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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Kennedy Chalmers (1872-1949)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Palmerston, Ontario on 21 June 1872, son of James Chalmers and Agnes Faulkner, he was educated at Palmerston before coming to Manitoba in 1890 where he farmed near Brandon. He attended the Brandon Collegiate and University of Manitoba, graduating with a medical degree from the latter in 1900. He moved to Beulah and later to Miniota where he practised medicine for the remainder of his life and was a provincial coroner. As his practice grew, he opened a drug store in Miniota. In 1937, he was given Life Membership in the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons. He was married twice, first to Mary Elizabeth Rowan (1884-1918) with whom he had six children: Hazen Kennedy Chalmers (1907-1988), Unnamed Chalmers (1909-1909), Jean Winnifred Chalmers (1910-?), Lauretta Rowan “Laurie” Chalmers (1911-?), John Nelson Chalmers (1914-1915), and James Oliver Chalmers (1916-?). On 13 August 1920, he married nurse Mary Ellen Taylor (1894-1992) at Winnipeg. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and Manitoba Medical Association, Miniota School Board (Chairman for some years), Miniota United Church (Board Manager), and IOOF (Past Noble Grand of Parkisimo Lodge at Miniota). He died suddenly at Beulah on 27 July 1949 and was buried in the Miniota Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Rubble of wrecked drug store cleared,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 July 1949, page 3.

Obituary, Miniota Herald, 4 August 1949, page 8.

Obituary [Hazen Kennedy Chalmers], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1988, page 32.

Death registration [Mary Ellen Chalmers], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2018

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