Memorable Manitobans: Horatio Clarence Norquay (1869-1953)
Born at High Bluff, Manitoba on 8 November 1869, son of Elizabeth Setter and John Norquay, he was part of the first class to graduate from Manitoba Medical College in 1895. After spending five years in the Yukon beginning in 1897, he returned to Manitoba and worked as an assistant at the Selkirk Mental Hospital for five years. While in service to the Department of Indian Affairs as a medical officer, he worked at Norway House for five years and in the North Battleford district for twenty years. In his attempts to battle the ravages of diphtheria and typoid, he traveled to such reserves as Thunderchild, Moosomin, Poundmaker’s, Little Pines, Stoney and Sweetgrass. After his retirement in 1938, he moved back to Selkirk in 1939.
He was a member of the Anglican Church and the Lisgar Lodge, AF & AM, Selkirk. His first wife Mattie Allen died in 1911. On 11 August 1913, he married Orpha Taylor at St. Andrews. He had six children: David Norquay, Horace Norquay, James Norquay, Harry Norquay, Mrs. Allan C. Montgomery, and Mrs. W. R. Stubbs.
He died at Selkirk General Hospital on 27 December 1953 and was buried in Old St. Andrews Anglican churchyard.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Pioneer physician Dr. H. C. Norquay dies at 84 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1953, page 25.
Page revised: 10 August 2014
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