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ANDERSON, OVENS

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Posted: 26 May 1998 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Feb 2004 3:26PM GMT
Dr. Winfred George Anderson was born in Ontario, on January 4, 1881. He graduated from Western University in London, Ontario in 1903, and served as House Surgeon for St. Joseph's Hospital until moving west to Alberta in 1904. There he took up the practice of medicine in partnership with two other young Doctors in a town called Leavings, known today as Granum. In addition, the threesome opened a drug store to better serve their patients. While in Granum, Dr. Anderson met and married Agnes Ovens. They had 3 children: Bob, Jack and Lee. Since his health was not holding up to the strain of general practice, Dr. Anderson purchased some land north of the Red Deer River in the Wardlow district, to try the homesteading lifestyle. The early years on the ranch were very busy but Dr. Anderson always found time to help those in need of his medical services. In 1935, wrote a classic speech addressed to the Brooks Board of Trade. Later, in 1964, he wrote a series of articles for The Brooks Bulletin on his friend "Happy Jack" Jackson. While sheep, cattle and fox farming, Dr. Anderson also kept informed of changes in the medical field. He served as Council Representative and later, President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and served on the Council of the Canadian Medical Association from 1937 to 1940. He and his wife retired to Medicine Hat in the early 1950's. During his retirement he worked hard to persuade the Department of Lands and Mines of the Dominion government to set aside the vast "Bad Lands" as a national park. Today, as a result, we have what is known as Dinosaur Park. Dr. Anderson died on February 4, 1966 at age 85. Jack Anderson was born in Wardlow, Alberta. He came to Medicine Hat in 1945, as District Agriculturist. He started the 4H movement in Medicine Hat, and was very active in many other organizations. He received many awards, some of which include recognition from the Canadian Cancer Society, 17 Years of Service on the Medicine Hat Planning Commission, the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce and Distinguished Agrologist Award. Jack served as a director of the Medicine Hat Stampede Company for many years and the Livestock Pavilion was named in his honour. He and his wife Freda had two children, Lynda and Lorne. Jack Anderson died February 26, 1988.
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