Dr. Irwin Stover was born in Raleigh Twp (Chatham-Kent), Ontario on the 8th of August, 1894. Dr. Stover was the eldest of 2 children born to Frederick Stover and the former Bessie Irwin. His younger sister, Jane Evelyn Stover was born on the 25th of November, 1896. At the time of Dr. Stover’s birth his parents were farmers. By 1911, his family had moved to a home at 298 Queen Street in Chatham and his father worked as a “baggage man” at the C.N. railroad station. His father was tragically killed on the 17th of October, 1934 when he was crushed by a train.
Dr. Stover graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1921. During the summer of 1921, Dr. Stover was practicing medicine in Merlin and the surrounding townships. Dr. Stover completed his internship at Toronto General Hospital in 1924.
By 1925, Dr. Stover was practicing medicine in Toledo, Ohio. His office was located at 324 Logan Street and his residence was located at 1706 Madison Avenue.
Dr. Stover married Jeanette “Jean” E. Sowers in Indiana on the 19th of June, 1937. She was the 3rd of 5 children born to Windfield Scott Sowers and the former Jeanette Electa Denniston. Mrs. Stover was born in Peru, Indiana on the 3rd of October, 1901. Her father owned an ice cream factory and her siblings were; William Henry Sowers, Dorothy Mae Sowers, Narcissus “Nar” L. Sowers and Mary Margaret Sowers.
Dr. Stover served with the United States Military during WWII. At the time of his enlistment he resided at 1113 Broadway Street in Toledo. His phone number was listed as AD5822.
Dr. Stover died in Toledo on 20th of April, 1962. He was buried in the family plot at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. Mrs. Stover died in Toledo on the 21st of December, 1971. At the time of her death, Mrs. Stover was the secretary of the Toledo Cancer Society. She was buried in the Sowers family plot at the Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rochester, Indiana. Dr. and Mrs. Stover did not have any children.
*Dr. Stover’s uncle, Dr. Alexander Francis Irwin also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**Mrs. Stover’s brother William Henry Sowers, served with the United States Armed Services during WWI and WWII.