Dr. Robert Ingram (and his twin sister Sabina) were born on the 20th of December, 1877 in Howard Twp, (Chatham-Kent). He was the 6th of 8 children born to Matthew Ingram and the former Ellen Anderson. At the time of his birth, his parents farmed at Lot 3, Concession 9 in Howard Twp. His siblings were; William M. Ingram, Mary Maud Ingram, Herbert Matthew Ingram, John Anderson Ingram, his twin sister Sabina E. Ingram, Adelaide “Addie” Ingram and Grace Ellen Ingram.
Dr. Ingram attended Rushton Public School. In 1895, after completing secondary school he went back to Rushton Public School as a teacher. His starting salary was $300.00 per year. Eventually his salary was increased to $400.00 per year. Dr. Ingram attended Medical School at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.B. in 1903. Dr. Ingram opened a medical practice in Dover Center in October of 1904. He was appointed as the Medical Officer for Dover Twp. in 1908.
He married Rene (Morton) Brandon in Vancouver on the 2nd of October, 1912. Mrs. Ingram was born in 1875. According to the 1910 census Mrs. Ingram was divorced and living in Detroit at 267 Lafayette Avenue. Her occupation was listed as a salesclerk in a department store.
Dr. Ingram enlisted in World War I on the 23rd of October, 1916 and served in the C.A.M.C. When he enlisted he registered his home address as 635 Superior St., in Victoria B.C. On his medical history sheet, he was described as 5’10”, 165 pounds with brown eyes. Dr. Ingram achieved the rank of Captain with the 143rd Battalion. He served in Canada and in England and concluded his service to his country when he was struck off strength on the 20th of September, 1919 due to general demobilization.
After the war, Dr. Ingram lived and practiced medicine in Ridgetown for a time before moving to Coboconk, Ontario where he practiced medicine for 35 years.
Mrs. Ingram died at the Lindsay Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario on the 13th of June, 1956. Dr. Ingram died at Coboconk, Ontario on the 22nd of June,1957. His funeral was held in Coboconk. Dr. and Mrs. Ingram were buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown. Dr. Ingram’s twin sister Sabina lived to be 99 years old.
*Dr. Ingram is also featured on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.