Dr. Montford A. Kendrick was born in Lyn, Ontario on the 15th of August, 1884. Dr. Kendrick was the eldest of 2 sons born to Albert Kendrick and the former Lettie Karley. His parents were farmers and his brother’s name was George “Bryce” Kendrick. By the time Dr. Kendrick was 6 years old, his family was living in Tilbury West Twp in Essex County where his parents were farming. Dr. Kendrick received his primary education in Comber.
Dr. Kendrick graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1907.
Dr. Kendrick married Effie Amorilla Munford in 1908. Mrs. Kendrick was born in West Lorne (Elgin County), Ontario on the 12th of September, 1889. She was the daughter of Robert Munford and the former Melinda Sophronia Mills. Mrs. Kendrick’s mother was previously married to Edward Graham on the 17th of May, 1870 and they had a daughter named Annie Sarah Graham. It is unknown what happened to Mr. Graham but according to the 1871 census, Edward and Sophronia Graham were living in Bothwell (Chatham-Kent) and Mr. Graham was a shoemaker. Mr. and Mrs. Munford had 5 more children and Mrs. Kendrick was the youngest; Charles Edward Munford, John Harvey Munford, Melinda Munford, Jane “Jenny” M. Munford and Effie Amorilla Mumford.
After their marriage, Dr. and Mrs. Kendrick moved to Saskatchewan where Dr. Kendrick practiced medicine.
Dr. and Mrs. Kendrick had 3 children; Kenneth Albert Kendrick, Minerva “Minnie” Myrtle Kendrick and Karley “Carl’ John Kendrick. Their first 2 children were born in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. The Kendrick family moved to Leamington in 1918. Their third child Karley John Kendrick was born in Leamington in 1921.
Dr. Kendrick travelled the short distance to Wheatley and Romney Twp in Chatham-Kent to see his patients. Dr. Kendrick’s name appears on birth and death records.
As of the 11th of August, 1913, Dr. Kendrick held an international patent for a thermometer case. Dr. Kendrick was appointed as a Coroner in 1927.
According to the 1931 census, that Dr. Montford and his family resided at 55 Erie Street in Leamington.
Mrs. Kendrick died on the 19th of September, 1930 in Leamington. She was buried at the Lakeview Cemetery in Leamington. After the death of his wife, Dr. Kendrick’s mother moved in with the family and helped care for the children. Dr. Kendrick died at the Homewood Sanitorium in Guelph, Ontario on the 25th of August, 1932. He was also buried at the Lakeview Cemetery, the same cemetery where his parents were eventually buried.
*Dr. Kendrick’s brother, Dr. George “Bryce’ Kendrick also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.