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Friedrich "Frederick" Rittinger
Male 1833 - 1897


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  • Birth  6 Dec 1833  Michelbach, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Berliner Journal, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Name  Frederick Rittinger 
    Occupation  1854  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    painter 
    Occupation  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Printer 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Publisher 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Publisher 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Publisher 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-130873 
    Died  12 Oct 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I130873  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Nov 2018 

    Family  Elisabeth Geiger,   b. 1829, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1919, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 May 1854  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F32271  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • FRIEDRICH RITTINGER

      It is our painful duty to bring news of the death of Mr. Friedrich Rittinger, co-editor of the "Journal" to our readers. Last week, a kidney ailment, which had recurred periodically in the last few years reappeared and last Sunday night, it developed into a kidney infection which daily became increasingly worse and ended on Tuesday afternoon at 2:10pm with his death. He suffered the painful illness with patience and trust in God, spoke consolingly and full of hope with his wife and children who surrounded his bed and was fully conscious until shortly before his end.

      The deceased was born December 6, 1833, in Michelbach, Grand Duchy of Baden and came to Canada in 1847 with his father, 2 brothers and one sister. They landed in Quebec and lived for a time in Cornwall and Morrisburg. In 1848, they came to this area and the deceased was apprenticed to Mr. Henry Eby, printer, who published the "Deutscher Kanadier". Several years later the printery went into the ownership of Mr. Peter Eby, who founded the "Berlin Telegraph", the first issue of which was printed by the deceased.

      In the autumn of the year 1859, he left this business and went into a business partnership with Mr. J. Motz for the publication of the "Berliner Journal", the first issue of which appeared on December 29, 1859.

      Since that time, he was the first and the last in on every work day in the office; with the exception of 2 rather short illnesses a few years ago, until his last sickness developed. When he was not occupied with book-keeping or correspondence, then he stood from morning to night at the letter-case; he did nothing else but this.

      With his death, the busy, active life of a circumspect, pleasant business-man, of an honest, friendly, business partner came to an end. The author of these lines, who stood close to him for 38 years, knows what he has lost in him. The loss will be especially painfully felt by the deeply saddened widow, to whom he was a loyal, helpful husband, and by his children, who looked up to him as a loving and caring father. He was generally loved and respected on account of his modest and gentle nature.

      In religious matters, he was a practical, Lutheran Christian, and yet tolerant of other believers. In regard to friendship and love he recognized no differences in confessions of faith. He was one of the founders of the St. Peter's congregation here and served it for many years as a governor, treasurer and Sunday-school superintendent and teacher. He played an active part in the building of the first and second churches of this congregation and helped solve the problems which arose during these circumstances honestly.

      The deceased was married May 14, 1854 to Elizabeth Geiger. From this marriage, 7 children were born, of whom 3 died very young. Those who are still living are: John A. publisher of the "Ontario Glocke" in Walkerton; William and Herman, in the "Journal" press and Lizzie, wife of Pastor Julius Badke in Humberstone.

      It is worth noting, that he moved into the house on October 14, 1867, from which he was carried out, 30 years later, namely on October 14, 1897. His burial will take place today, Thursday, at 2pm. The body will be carried from the house of mourning to St. Paul's Church and then, after the service, will be buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. (2 poems follow)


      Berlin Daily News October 14th, 1897 Page 1 - Column 3 Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk

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      Rittinger & Mots, printers and publishers Berlin Journal. Mr. Motz was formerly Deputy Reeve, and is now a member of the Town Council. Both gentlemen are Germans, and settled here Mr. Rittinger in 1847, and Mr. Motz in 1848.

      Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881

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      Friederich Rittinger and John Motz, then young men, issued on the 29th day of December, 1859, the first number of the "Berliner Journal," a weekly newspaper, which soon became, as it remains to this day, in the second generation of the firm of Rittinger & Motz, the principal German newspaper in Canada.

      Friederich Rittinger was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1833. His mother died early. In 1847 he came with his father, two brothers and a sister, to Canada, landing in Quebec, and soon made his way to the German settlement in Berlin, Canada West. Here, when still under fourteen years of age, he became printer's apprentice to Henry Eby, the publisher of the 'Deutche Canadier." For several years part of the boy's work was the delivery of this paper to subscribers in Waterloo and Wilmot townships. As printer and general assistant Rittinger remained with the " Deutche Canadier " until the " Journal " was begun, this becoming his life work. He died in 1897.3a

      3aFirst Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society 1913

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      BERLINER JOURNAL WAS ESTABLISHED IN DECEMBER 1859

      Rittinger & Motz Continued In Publishing Business With Same Members Until 1897; Successors Acquired Controlling Interest In News Record Limited 1919.

      SOUND PRINCIPLES IN PROSPECTUS

      The first issue of the Berliner journal, published by Rittinger & Motz, Berlin, Ontario, made its appearance on December 29, 1859. The prospectus reads as follows:

      "The publishers undertake to meet all requirements from week to week by way of placing before their readers all important news in a fair, open and impartial manner. Their efforts are directed to promote the life and activity, growth and progress of Canada, and particularly that of Berlin and Waterloo county.

      "In regard to religion the publishers will strictly adhere to I the principle of tolerance in all matters pertaining to faith and freedom of conscience. Each one expects to gain salvation in his own particular manner, and it is a comfort to him to be treated with indulgence.

      "Politically the paper will take an independent stand. Each of the two existing parties in Canada, Conservative and Reform, has its own particular good and evil inclinations and therefore we cannot give an unrestricted decision. In general the paper will favor the Reform party, without, however, obliging itself to sing the praises of those belonging to that party, whether merited or not.

      "In 'matters of public concern we will at all times express our views in an unconcealed manner, but will also be ready to learn from others, and our paper will be at the disposal of those who wish to discuss rationally matters of public interest.

      "And thus today we pass into the hands of our honored subscribers our first issue with the assurance that we will honestly endeavor to justify the confidence placed in us. Wishing our readers a happy New Year, we commend ourselves to their kind disposal and well-wishing.".4a

      4aNewspaper clipping date and paper unknown

  • Sources 
    1. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 49.

    2. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 57.

    3. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 3 Page 22.

    4. [S1118] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Daily News (1878-1897), Obituary of Friedrich Rittinger - October 14th, 1897.

    5. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 59.

    6. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Friederich Rittinger, painter of Berlin married 14 May 1854 in Berlin by license to Elisabeth Geiger of Berlin, wit: John Friederich of Berlin & Maria Hess of Berlin

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Dec 1833 - Michelbach, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - - Berliner Journal, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - painter - 1854 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 May 1854 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Publisher - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Publisher - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Publisher - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Oct 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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