THE CHURCH FAMILY | A DYNASTY OF DOCTORS IN AYLMER
Symmes Inn Museum
1, rue Front, Gatineau, (Québec), J9H 5E6
For more than a century, four generations of Church practiced medicine in Aylmer. The first was Dr. Peter Howard Church, son of Dr. Jonathan Mills Church established in Merrickville. After a career as a soldier, a farmer and an innkeeper, Peter Howard, who had already settled in Aylmer, wanted to become a doctor like his father and went on to study medicine at McGill University. He graduated in 1846. In addition to Peter Howard, other Church have also enjoyed a certain notoriety: Dr. Coller Munsell Church as alderman and mayor of Aylmer (and ancestor of our donor); Hon. Dr. Levi Ruggles Church as a politician, Attorney General and Treasurer of the Province of Quebec; Dr. Harcourt “Harkie” Church, the last of the Church Dynasty, as a specialist in child delivery (over 4000 babies) and president of the Canadian Medical Association.