Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Search

Hubert Proctor
Male 1913 - 1913


HomeHome    SearchSearch    PrintPrint    Add BookmarkAdd Bookmark

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • House of Industry and Refuge  1913  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    House of Industry and Refuge ca 1869.JPG
    House of Industry and Refuge ca 1869.JPG
    The House of Industry and Refuge. In 1868, 141 acres was purchased on Frederick Street in Berlin (now Kitchener) and the house opened on June 15, 1869. The original building housed 100 and operated as an industrial farm, which raised crops and livestock. The residents worked for their keep if possible, those most did not. The House eventually became a strictly a residence of the aged and later relocated and renamed Sunnyside.
    Residence  1913  468 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth  28 Mar 1913  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Name  Herbert Proctor 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-173145 
    Died  26 May 1913  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: Infantile Syphilis 
    Buried  House of Industry and Refuge First Original Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I173145  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Proctor,   b. Abt 1893, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Annie Clayton,   b. Abt 1893, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F51637  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • The House of Industry and Refuge in Kitchener, known as the Poorhouse which later became Sunnyside Home, buried their own deceased residents who had no one to claim their bodies. The first cemetery lay close to the railway tracks going up the hill between the Polish Legion and Christie Digital on Wellington Street North in Kitchener.

      This first cemetery started in 1869 and was in operation until 1884. The second cemetery located along Dunham and Indiana Streets in Kitchener across from Weston Bakery on Victoria Street, which was closer to the home and on somewhat flatter land. Burials continued in the new cemetery until 1907 when the law was changed and unclaimed bodies were to be sent away for medical study.

      A number of people were sent away to Toronto and London for this purpose. The new cemetery site was sold and the bodies unmarked were later forgotten and the bodies remain to this day. The old cemetery also neglected and the graves unmarked, remained, still owned by the County.

      The residents of the House of Industry and Refuge were appalled with the idea of being sent away for medical study, but that didn't prevent it from happening. There was one single known exception.

      Hubert Proctor was born 28 March 1914 at 468 King St. North, Kitchener. His parents were unmarried and the father not in the picture. The mother sick and falling on hard times entered into the House soon after the birth of Hubert. Hubert also was unwell, being born with a disease contracted from his mother. After two months of life Hubert died from then incurable Infantile Syphilis.

      The law was clear, Hubert's body was to be sent away for medical study, but this was a baby. The thought of this little babe being sent away, probably was too much for Hubert's sick mother and the staff of the House. It was decided to circumvent the law and bury the child locally.

      The main cemetery across from Weston's Bakery was closed, the law changed in 1907 making it no longer needed and the land being considered for sale into private hands. The old cemetery not used in nearly 30 years was prepared to receive one last burial. It was here down by railroad tracks the little Hubert was the last burial in the original cemetery of the House of Industry and Refuge

  • Sources 
    1. [S1848] House of Industry and Refuge Burial Register - Kitchener, Pg 17 No. Reg. Number in Admittance Record Book: 2004.
      Herbert Proctor Died: 26 May 1913 Aged 2 mos. Cause: Infantile Syphilis Comment and Remarks: Edward Lippert Buried by Friends in Berlin

    2. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 33146 (1913), Hubert Proctor..
      Hubert Proctor d. 27 May 1913 House of Refuge, Kitchener, aged 2 ms. b. 468 King St. W., Berlin, s/o Illegitimate and Annie Clayton, cause: infantile syphilis

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsHouse of Industry and Refuge - 1913 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1913 - 468 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 Mar 1913 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Infantile Syphilis - 26 May 1913 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Maps 
     = Link to Google Earth