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Francis James Ewing, MD
Dr. Francis James Ewing
1906 he was Chief Medical Officer of
Prince Rupert, 1909
1911 he was living in Vancouver with his wife.
enlisted in WWI, May 3, 1916 at Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England, age 45
VANCOUVER - Dr. Francis J. Ewing, 66,
prominent quartz light specialist,
Around 27 mile, GTPR, at one of Bostrum & Kullonder's
Chief Medical Officer,
Dr. Francis James Ewing who lived
His Medical Assistants:
Dr. Kearney- at mile 23 East of Hazelton, with a 6 bed hospital.
He covered 50 miles of scattered work, with a saddle horse.
Dr. Sproule took charge of Mile 56 to 102, with a 8 bed hospital at mile 74.
He had a team of horses, and covered 46 miles.
Dr. Webb covered Mile 114 to 154, with a 24 bed hospital.
He covered 40 miles with a saddle horse.
They had a telephone throughout the line, and calls were responded to promptly.
2 other direct contracts:
A. McDougall with 100 men extending the yard room in Prince Rupert.
Bates and Rogers, had 2 camps, 190 men lining tunnels along the Skeena River.
Dr. Tremayne of Prince Rupert is in charge of both.
His patients were taken to the Prince Rupert Hospital.
On the whole west end, there was 1,716 employees.
"Dr. F. J.Ewing (M.D., C.M., Trin. Univ.Toronto, 1890), registered in BC on May 7, 1897.
Dr. Ewing had the contract for the medical and surgical work on construction of the Columbia and Western Railway,-Castlegar to Midway, 1898-99. Large numbers of the men on this work came from construction of the Crow's Nest Pass Railway and many were infected, with typhoid fever when they came upon the Columbia and Western work. Dr. Ewing had his headquarters and Hospital at Broklin, B.C.
In 1900 Dr. Ewing had thecontract for the medical and surgical work on construction of the C.P.R. branch between Nelson and Proctor. On this work about 1,500 men were employed. During the years 1908 to 1914 Dr. Ewing was in charge of the medical work on construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific, Prince Rupert to Edmonton. On this work some 8,000 men were employed." In 1916 he went overseas and served on the staff of the Quarter-Master General until the close of the war. He then engaged in private practice in Vancouver where he passed away rather suddenly in 1926. (Excerpt from Medical History of BC, June 1932)
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