Dr. James W. Wickware, director of the medical unit of the Saskatche- wan Social Service Council, was born in Pakenham, Lanark county, On- tario, July 15, 1872, son of Jehiel B. and Jessie (Scott) Wickware, both of whom were natives of that province. On his father's side of the house he comes from United Empire Loyalist stock, his grandfather having migrated to Ontario, where he settled on the banks of the St. Lawrence river. A cabinetmaker by trade, his father was a Liberal in his political views and a member of the Methodist church, in which his wife was also active. They have always lived in their native province. Dr. Wickware is the fifth of a family of six children, three of whom are living. After he completed the course in the high school of Carleton Place, James W. Wickware went west to prepare for the medical profession in the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in the class of 1899. The young physician began to practice at Swan River, moving from there to Birtle, where he followed his profession for six years. Although he has been in the west for thirty-five years, it was not until 1906 that Dr. Wickware came to Saskatchewan, locating at Craik, where he practiced with gratifying success until 1915. He left Craik to go overseas to work in the military hospitals during the Great war. He went to England un- ttached, there receiving his appointment to the Canadian Red Cross Hos- pital at Taplow. The next year he was placed on the medical board and in 1917 was brought back to Canada for some work in Ottawa. Not long afterward he came to Regina as pension examiner and has held that posi- tion ever since December, 1918. In June, 1922, he was made unit medical director of the Soldiers Civil Reestablishment and now devotes his time to the advancement of this work. No one conversant with the social problems following the Great war, and especially their relation to public and private health, can fail to appreciate the value of the work that is being carried on by Dr. Wickware and his able staff of assistants. On December 31, 1901, Dr. Wickware was married to Miss Letta Van Velzer, who also comes from a United Empire Loyalist family. She was born at Aylmer, Ontario, and educated at Alma College, St. Thomas, On- tario. Before her marriage she taught music. Dr. and Mrs. Wickware have one child: Miss Vera Wickware, a young lady of eighteen summers. Both Dr. and Mrs. Wickware belong to the Methodist church and take an interest in its work. Dr. Wickware is a Mason, and holds rank as past district deputy for Saskatchewan. He also belongs to the Canadian Order of Foresters, of which he has been a member for thirty years. For recreation he enjoys a game of golf on the links of the Regina Golf Club and an occasional fishing trip. In the winter his favorite sport is curling. His entire record has been most creditable, for as a public servant and a private citizen his course commends him to the confidence and goodwill of all with whom he has been brought into contact. Bibliography follows:

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