JAMES W. WICKWARE, M.D.
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.
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