Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dr Johnston's Olde House

Tore Down Dr. Johnston's Olde House
This was Dr. Johnston's olde house. Thanks to Google Maps, I was able to get some photos prior to it being demolished some weeks ago. Quite a crowd of people had gathered to watch.
Dr. Johnston was born in Newburg, New Brunswick Nov 22, 1914. He graduated in medicine from McGill University in Montreal in 1943. He practiced general medicine and surgery in St. Stephen for 27 years.
Dr. Johnston was chief of obstetrics and of the medical staff of Charlotte County Hospital. He was also president of the New Brunswick Medical Society in 1971-72 and was a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. During World War II, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces with the rank of Captain.
As people gathered round to watch the house demolished, there were many stories swapped back and forth - "broken arm mended right over there in that office", "didn't make it to the hospital - had the baby right there in Dr. Johnston's office", "Dr. Johnston gave me a lollipop after every visit", etc.
Dr. Johnston and his wife Evelyn have passed away - the house has been empty for a while. This house in its day was full of laughter and wisdom, as the Johnston's had 12 children, 3 of whom are practicing medicine today.
The Johnston's are gone, however; the memories linger amongst the minds of those that knew him as "Doctor" and "Friend".
Put In A Parking Lot


Jackie said...

Awwwww.....what sweet memories of Dr. Johnston. I loved reading this about him. He left quite a legacy (he and his wife.) Sweet post about a man who made a difference in people's lives.
My doctor (when I was a baby girl waaaaaay back in the day) was named "Johnson." Close to the same spelling of this good doctor, and like these folks, I have the kindest memories of him. My name is actually, this post spoke to me in so many ways. Thank you for a lovely blog.

genie said...

What a heart breaker. A number of years ago I went to Montreal to visit McGill Medical School. I went to the library of rare medical books to see William Osler’s medical books. Had to wear gloves. I think all the med students are given a little book entitled “A Way of Life” when they enter med school. It is the address he gave to Yale students in 1913. I had forgotten about that visit until I read your post.

Linda Wildenstein said...

What a great old house. What wonderful memories about a Gentleman Dr and his wife and family.
I hate to see old house razed..too bad someone couldn't have moved the house elsewhere to enjoy it's loveliness. Oma Linda

biebkriebels said...

So sad to see such a beautiful house being demolished. Was there nobody who wanted to live there? And now you have a parkingplace, great.....