Alliston Planning to Honor'
The Discoverer of Insulin
Dr. Fred G. Bantings Home Town Is Proud of Young Doctor
Who Robbed Diabetes of Its Terrors Made
His Own Way, Says Mother.
Special to the Star by a Staff Reporter.
Alliston, Jan. 26. The young discoverer of insulin, epoch-making treatment for diabetes, is to be honored by his home town,. This will disprove the old saying that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country. Alliston town council last night appointed a committee to decide upon what form their recognition of Dr. F. G. Bantings services to science should take.
Five members of the council were chosen. They were Mayor John Mitchell, Dr. J> Cunningham, ex-mayor J. Whiteside, Fred Elliott and H. Davidson, principal of the continuation school, where Dr. Banting was just a good, all round student and a most dependable chap.
I dont know what we shall do said Mr. Davidson. We havent discussed that yet. But we wont be niggardly about it, you may be sure of that.
Even his mother finds it difficult to think of her son as the internationally famous discoverer of the long sought antidote for one of the scourages of mankind.
Mother Proud of Son.
Has my boy really done anything so very great? These were the first words said to The Star today by one of the proudest mothers in Canada. They were spoken by Mrs. W. T. Banting, mother, counsellor and chum of Dr. Banting.
Mrs. Banting is proud of her boy. She always has been proud of him. For he always has been a good boy. Only now the rest of the world is just realizing what a good boy he really is. But Mrs. Banting is proud of him in quite the same way as she has always been proud of him. He is still her boy just the same.
Not only his father and his mother and his relatives are proud of Dr. Fred Banting. Every man woman and child in the little town of Alliston are proud of him. They plan to show their pride soon in a big public reception and banquet. His old school plans to show their pride in a tablet erected in the school to honor his great discovery.
His mother, Mrs. W. T. Banting, told the Star the secret of her sons success; Boys who have to get out and work for what they ant, get farther in the end than boys who are given everything. At least that is what I think. That is the principle I have raised my four boys on.
Had to Hoe Own Row.
Fred, now, never was a boy who would come asking for money to buy things. If anything came in and he wanted it, he would figure out how to get it for himself. Just the same way he figured out Insulin.
For instance, you will remember when wood-burning came in. Fred did not buy any needles for his work, like everyone else was doing. He went out and got a piece of fence wire. Then he sharpened one end of it and drove it into a piece of wood.
Out there in the hall is something my son burned for me with his wire fence needle, she said pointing to a small picture frame. And my bread board which I have used every day for years was made for me by Fred. There are many thing around I could show you. For instance, that is one of his paintings up there in the corner.
For the eleven years he has been away, Fred has never gone to bed on Sunday night without writing to his mother, Mrs. Banting said proudly. It makes no difference how busy he is, he has always written, even when he was overseas and when he was wounded and had to write with his left hand.
When Fred was overseas, when he wasnt working, he was always studying, said his mother. He went up to London and got a couple of degrees, and then last summer he got his M.D. The gold medal which you see me wearing here is the Starr medial which was awarded him last summer.
When he first went down to Toronto to school Fred studied arts for two years at Victoria College. He saw quite a bit of some medical men down there, and he thought there was more unselfishness in medicine than in any other profession. That is how my boy came to take up medicine, explained Mrs. Banting.
Fred is Just my Boy.
Fred is just my boy, not a bit different now than he ever was. When he comes home he comes out in the kitchen or wherever I am workign and talks to me. And he never lets me go to a bit of extra trouble when he comes.
Fred was never what you would call a great sport, continued Mrs. Banting. He was very interested in baseball and played on the school team here. I dont remember him being interested in any other sport very much, except rugby, although he used to play tennis.
At the university however, Dr. Banting played on the Med. teams for three years.
The mother of the celebrated medical man concluded with the final recommendation which was everything in her mother eye. Fred always did everything his mother told him to do.
Dr. J. D. Cunningham was mayor of Alliston when Fred Banting presented his machine gun to the town. Dr. Cunningham, in speaking of the young man, said: People here in Alliston dont realize what a truly great thing Fred has done. It is we medical men that understand its importance, and we certainly welcome his discovery.
Consider Tablet for Him.
We should do something to commemorate his discovery, and the board of education here is going to consider erecting some sort of memorial in his old school. I think it would be a very good idea to erect a tablet of some sort.
I have known Fred Banting for twenty-six years, said may J. H. Mitchell of Alliston. Many times as a boy he has come to my elevator here. He was good to his parents and was always a model boy. There was nothing bad about Fred Banting.
We have been trying to arrange some sort of celebration here. I spoke to his mother about it before Christmas to find some time when he would be home. We know he is a busy man now, and we want to make our arrangements suit in with hi. We are proud of him just as proud as Toronto is of him. This is his home town, you know, and Fred Banting is an Alliston Boy. We all call him Fred, and think of him
a boy yet. He gets Fred all the time here.
If there was anything outstanding about him here it was his willingness to work. I remember him in his holidays after he was attending university. He would have his sleeves rolled up to his shoulders and be at all kinds of work. Fred Banting was never an idler.
A Hard Working Student.
A further word of commendation was added by Mr. H. Davidson, under whom the young doctor attended the Alliston continuation school. He was just a good, hard-working, conscientious student. We never dreamed that he would make himself internationally famous. I myself taught him hi physics and chemistry for matriculation, and there never was anything outstanding in his work.
He was just a good, all-round student. He was a most dependable chap, and his word was absolutely god at all times.
These opinions whose how highly Dr. Frederick Grant Banting is regarded in his home town of Alliston. It was there that he spent his early years, attending the Alliston school until he passed his matriculation. He was born on his fathers farm in Essa township, about three quarters of a mile from Alliton, on November 14, 891. His brother, Thompson Banting, now lives on the old homestead. Another brother, Nelson Banting, is also a farmer near Alliston, and the third brother, Kenneth is farming near Bounty, Sask. He has one sister, Mrs. J. E. Jackson of Mono Mills, Ont. He also has one aunt living near Alliston, Mrs. Joseph Pulford. His father and mother live right in the town of Alliston.
After the young man came to Toronto, the war broke out, and he went overseas as a battalion doctor with the rank of captain. It was in the Cambrai push that he was wounded, and that he received his military cross for his heroism. A little token of his battalions regards was the machine gun which the 44th Canadian Infantry Battalion presented him with, and which he in turn handed over to the town of Alliston.
When he was wounded, his right arm was in serious danger for a long time, but he recovered. After the war Dr. Banting came back to Canada, and joined the staff of Western university at London, Ontario. It was there that the idea came for the treatment of diabetes. Later, in the University of Toronto, aided by his associate, C. H. Best, he worked out the idea which has made the name of Dr. Fred Banting famous the world over.