Lac du Bonnet Doctor – Dr. W. J. Wood

Few people became ill in those days; they simply didn’t dare to. With no resident doctor, dentist or nurse anyone who took sick had to wait at least an hour for Dr. W. J. Wood from Lac du Bonnet.

When telephoned the doctor would jump in his Model “T” Ford (fitted with steel wheels) and drive the 25 miles on the railway track to make his call. Since the car was not built basically for this kind of travel, it occasionally fell off the tracks and the doctor would have to jack it on or walk the rest of the way. In later years, for winter calls, the doctor “went modern” and built what probably was the forerunner of today’s snowmobile. He designed with skis and an airplane body, a vehicle motivated by a propeller. In this contraption he drove on the snow between the tracks.