Pharmacist then Doctor
Dr. James P. Hanington (1846-1927)
James Peters Hanington (my great-grandfather), and his older brother, Thomas, could make emulsions, ointments, pills or potions for just about anything that ailed you. They were partners in “Hanington Bros., Chemists” in Saint John, New Brunswick. Today, they would be better known as pharmacists. According to several testimonials in the 1884 Almanac and Receipt (recipes) Book, they were extremely helpful in alleviating all kinds of their customers’ health problems. Here’s an example:
Dear Sirs, Gondola Point, Clifton, Kings Co. 1878
Having been troubled for years with pains in my side and severe cough, I was tempted to try a bottle of your “JPH Cough Mixture”, and also a bottle of your “Penetrating Liniment”. I found immediate relief. I have used two more bottles since, and am now perfectly well. Returning you my sincere thanks for your cheap and valuable medicine.
Florence D. McCarthy
In 1890, the partnership was dissolved. Thomas became the local Postmaster and James moved his pregnant wife and four daughters to Montreal, Quebec, where he was enrolled in Medical School at McGill University. He was one of few of his eleven siblings to leave the province, where his grandfather was known as the first English speaking settler and founder of Shediac, New Brunswick.
The first family home in Montreal, Quebec, was at 278 St. Urbain Street. The family grew to include two more daughters, one born in 1891, shortly after their arrival in Montreal and another born four years later in 1895. Six girls! The last one born, when her mother was 43 years old, was my grandmother, Millicent. Could she have been the result of a special celebration once James had finally completed medical school at the ripe old age of 49?
James graduated from McGill Medical School in 1894, having completed his four year degree, which included First Class Honours in Medical Jurisprudence in his third year.
A few years later, he moved his family to 699 Sherbrooke Street, corner of Park Avenue, which was a larger home to accommodate his growing family as well as his Physician and Surgeon’s office. His office hours “8 to 10 a.m., 3 to 4 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m.” were even listed in the directory! He was a prominent doctor in Montreal for several years.
Although he settled in Montreal, he did, however, keep a lovely old home in Shediac, New Brunswick, called “Burn Thorpe” where his family would gather in the summers and meet up with their cousins.
 Hanington Bros’. ALMANAC and RECEIPT BOOK, 1884, Published by Hanington Bros., Chemists, Saint John, NB
 1891 Canadian Census
 1891 Lovell’s Street Guide
 McGill Medicine 1893–p.81