Fonds A 46 - Ross Munro Matthews fonds

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Ross Munro Matthews fonds

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CA ON00318 A 46

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  • 1970 (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records

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Ross Munro Matthews (b.1909 - d. March 1982) was a pediatrician, and the son of Isaac Lamont Matthews and Jentie Gordon Munro, and a member of one of Port Arthur's founding families. His father was a successful businessman building up a large department store originating as "Street Bros. Drygoods". Ross graduated from the University of Toronto in 1933 and did post graduate work in Boston. He established his practice in Hamilton in 1938. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1940 and served in 400 Squadron overseas. Upon returning in 1945 he joined the Peterborough Clinic where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1972. He served as President of the Canadian Medical Association in 1969-1970 and was awarded an honourary L.L.D. by Trent University in 1974. He married Barbara Page Brown and had four children.

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The Ross Munro Matthews fonds consists of the unpublished personal memoirs of Ross Munro Matthews, entitled "Oft in the Stilly Night", written for his family. Recounts his growing up in early Thunder Bay, an anecdotal description of Walpole Roland, and accounts of cottage days on Silver Islet, the Cross family, the McKirdys of Nipigon, J.T. Emmerson of Port Arthur, Martha Dickinson (the first female City Clerk in Canada), I.L. Matthews, Harwood Matthews, the Munro family, Morson S. Fotheringham and Ross Matthews himself. Includes family tree. This is particularly good on descriptions of familial relationships and childhood in early Thunder Bay. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series A 46/1/1 - Memoirs - 216 p

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