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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Dickson Ferguson (1866-1942)

Physician and surgeon.

Born in Middlesex County, Ontario in 1866, son of Robert Ferguson and Jane McCubbin, he came to Manitoba in 1883 and was educated at the Winnipeg Collegiate. He homesteaded southwest of Melita and taught school, then entered the University of Manitoba from which he graduated in 1897. He practiced medicine at Pilot Mound.

During the First World War, he enlisted in “B” Company of the Manitoba Mounted Rifles, as Major Officer Commanding of Company, and went overseas in 1916. He joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to Cambridge Hospital at Aldershot. He returned to Canada in 1917 and resumed his private practice. He was a member of the British, Canadian and Manitoba Medical Associations, and a member of the Council of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

In 1897, he married Isabelle I. O’Neil. He was a Presbyterian and a Liberal. His recreations included curling and hunting. He served as the Mayor of Pilot Mound for ten years.

He died at Pilot Mound on 2 March 1942.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

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

Western Municipal News, March 1942, page 66.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 January 2016

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