||, Germany [1, 2]
|House of Industry and Refuge
|Eby ID Number
||9 Mar 1888
||Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario [1, 2]
|Cause: old age |
||Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario
||15 Mar 2017 |
- DIED IN THE POOR- HOUSE
On Friday morning, Mr. John G. Hermann, approximately 75 years old, died in the poor-house here; it probably had never been suspected that he one day would end his life in such a place. He was descended from an esteemed family in Germany, was a classmate of Prince Bismarck, had had a good upbringing and a fine education. For many years, he was the head-bookkeeper of Gnidiger and Co., a wholesale firm in Montreal, and when he resigned from the job, the company offered him a pension of $21.00 a month for the rest of his life. A few years ago, changes took place in the firm, which had as a consequence, that, instead of the monthly pension, he received $1600 in a lump sum.
He took the money and bought some land in Muskoka for his son, with the understanding that he would be able to live with him for the rest of his life. Life was made so miserable for him, however, that he preferred to come here to Berlin, to earn his living among strangers with book-keeping and such like. He continued with this up until 2 years ago, when he became blind and had to seek shelter in the poor-house, where he died on Friday. His German and English friends raised a sum of money, so that he could be buried in the municipal cemetery in a decent way. Pastor Turk made a short speech at the burial on Sunday afternoon, and the Concordia Male Choir sang a funeral song at the graveside.1a
1a Berliner Journal 15 Mar 1888 pg 4 col 2.
- [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Obituary of John G. Hermann - 15 Mar 1888.
- [S1848] House of Industry and Refuge Burial Register - Kitchener, Pg 8 No. 238 Reg. Number in Admittance Record Book: 1080.
John Gottlieb Hermann Died: 8 Mar 1888 79 Cause: old age Mt. Hope Cemetery, Berlin