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Memorable Manitobans: James Wilford Good (1852-1926)


Born at Kincardine, Canada West [Ontario], he was educated in medicine in Toronto. He came to Winnipeg in 1880, becoming dean of the faculty at Manitoba Medical College. He was Winnipeg’s first occulist and the first physician to study the treatment of eye, ear, nose and throat diseases. During the Klondike Gold Rush, he practiced for a time in Dawson City, serving as the its first health officer from 1898 to 1899, and in this capacity worked with Sam Steele. He then practised medicine in Winnipeg from 1899 to 1920, interrupting his practice to serve overseas during the First World War. He was a founding member, in 1905, of the St. Charles Country Club. Noted as a local eccentric, Good retired to Vancouver in 1920, where he died on 1 September 1926. He left an estate worth $500,000, giving bequests to the Ninette Sanatorium and the Children’s Home of Winnipeg. He is commemorated by Good Street in Winnipeg.

See also:

“J. W. Good, the Most Unforgettable Character I Have Known” unpublished memoir by E. W. Montgomery, Manitoba Legislative Library.

James Wilford Good, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.


This profile is prepared from information compiled by historian Harry Shave.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2013

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