The 1863 Lake Map. Lot 3. Source: Note Centerline Road is marked "Proposed Road"

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dr. D.A. Dunbar

     I came across the following information about Dr. David A. Dunbar of Alma.  He was the son of Wm. Archibald Dunbar and Sara Rix (of North Bedeque, b. 1842) of Centerline Road, Alma.  Dr. Dunbar studied medicine at McGill University in Montreal - he later lived and practiced in Vancouver, B.C. where he died in 1954.   
     Dr. D.A. Dunbar was a brother of James *Jimmy* Dunbar who lived across the road from Spurgeon Jeffery.  Dr. Dunbar's ashes were sent back to Alma for burial - Wilbert Jeffery recalls visiting Jimmy and Hattie that day in 1954 - Hattie said to Wilbert, "Jimmy's not feeling so well today - his brothers ashes arrived in the mail this day".
     The following information comes from the City of Vancouver Archives
Reference Code: AM54-S4-2-:CVA 371-1578.  Date: Dec. 11, 1952.  Part of the Major James Skitt Matthews collection.  
Students Attending McGill, 1909
From the Daily Examiner, Jan, 22, 1909.
List of Prince Edward Island students at McGill – Medicine.
First year:
     Wm. E Williams, Mount Pleasant.
Second year:
     Lester G. Houle, Charlottetown; Fred H. McKay, Mt. Stewart; James S. McLeod, Charlottetown; Louis W. McNutt, Charlottetown; Alex. V. Webster, Marie.
Third year:
     R.S.P. Carruthers, North Bedeque; B. H. Champion, Summerside; D. A. Dunbar, Alma; Arthur W. Furness, Vernon; S. E. Gillis, Indian River; Percy L. Lavers, Georgetown; John A McPhee, Charlottetown.
Fourth year:
     F.M. Auld, Covehead; John R. Cameron, Charlottetown; James W. Dorsey, Charlottetown; John J. Gillis, Miscouche; George C. Lawson, Charlottetown; Walter P McBride, Central Bedeque.|df=dhunter.ndxSubmitted by Christine Gorman / © Dave Hunter and The Island Register:
Last Updated: 10/2/2004 9:13:24 AM
     Below: a Dunbar tombstone in the Alma Baptist Cemetery noting the following deaths. William A. Dunbar 1840-1908 / His daughter Elizabeth A. Keith 1864-1940 / His daughter Annie M. 1880-1886. /// on the side Dr. D.A. Dunbar 1883-1954. 
     Dr. D.A. Dunbar had the following siblings as listed in the 1891 PEI Census: Hugh B. (21); Emma (21); Joseph A. (19); Emma A. (16); Sarah H. (13); James W. (4); infant girl (4 mos).
     See 1891 Census -

Above: back reads - Dr. Archie Dunbar
Photo courtesy of Donna (Barbour) MacPhee Collection

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