Biography of Dr. Sidney F. Blanchet
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Sidney Francis Blanchet, M. D., is one of the representative physicians and surgeons of Franklin County, established in the practice of his profession at Saranac Lake. He was born in Ottawa, Canada, June 4, 1882, the son of Ludger and Mary Amelia (Hunton) Blanchet.

Ludger Blanchet was born in Quebec and was employed in the civil service department of the Dominion. The family is of French descent, and settled in Canada during the early part of the 17th century. A brother of Ludger Blanchet was Judge Jean Elanchet, well known jurist of Quebec. An uncle was Archbishop Blanchet of Portland, Oregon, who was a historical figure of the Northwest. Ludger Elanchet was married in 1867 to Miss Mary Amelia Hunton of Ottawa, whose parents were natives of Yorkshire, England. To Mr. and Mrs. Blanchet were born eleven children, as follows: 1. Geraldine, born in 1868, a nurse, lives in New York City. 2. Herbert H., born in 1870, salesman, lives in Montreal, Canada. 3. Paul F., born in 1872, public accountant, lives in St. John, N. B. 4. Arthur L., born in 1874, city clerk, lives in Vancouver, B. C. 5. Edith M., born in 1876, married James A. Killion, woolen goods importer, lives at Montclair, N. J. 6. Aline, born in 1878, died in 1928, was the wife of John Drinkwater, of Orillia, Ont. 7. Florence, born in 1880, married Raymond Myers, attorney, lives at Kapuskasing, Ont. 8. Sidney Francis, the subject of this sketch. 9. Guy H., born in 1884, mining engineer, lives at Ottawa, and for many years engaged in exploration work for the Canadian government in the Hudson Bay district. In 1929 he was put in charge of an airplane expedition sent out to search for Col. McAlpin, who was lost in the far North. The expedition was a success. 10. Geoffrey O., born in 1886, died in 1926. 11. Helen, born, in 1888, lives in Ottawa with her brother, Guy Blanchet. Ludger Blanchet died in 1918 and is buried in Ottawa.

Sidney F. Blanchet received his early education in the public schools of Ottawa, being graduated from high school in 1899. He then entered McGill University in Montreal but on account of ill health was obliged to leave college in 1904. He came to Saranac Lake on account of a lung infection and after two years fully recovered his health and at that time returned to McGill University where he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1908. He immediately came to Saranac Lake and spent two years as resident physician at Trudeau Sanatorium. Since 1910 Dr. Blanchet has engaged in private practice at Saranac Lake, N. Y., his practice being limited to the treatment of tuberculosis. His office and residence are located at 27 Church Street.

On Dec. 12, 1911, Dr. Blanchet married Miss Mildred Joy McMaster, at Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Hugh B. and Phylena (Gray) McMaster, of Eau Claire, Wis. They are the parents of three sons: 1. Gray, born Aug. 8, 1913. 2. David, born May 15, 1919. 3. Jeremy, born March 28, 1922.

Since becoming a citizen of the United States in 1913, Dr. Blanchet has been a Democrat in politics. He holds membership in the Franklin County, New York State, and American Medical Associations, and National Tuberculosis Association. He was one of the founders of the curling club at Saranac Lake, and served as president of the Grand National Curling Club of America.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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