In 1873, he acted as Captain and Medical Officer for the North West Mounted Police unit formed at Lower Fort Garry.
Updated: January 2022
Dr. David Young, 1847 - 1931
Dr David Young was born in Sarnia, Ontario on the 18th February, 1847, son of Archibald Young and Helen Reid. David graduated from medical school at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario in 1871. He moved to Manitoba in June 1871 and practiced medicine at St. Andrew’s Rapids, near Lockport. That same year he made his home at Hawthorne Lodge on the banks of the Red River. Dr Young provided medical services to the Manitoba Penitentiary at Lower Fort garry from 1871 to 1877. He was active during the scurvy epidemic that swept through the district following the grasshopper plague of 1875 and a year later was sent to fight an outbreak of smallpox that killed many Icelandic immigrants at Gimli. In January, 1877 he became the Indian Agent and Medical Officer for Clandeboye Indian Agency. In 1884, the Provincial Government appointed Dr. Young to the position as Medical Superintendent of the Selkirk Mental Hospital. He remained head of this Institution until his retirement in March 1912. David married Rosina Somerville in 1872 and they had 5 children. Dr. Young died in Winnipeg the 16th October, 1931 and interred in the Little Britain Cemetery near his home. He is commemorated by a plaque at Lower Fort Garry. The recpetion building at the Selkirk Mental Health Cenre was renamed the “David Young Building” in 2009.