesex County directory.  The practice was located on Haggerty Road in Newbury.  Dr. Roome’s practice was also documented in the 1885-1886 and the 1888 Farmers and Business Directory for Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford County.

Dr. Roome married Mary Margaret Anderson in 1869.  She was born on the 18th of October, 1850 in Wardsville, Ontario, the daughter of John Anderson and the former Elizabeth Thompson.  Mrs. Roome had an older brother, Robert who was born in the United States in 1847.  Dr. and Mrs. Roome had 1 son, William Robinson Roome who was born on the 24th of February, 1873.  William Roome also became a physician and practiced in London, Ontario and his son Norman William Roome also became a physician.

While residing in Newbury, Dr. Roome served as Chairman of the local school board in Newbury and as a member of the Newbury Village Council.  Dr. and Mrs. Roome moved to London around 1890.  Dr. William F. Roome represented Middlesex West as a Conservative in the House of Commons from 1887 to 1896.

Dr. Roome’s residence and medical practice were located at 300 Wolfe Street in London according to the 1898 Fosters London City and Middlesex County Directory

Dr. Roome died on the 1st of September, 1921.  Mrs. Roome died on the 22nd of July, 1924.  Dr. and Mrs. Roome are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario.  Their son Dr. William Robinson Roome died on the 17th of May, 1945 and he is also buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

*Dr. William Henderson also appears on the Chatham Kent Physician Tribute website.