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Alonzo H. Erb 

Alonzo H. Erb[1]

Male 1857 - 1904

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  • Birth  8 Mar 1857  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1861  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Protestant 
    Occupation  1891  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    General Merchant 
    Religion  1891  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Presbyteian 
    Elected Office  1897  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Organization  Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On January 24, 1888, a meeting was held to organize a Mechanics' Institute in Elmira. Membership cost $1 a year. The first board members were: David Bean, George Klinck, A. Werner, John Ratz, A. H. Erb, A. Blatz, Wm. Behrens, Sol Laschinger, Dr. Ullyot, and M. Weber. The librarian/caretaker, C. K. Jansen was paid $30 a year.
    Name  A. H. Erb 
    Occupation  1901  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    general merchant 
    Alonzo  H. Erb 1903
    Alonzo H. Erb 1903
    Residence  1903  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Erb residence
    Erb residence
    From: Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.
    Eby ID Number  00032-2796 
    Died  19 Apr 1904  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10
    Cause: pleuro-pneumonia & paralysis of the brain 
    Buried  Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID  I10980  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Samuel L. Erb,   b. 13 Sep 1820, About Two Miles South-East Of Berlin, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1861, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Annie Kay,   b. 6 Jan 1824, , England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F573  Group Sheet

    Family  Isabella G. Scott,   b. 11 Mar 1859, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1947 
    Married  6 Jun 1883  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    Children 
     1. Edna Mabel Erb,   b. 15 Mar 1885, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1977, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Grace Irene Erb,   b. 8 Oct 1890, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Douglas S. Erb,   b. 8 Oct 1892, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969
    Family ID  F1743  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Alonzo Erb
    Alonzo Erb
    From a binder called Hannah's Albums, (Waterloo Region Branch, OGS Collection)
    Alonzo H. Erb 1903
    Alonzo H. Erb 1903
    Alonzo  H. Erb 1903
    Alonzo H. Erb 1903
    Alonzo H. Erb
    Alonzo H. Erb
    image from Waterloo Region Archives 2012
    Alonzo H. Erb
    Alonzo H. Erb
    image from Waterloo Region Archives 2012

  • Notes 
    • Elonzo Erb, "was born March 8th, 1857. His nature prompted him to make exertions to have his life directed in the mercantile channel. With a fair education he entered upon the life of his choice when a young man, and when arriving at the years of maturity he entered into partnership with Mr. David Betzner and opened a large general store in the village of St. Jacobs in 1878. After the term of agreement of partnership had expired they sold their business to the late J. B. Snyder. Mr. Erb then went to Elmira and entered again into the mercantile business with Mr. Menno Weber where they have since built up one of the largest trades in North Waterloo. Some years ago he was elected reeve for Elmira, a position which he still holds. He is in his sentiments entire liberal and charitable and has never been known to attempt to dictate to men under his control for whom they shall vote. He always permits men to exercise their own judgement. As a man he is honest and upright and has ever maintained an irreproachable reputation. On June 6th, 1883, he was married to Isabella G., daughter of Andrew and Christina (Clark) Scott. She was born March 11th, 1859. To them was born a family of three children"1a

      1aThe Biographical History of Waterloo Township, by Ezra Eby

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      …This week we are called upon to report the demise of a prominent and useful citizen, who has lived and laboured amongst us a score of years and who was called away in the prime of life. Mr. .H. Erb, respected by all and loved by all who had the pleasure of a closer acquaintance, a kind father and husband, a holder of positions of trust and a prominent figure in society, passed away at his home last Tuesday evening, at the age of 47 years 1 month and 11 days. Although not of robust health deceased was able to attend constantly to his duties. Several weeks ago, he contracted a bad cold but had recovered sufficiently to attend to his duties until several days before his death when he was attacked by pleuro-pneumonia. His disease was apparently relinquishing when paralysis of the brain set in which was the immediate cause of death, everything that medical skill and attentive nursing could do, proving of no avail. Alonzo H. Erb, was born in the town of Waterloo, in 1857. Then he removed to Berlin where he obtained his education in the public school. He entered first on his mercantile career at Waterloo in 1875 and commenced business on his own account at St. Jacobs in 1878. In 1882 he sold his interest there and entered into partnership with Mr. M.L. Weber, of Elmira. The year after Elmira became incorporated, Mr. Erb was elected a member of the Village Council. He served three years in this capacity. Then he was elected Reeve and held the position for six years. When the new law of municipal representation was introduced, Mr. Erb was elected County Councillor for the district of Woolwich and Elmira. He was Warden of the County of Waterloo in 1897 and held the position of County Councillor three years longer, at the end of which time he retired from public life…member of Gale Presbyterian Church….[leaves a wife and family]…. [Article contains a photograph of A.H. Erb.]2a

      2aElmira Signet Newspaper 21 Apr. 1904 p. 1, col. 3-4

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      Mr. A. H. Erb, was born in the town of Waterloo, in 1857. Then he removed to Berlin where he obtained his education in the public school. He entered first on his mercantile career at Waterloo in 1875 and commenced business on his own account at St. Jacobs in 1878. In 1882 he sold his interest there and entered into partnership with Mr. Menno L. Weber, of Elmira. The year after Elmira became incorporated, Mr. Erb was elected a member of the Village Council. He served three years in this capacity. Then he was elected Reeve and held the position for six years. When the new law of municipal representation was introduced, Mr. Erb was elected County Councillor for the district of Woolwich and Elmira. He was Warden of the County of Waterloo in 1897, and held the position of County Councillor three years longer at the end of which he retired from public life3a

      3aEnterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

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      HIS WAS A USEFUL AND HONORABLE CAREER.

      One of the prominent personages in North Waterloo answered the summons of the Grim Reaper on Tuesday evening. It was Mr. Alonzo H. Erb of the firm of Weber & Co.. He contracted pneumonia, which proved fatal, despite the most skilful of medical attendance.

      A Biographical Sketch.

      The late Alonzo Erb was born on March 8th, 1857. He was the son of the late Samuel L. Erb, who resided for years in Waterloo and carried on a store business with John Shuh. Alonzo received a fair education and when a young man he entered into partnership with D. Betzner and opened a large general store in St. Jacobs in 1878. After the term of partnership had expired they sold the business to the late J. B. Snyder. Mr. Erb went to Elmira and entered into partnership with Mr. Menno. Weber, and the two had built up one of the largest businesses in North Waterloo. He was a member of the firm until his death. He was reeve of Elmira for several years, and was a valued and respected member of the Waterloo county council in the years of 1891, 1896, 1897 and 1900. In 1897 he ably filled the warden's chair. He always viewed county projects in a broad and liberal light. He was opposed to the debenture principle, and at that time Elmira had no debenture debts.

      He was an honest, upright man and enjoyed an irreproachable reputation. On June 6th, 1883, he was married to Isabella G. Daughter of Mr. Andrew Scott. A family of three children survive.4a

      4aPaper unknown

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 620-621.

    2. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 620.

    3. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 16.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 12480-83.
      12480-83 Alonzo ERB, 26, merchant, Waterloo, Elmira, s/o Samuel & Ann, married Bella G. SCOTT, 24, Galt, same, d/o Andrew & Christena, witn: illegible ROBINSON of St. Jacobs & Aggie FIND? of Galt, 6 June 1883 at Galt

    5. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 16.

    6. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      In / Loving Memory / Of / Alonzo H. / Erb / Died / Apr. 19, 1904 / Aged 47 Yrs. 1 Mo. / 11 Days / He Being Dead Yet / Speaketh / Heb. 11.4 / His Wife / Isabella / Scott / 1859 - 1947

    7. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 18.

    8. [S1885] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1861, Waterloo 1861 Dist. 2 Page 15.

    9. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 39.

    10. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of Alonzo H. Erb 21 Apr. 1904 p. 1, col. 3-4.

    11. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 621.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 8 Mar 1857 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Protestant - 1861 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Jun 1883 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - General Merchant - 1891 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyteian - 1891 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1897 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganization - - Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - general merchant - 1901 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: pleuro-pneumonia & paralysis of the brain - 19 Apr 1904 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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