Louis Alphonse Pare

Louis Alphonse Pare was one of the doctors assigned to treat the members of the NWMP in the Yukon. He was born in Lachine, Quebec in 1848 and was appointed assistant surgeon for the NWMP in 1887. In November 1898 he was sent to Tagish Post where he arrived on December 20, 1898. The post had been without a doctor for a year. Several men were laid up with or recovering from typhoid. Some were sent to Bennett or Skagway to be sent to Victoria.
During his first year at Tagish, he treated 274 cases ranging from typhoid to scurvy and frozen-amputated limbs. Dr. Pare stayed on in the Yukon until his retirement in 1911, being promoted to full surgeon in 1904.
Seen above in Whitehorse in the first electric car. Hmmm, way ahead of his time!

Dobrowolsky, Law of the Yukon; Quebec Heritage News Vol 3:1,2 2004-5 online; 1911 Whitehorse c; online civil servants



5 Replies to “Louis Alphonse Pare”

  1. Thanks for putting this up. Dr. Paré was my great grandfather and I have (and am continuing to) gathered information about him and his family. His brothers in law were the founders of Hollinger Mines, an undertaking that his son Alphonse played a major role in.

    1. Thank you Joseph, indeed Dr. Pare is one of my favorite people of the gold rush. I remember vaguely of a heroic trip he made, but I am in New Zealand at present and can’t look it up. If you have any other good stories, please feel free to post them! Thanks again, Marlene

  2. This is indeed an interesting story. I would like to know more about the battery-operated car. Wed. Mar. 27/13 Whitehorse Star says it is the first automobile in Whitehorse. If so then there must be some more information about it. I would like to know the year of the picture. I would also like to know the year the car was made and the make of car so I can research it more thoroughly. The closest I have been able to come to a similar looking car is the Curved Dash Olds (Oldsmobile) of about 1899 to 1907, which was not battery operated but had a one or two cylinder (depending on year) gasoline engine. Where would an electric car charge its batteries in Whitehorse in about 1901? Thanks for any help you can provide.

    1. Bill did you ever get answers to these great questions? Louis was my great grandfather and I have wondered the same things!


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