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Mayor George Adolph Gruetzner[1]
Male 1855 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  6 Nov 1855  Buffalo, Erie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Hespeler Furniture Company, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration  1862  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration  1880  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation  1881  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Harness Maker 
    Naturalization  1885  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Furniture manufacturer 
    Occupation  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Manufacturer 
    Religion  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Baptist 
    Elected Office  1914  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1921  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1925  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor of Hespeler 
    Hespeler Town Council 1927
    Hespeler Town Council 1927
    Name  Adolph Gruetzner 
    Name  G. A. Gruetzner 
    Eby ID Number  00145-5528.1 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1266  Generations
    Last Modified  7 Dec 2017 

    Father  Rev. Edward Gruetzner,   b. 1829, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Theda Schulte,   b. 1829, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F30665  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Sararas,   b. 20 Jan 1856, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Alice Gruetzner,   b. 3 Nov 1879, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Florence Ida Gruetzner,   b. 12 Oct 1887, , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Carl Gruetzner,   b. 23 Nov 1895, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F407  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • George A. Gruetzner was born in Buffalo, New York the son of Rev. Edward Gruetzner. Came to Canada as a young man and worked for a short time as a harness maker in New Dundee. He first entered the furniture business with the firm of Simpson and Co. of Kitchener. In 1901 in partnership with investors he founded the Hespeler Furniture Co. manufacturers of the "Craftmanship" line of period furniture. He served on Hespeler town council as well as reeve and mayor.1a

      1aCambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

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      GEORGE A. GRUETZNER. MANAGER HESPELER FURNITURE CO., HESPELER, ONT.

      Mr. Geo. A. Gruetzner, one of the province's bright furniture manufacturers, is a native of New York State, having been born in Buffalo, N. Y., and is the son of a Baptist clergyman. His parents removed to Waterloo County when he was a mere lad. His education was obtained partly in New York State and partly in Ontario. As a young man, he learned the trade of carriage trimming and became proficient at it. Engaged in business for himself, he did the principal trimming of the county, fulfilling orders for Peter Gillies, of Galt, George Huck, of Berlin, Fred. Merner of Hamburg and others. In 1888, Mr. Gruetzner undertook the selling of furniture on commission for various firms in the county. In 1891, he engaged with The Simpson Company of Berlin as a travelling salesman and later assumed the management of its manufactory in Berlin, and conducted it successfully until it was merged into the Canada Furniture Syndicate. Before this occurred, Mr. Gruetzner purchased the furniture factory at Bloomingdale and formed a company to operate it. Receiving an offer of a bonus to locate in Preston the company removed there and established the Mineral Springs Furniture Company, now the Crown Furniture Co. When he severed his connections with the Simpson Company, he sold his interest in Preston. Having gained a good reputation as a manager of furniture enterprises, several centres held out inducements to him to establish such a factory. Principally because of the interest and energy of Mayor Forbes of Hespeler in the matter and the town's excellent shipping facilities, he decided to locate there, where a new company was formed and operations commenced. A fine furniture factory of pressed brick, 60x125, well-equipped, was errected in 1901 and it met with success from the outset. Three years later it was found necessary to build a large addition, also of pressed brick. Today, the company employs 90 mechanics, making only high-grade furniture, which has a reputation throughout the country, for design, finish and workmanship.

      Mr. Gruetzner, while a citizen of Berlin, was an active member of the Board of Trade, and always progressive. The esteem in which he was held was shown by his election to the town council for two terms. His work there was characterized by a deep interest in the town and he aided in bringing in several industries. The was a member of the Berlin Club and proved himself to be social and always considerate towards others. His former fellow-citizens are glad to note his success in. Hespeler.2a

      2aBerlin 1806-1906 Official Souvenir

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 220.

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-2 Page 3.

    3. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, A-2 pg 3.

    4. [S140] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1881, Div. 3 Page 1.

    5. [S1420] Book - Berlin To-day 1806-1906 Official Souvenir, Historical Sketch of George A. Gruetzner..

    6. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 21.

    7. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, a-2 pg 3.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Nov 1855 - Buffalo, Erie, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1862 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1880 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Harness Maker - 1881 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1885 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Furniture manufacturer - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1914 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1921 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor of Hespeler - 1925 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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