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Memorable Manitobans: James Franklin “Frank” Hiscox (1888-1983)


Born at Chicago, Illinois on 15 August 1888, he moved with his family to Brampton, Ontario at an early age. He took a job as a lens grinder at Toronto in 1905. The company sent him to Winnipeg 1911 as its western representative and he set up his own optometry practice in April 1913. He served during the First World War in the Canadian Siege Battery. Gassed during the battle of Passchendaele, he was sufficiently recuperated by 1919 to served in the army of occupation of the Rhine. He resumed his optometry business after his return to Winnipeg, practicing until July 1969 when he retired at the age of 81. He was married to Nynna Snidal (?-1962). They had four children: Nona Hiscox, Pat Hiscox, Mary Helen Hiscox, and Robert Hiscox. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists and the Canukeena Club (1943-1944). He spent much of his retirement years in Australia and northern Manitoba. He died at Winnipeg on 9 October 1983.


“For 50 Years He’s Looked Into The Eyes of Patients,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 March 1964. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B13, page 189]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1983, page 55.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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