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Philip Christman 

Philip Christman

Male 1842 - 1927

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  • Birth  14 Feb 1842  , Rheinbaiern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1846  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration  1846  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Religion  1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Residence  1866  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation  1871  6 Church Street West, Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Hotel Keeper 
    • The Anglo American Hotel, later named the Zilliax House
    Religion  1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    blacksmith 
    Occupation  1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Blacksmith 
    Residence  1888  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation  1891  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Blacksmith 
    Religion  1891  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office  1898  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Reeve - Elmira 
    Occupation  1901  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Blacksmith 
    Residence  1903  Elmira Agricultural Works Co. Limited, Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elected Office  1911  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Councillor - Waterloo County 
    Elected Office  1911  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Reeve - Elmira 
    Elected Office  1911  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Occupation  1911  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Blacksmith, Carrage Shop 
    Religion  1911  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Presbyterian 
    Residence  Arthur St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-26142P 
    Died  1927  [3
    Buried  Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I26142  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2017 

    Father  Henry Christman,   b. 1 Jul 1818, Greese, Rhein Giessen, Baiern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1888, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine Kehart,   b. 2 Jul 1822, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1864, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F6813  Group Sheet

    Family  Paulina Vogt,   b. 26 Mar 1849, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1936, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Nov 1866  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Amelia Christman,   b. 1867, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1937, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Charles Astor Christman,   b. 28 Sep 1869, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1961, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ida Elizabeth Christman,   b. 1871, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1909
     4. Edith Christman,   b. 26 Oct 1871, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Catharine Clara Christman,   b. CALC 15 Sep 1873, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1873, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Bertha Christman,   b. 29 Aug 1877, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1953
     7. Otto Christman,   b. 1880, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963
     8. George August Christman,   b. 23 Jun 1887, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Frankie Laura Christman,   b. 1892, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F6811  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Philip Christmas 1903
    Philip Christmas 1903

  • Notes 
    • From the Elmira Signet, Elmira, Ont, Thursday, October 6, 1927

      Philip Christman, Pioneer Resident, Mourned In Death:
      Respected Citizen, Who Succumbed, Aged 85, Long Identified With Elmira Affairs:
      WAS A WATERLOO WARDEN

      Spent More Than Score of Years at Smith's Forge: Odd Fellow Over Half-century

      Gale Presbyterian church was filled to capacity on Sunday afternoon when friends and relatives from far and near gathered to pay tribute to the late Philip Christman, aged 85, Elmira's oldest resident and second oldest citizen, and an outstanding figure in the life of the community. Services were conducted at this late residence, Arthur street, at 2.30 p.m. And later at the Presbyterian church, of which he was a faithful member for many years. Rev. F. McAvoy, pastor of the church, was c in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. A. M. Hamiton of Guelph, an old friend of Mr. Christman and a former pastor here.

      Former Postmaster

      An ex-postmaster, and an ex-warden of Waterloo County, Philip Christman was one of Elmira's pioneer citizens and was intimately associated with the growth of the town from its early days. Born in Bavaria on February 14, 1842, in sight of the Rhine, he came with his parents to Ontario in the year 1846, locating near St. Catherines. He moved to Elmira in 1856, where as a lad he got what little schooling there was available and commenced the trade of blacksmithing under the tutelage of Walter Wells, later a prominent citizen of Waterloo.

      Farmed For Time

      Mr. Christman worked for Block Markle at this trade and eventually bought the business which he carried on some time. Two years later Mr. Christman bought a farm near the town, which he and his son Charles worked for three years. Neither liking farming, he sold out and returned to Elmira and started blacksmithing again, continuing in this business for 20 years. Mr. Christman came to Elmira when it was not even a Hamlet, and it was sturdy stock such as he that made Elmira what it is today.

      Councilor and Warden

      In later years he became interested in municipal affairs and became councilor and later reeve of Woolwich and warden of Waterloo County. He was a member of the Odd Fellows for 54 years and was installed Nobel Grand 14 years ago. Mr. Christman was a remarkable healthy man all his life. At the age of 81 he could still turn a horse-shoe and set a tire as well as the more modern tradesman. In 1915 he was appointed postmaster here but retired in 1922. Since that time he has been enjoying a well earned rest. He was married to Paulina Vogt in 1867, a union which was blessed by five children, Mrs. Amelia Harper, Waterloo; Charles, Windsor; Otto L., Orillia; Miss Bertha and George at home.

      Many Mourners

      The remains were interred in the Elmira Cemetery, the burial rites of the Odd Fellow being performed at the graveside. The pallberarers were Messrs. William Behrens, J. A. Schroder, F. Shurly, Frank Rudow, A. Moses and Jack Maine. Among the out of town mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Christman, Windsor; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Christman and son Lorne, Orillia; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Harper, Mr.and Mrs. Hugh Rogers, Dr. and Mrs. Grant Harper, Mr. and Mrs. A. MacIntyre, Mr. and Mrs. J. Schondelmoyer, Mr. and Mrs. J. Conrad and daughter, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Jansen, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunter, Galt; Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Elby, St. Thomas; Mrs. J. Brundle, Mr. and Mrs. William Smith and Mrs. Frank Dunham, Hamiton; Mr. and Mrs. Scarrett, Port Huron; Miss Annie Uttley, Kitchener; Mr. and Mrs. Alf Jeanneret, Mr. And Mrs. Boomer, Toronto; Mrs. William Smith, Mr. Allan Smith, Mrs. Adam Pfaff, Rev. A. M. Hamilton, Guelph; Mr. and Mrs. George Hathaway, Mrs. Edward Roos, New Hamburg, and Mrs. Theoph Winn, Preston; Mr. and Mrs. John Goldner and son, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hollinger, Listowel.

      _________________________________________________

      Mr. Phillip Christman was born in Germany. When 10 years of age he came, with his parents to Elmira, in the year 1851, and is therefore one of the earliest residents of Elmira yet living. He served his apprenticeship to the blacksmithing trade in Elmira and later started a shop of his own. Thirty years ago he conducted the Anglo American Hotel, where the Zilliax House now stands. Later he disposed of this and bought a farm in Woolwich Township. Twelve years ago he returned to Elmira and again engaged in blacksmithing. He has been councillor of Elmira two years and Reeve for three years.1a

      1aEnterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 8.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 8.

    3. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      Philip Christman/ 1842 - 1927/ Pauline Vogt/ His Wife/ 1849 - 1936/ Their Children/ Catharine Clara 1873 - 1873/ Frankie Laura 1892 - 1893/ Ida Elizabeth 1871 - 1909/ Christman.

    4. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881.

    5. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 37.

    6. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 2 Page 5.

    7. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Philip Christman b. Rheinbaiern, Germany res: Elmira Age: 24 born abt 1842 father: Hay Christman mother: Catharine Kehrt married Pauline Vogt Age:: 17 born abt 1849 b. Hamilton Spouse res: Elmira father: Henry Vogt mother: Catharine Smitt married 6 Nov 1866 county: Waterloo

    8. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 49 Pg. 5.

    9. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Township of Woolwich 1861 Div. 4 Page 33.

    10. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 23.

    11. [S956] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Advertiser, "Obituary of Henry Christman," 15 Nov 1888..

    12. [S1450] Waterloo County Councillors A Collective Biography.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 14 Feb 1842 - , Rheinbaiern, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1846 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1846 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1866 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Nov 1866 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1871 - 6 Church Street West, Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - blacksmith - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1888 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1891 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Elmira - 1898 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith - 1901 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - Elmira Agricultural Works Co. Limited, Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Councillor - Waterloo County - 1911 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Elmira - 1911 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1911 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith, Carrage Shop - 1911 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Arthur St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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