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. In 1864 Dr. William Henderson of Morpeth acted as a preceptor for Dr. John Roome. His brothers, Dr. Charles D. Roome and Dr. John Roome both became physicians and they practised medicine in the United States. Dr. Roome taught school in the public school system prior to entering medical school.
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 (Middlesex County). 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 on the 20th of January 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.
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. Roome was a Past Master of Albion Lodge and a Past Grand at Mt. Zion Lodge of the I.O.O.F. 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 in London. Dr. and Mrs. Roome are buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario. Their son William Robinson Roome died on the 17th of May, 1945 and he was also buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
*Dr. William Henderson also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.