Dr. Mahlon W. Locke 1880-1942

Born in nearby Matilda Township, Locke studied medicine at Queen's University and in Scotland. In 1908, he opened his medical office in this house. Interested in arthritis, which he believed was caused principally by fallen arches, he treated many arthritics in the following years by manual manipulation of their feet. Large numbers of his patients claimed to be cured or relieved by this method, and his reputation spread thought North America and overseas. From 1928 onwards, thousands of the sick visited Dr. Locke in Williamsburg, where he reportedly treated hundreds of persons daily. During the depression years, this enormous influx brought significant prosperity to the region.


In front of the house which served as his office, County Road 18 - just east of Highway 31, Williamsburg

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Municipality: Township of South Dundas