Lieu­tenant-colonel An­gus Warner Tracy (1870-1932) :

Po­lice­man, Vet­eri­nar­ian, Mu­nic­i­pal Meat In­spec­tor and Vet­eran of the Boer War and of WW I

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jean-marie Dubois (Univer­sité de Sher­brooke) and Gérard Coté (Len­noxville-as­cot His­tor­i­cal and Mu­seum So­ci­ety)

Since 1953, a lit­tle known Sher­brooke street fac­ing Jacques-cartier Park is named for the City’s first meat in­spec­tor and vet­eran vet­eri­nar­ian from of two wars.

An­gus Warner Tracy was born in Granby, Septem­ber 7, 1870. He was the son of Jo­hanna Neil (1835-1889) and of Seth W. Tracy (1832-1889). They mar­ried in Granby, Jan­uary 1st, 1859. An­gus stud­ied at Granby High School. In 1893, he com­pleted his de­gree as a vet­eri­nar­ian at Mcgill Univer­sity. He was then a po­lice­man with the North West Mounted Po­lice in Ed­mon­ton un­til he came to set­tle Sher­brooke in 1902.

On Jan­uary 6, 1900, in Regina, he had vol­un­teered to fight in the Boer War in the Prov­ince of Transvaal, South Africa. He served with the Cana­dian Mounted Ri­fles within the Cana­dian Spe­cial Ser­vice Forces, for which he was awarded the Queen’s Medal.

In Sher­brooke in 1903, he mar­ried Grace Lu­cille Wal­ley (1877-1959) with whom he had two sons, born in Sher­brooke : Nor­man Warner (1904-1974) and An­gus Neil (1905-1986). The fam­ily had their home on Stan­ley Street and then on Port­land Boule­vard. From 1908 to 1932, An­gus was the first and only meat mu­nic­i­pal in­spec­tor of the City. He first had his of­fice in the yard of the Al­bion Ho­tel, at the south­west cor­ner of Wellington South and King West streets. In 1912, he moved his of­fice across the street, on the site where now stands the Café Bla-bla. At last, be­tween 1918 and 1922, the of­fice moved to King Street West, in the build­ing of jew­eler O. Gen­dron, where Ni­co­las Scheib had his shoe store and where is now the bar Le Ta­pageur.

For over 20 years, An­gus Warner Tracy took part in events of the Cana­dian Army Ve­teri­nary Corps. Dur­ing all of WW I, from 1914 to 1918, he was the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of this unit, with the rank of Lieu­tenant Colonel.

Tracy died in Sher­brooke, Oc­to­ber 25, 1932. His fu­neral was held in Trin­ity United Church. He is buried with his wife in Elm­wood Ceme­tery. His wife had kept liv­ing un­til her death with her two sons in the fam­ily home on Port­land Boule­vard.

A mil­i­tary vet­eri­nar­ian of WW I (Cana­dian War Mu­seum)

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