Dr. John Everitt Pickard was born in Howard Township near Thamesville, Ontario on the 14th of July, 1856. Dr. Pickard was the eldest of 5 children born to Elias Pickard and the former Elizabeth Everitt. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Sarah Ann Pickard, David Everitt Pickard, Margaret Catherine Pickard (who died of tuberculosis at the age of 28) and Elias Austin Pickard. Dr. Pickard attended high school at Chatham Collegiate Institute and pursued further education at the Ottawa Normal School.
Dr. Pickard graduated M.D.,C.M. from Victoria College in Coburg in 1885. He set up his medical practice in Thamesville with Dr. James Henry Duncan. By 1891, his brother Elias lived with Dr. Pickard. Elias Pickard was a druggist.
Dr. Pickard moved to Virginia City, Nevada in January of 1892.
Dr. Pickard married Mary Pauline Collier on the 24th of May 1893, in Alameda, California. An article appeared in the May 27th, 1893 edition of the Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) that outlined the circumstances of the wedding of Dr. Pickard to Miss Collier. The title read, “Old Lovers Married“. The article read as follows, ” Last Wednesday afternoon there was a double wedding at St Paul’s Church. J. Everett Pickard of Virginia City was married to Miss Mary P. Collier of Point Edward, (Lambton) Canada; and Howes Boyes of Virginia City, also, was married to Miss Cassie Mayhew of (Thamesville), Canada…..The brides and grooms were schoolmates in Canada. There they fell in love and became engaged in marriage. The young men, however desired to come West. They established themselves in Virginia City and were successful in all their undertakings. They finally decided to send for their sweethearts of the long-ago. They did so, the bridges promptly and sensibly responding, thus saving the vexation and expenses of a trip to the old home….The party was met at Reno, (Nevada) by Mr. Boyes, while the other groom came to the city and made arrangements for the nuptials. The wedded couples have gone on a tour of Monterey.”
Mrs. Pickard was born on the 11th of January 1869 in Lambton County, Ontario. She was the 5th of 8 children born to John Charles Collier and the former Martha Walker. Her siblings were; Charles Collier, Martha Collier, William Collier, George B. Collier (who died of typhoid fever at the age of 29), Harry Radcliff Collier, Margaret Agnes Collier and Laura Collier. According to the 1871 census, her father was a hotel keeper in Petrolia.
Dr. Pickard became a U. S. Citizen on the 19th of May, 1898. He joined the Nevada Medical Association and the American Medical Association. By 1910, Dr. Pickard was living in Reno, Nevada.
Mrs. Pickard died on the 13th of August, 1919 in Reno, Nevada. At the time of her death, she resided at 231 Granite Street in Reno.
Dr. Pickard was a Sir Knight Templar of the Mystic Shrine.
Dr. Pickard died on the 27th of January, 1926 in San Francisco, California.
*Dr. James Henry Duncan also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**Mrs. Pickards sister Martha Collier was a nurse.
***Editors Note – Mrs. Pickards death record, states that she was born in Chicago. Besides relevant information on the 1871 and 1891 Lambton County census’, a publication titled Nevada Genealogy Trails, Storey County has a biography about Dr. J. E. Pickard and details that Mrs. Pickard was originally from Sarnia (Lambton County, Ontario). It appears that the death record is in error in regards to the birthplace of Mrs. Pickard.