Dr. Courtland Casimer Fissette and Brantford Home
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- 2017EG002.001: Black and white photograph of Dr. Courtland Casimer Fissette wearing glasses, a brimmed hat, jacket, shirt with a high stiff collar, thin tie, and trousers. He is sitting in a wooden chair outdoors, possibly on a veranda, with wood floor paneling and a slotted railing.
Photograph is captioned “Dad 1917”.
2017EG002.005: Black and white photograph of Dr. Courtland Casimer and Ann Fissette’s house at 110 Darling Street, in Brantford, Ontario. A dirt road, grass, sidewalks with two trees and a telephone pole are in the foreground, with the Fissette’s stone home on the centre, with an automobile in the driveway. The house is asymmetrical with an alcove on the right half of the façade and a multi-gabled roof. Five stairs lead up to a six pillar porch with side railing, detailed brackets, and a second story balcony. The door on the back left side of the house has writing on it, possibly serving as the entrance to Fissette’s general practice. Partial buildings are seen on the right and left of Fissette’s house. The photograph was possibly taken during the fall or winter, as there are no leaves on the trees or the vines on the house.
Photograph is captioned “Our House 1919 Brantford”.
- Courtland Casimir Fissette was born on 4 June 1875 to Thomas and Mary J. [Oversholt] Fissette in Nanticoke, Haldimand County. The French Canadian family lived in Walpole, Haldimand when Courtland was a child, and moved to Brantford during his teenage years. He married Anna Margaret Wisner (born 6 November 1876) on 4 November 1904 in Brant County, and the couple lived at 110 Darling Street in Brantford. Courtland was a physician and surgeon, and ran a general practice out of his home. The house is now the parking lot for the Charlotte Villa Retirement Residence.
He served at a base hospital in London, England with the Royal Army Medical Corps from 26 April 1916 to July 1917. While serving overseas, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Brantford Expositor titled “Come on Boys! An Appeal.” Dated 23 June 1916, the letter described the ‘diminishing memory’ of Decoration Day and the need to remember and preserve the sacrifices made by Canadians during the country’s formative years, which led to the current  prosperity and privilege. In order to preserve “These fair streets, this well-ordered civilization, this splendid commerce, this abundance of work with liberal pay, the security which surrounds our home, the school that educates our child, the right to come and go at will…” he urged men to join the war effort. Fissette also supported the implementation of a selective conscription instead of a general one, and encouraged filling shop positions with women. He remarks, “What is the use of taking men from the shops and putting them in uniform without munitions?”
On 15 August 1917, he volunteered and served as a Captain in the Canadian Army Medical Corps of the Canadian Expeditionary Force working in Canada. He was “struck off the strength” on 6 November 1918 to return to the active militia.
While acting as the local coroner, Dr. Fissette testified at a case that a murder committed near Mohawk Lake must have been performed by a butcher due to the bone analysis.
Later, the Fissette’s moved in with their only child, Courtland Sheldon (born June 1907) at 28 Brant Avenue, next to the armouries in Brantford. Courtland Sheldon married Mary Kathleen Welsh, widow of RCAF F/O John “Jack” Chapple Tate, who died in a flying accident near Chandler, Quebec in October 1942.
Courtland Casimer suddenly died on 19 April 1931 as a result of a heart attack at the age of 55. The family was Methodist and attended the Zion Presbyterian Church in Brantford.
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- Fissette, Dr. Courtland Casimer
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- 2017EG002.001; 2017EG002.005
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- M. Eleanor (Tate) Gloster
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- Dr. Courtland Casimer Fissette and Brantford Home. M. Eleanor Gloster, 2017EG002.001; 2017EG002.005.
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