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Dr. Mayor Henry George Lackner, Mayor

Male 1851 - 1925

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  • Prefix  Dr. Mayor 
    Suffix  Mayor 
    Birth  25 Dec 1851  Hawkesville, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Business  46 Woodside Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Table Company 
    Historic Building  Abt 1860  34 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    The Shoemaker-Lackner House 
    • House built by David Shoemaker in 1860 in the late Classic Revival Style with three bay windows on each side. Built of white brick. Later owned by Dr. H. G. Lackner and was used as office and residence. Demolished by the Economical Insurance Company.
    Religion  1861  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1871  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Teacher 
    Religion  1871  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    United Brethren 
    Occupation  1880  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    physician 
    House of Industry and Refuge  1881 
    served as House Doctor 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Physican 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1886  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor - Berlin 
    • Years Served: 1886-87 1893 (Mayor)
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    physician 
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Doctor 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Died  4 Dec 1925  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Cause: myocarditis (5 years), acute dilatation of myocardial failure (30 minutes) 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Doctor, mayor, sheriff and politician 
    Name  H. G. Lackner 
    Name  Heinrich George Lackner 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-28157P 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I28157  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2017 

    Father  William August Lackner,   b. 15 Feb 1827, , Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1906, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Julianna Elisabeth Diefenbacher,   b. CALC 20 Sep 1827, Rohrbach, , Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1893, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  31 Dec 1850  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F21895  Group Sheet

    Family  Helen Allister MacKie,   b. 9 May 1854, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1935 
    Married  17 Jun 1880  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. May Agnes Lackner,   b. 26 Aug 1883, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1966
     2. Dr. Harry Mackie Lackner,   b. 10 Dec 1883, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964
    Family ID  F24022  Group Sheet

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    HENRY GEORGE LACKNER MD, CM
    HENRY GEORGE LACKNER MD, CM
    http://www.region.waterloo.on.ca/web/region.nsf/0/53C30F624F314DEE85256B06004B55C1?OpenDocument
    Dr. Henry George Lackner
    Dr. Henry George Lackner
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912
    Dr. Henry George Lackner
    Dr. Henry George Lackner
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912
    Henry George Lackner 1912
    Henry George Lackner 1912
    From Berlin, Canada A Self-portrait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One
    Henry George Lackner
    Henry George Lackner
    The Canadian Album - Men of Canada or Success by Example (Brantford, Ontario, Canada: Bradley Garretson & Co., 1891)

  • Notes 
    • Dr. Henry George Lackner, whose father was a German pioneer farmer, was an early general practitioner who had the esteem and affection of countless patients throughout Western Ontario. He served two generations with immense ability, tireless energy, keen insight and understanding.

      Born in Hawkesville in 1851, he graduated from the Toronto School of Medicine in 1876. On graduating from the University of Toronto he was awarded the Starr gold medal and the first silver medal - the only doctor in Ontario at that time to win both medals on graduation. He practiced in Berlin for almost half a century, was for many years Medical Officer of Health and physician to the House of Refuge.

      He was a member of the town council and mayor for six years. A Conservative, he represented North Waterloo in the Ontario Legislature. He was sheriff of Waterloo County from 1912 until his death.

      Four generations of Lackners have been outstanding members of the medical profession1a

      1aWaterloo County Hall of Fame

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      Lackner, Dr. Henry of the town of Berlin, Ontario, was born on the 25th day of December, 1851, at Hawksville, in the township of Wellesley, Waterloo county, Ontario. His ancestors were very worthy German people, and his parents came from Baden, Germany, in 1839. Arriving in Canada they wended their way to the township of Wellesley, where William Lackner, the father of our subject undertook farming. But he did not farm in the plodding way, and upon a mediocre scale. In due time he became a thriving and leading agriculturist, and besides his success in this way, engaged himself largely in stock-raising. The old homestead now contains nearly four hundred acres of the finest agricultural land in Ontario. Our subject's father has been the holder of several municipal and other public offices in the township and county. His son, Henry George, attended the public school until the age of fourteen years, when he obtained a scholarship at matriculation examination at the Berlin Grammar School. He attended this institution for two years, when he commenced the profession of teaching. He taught two of the best public schools in the county, from 1868 to 1872 inclusive. Subsequently he attended the Toronto School of Medicine for four years, and in 1876 he obtained his license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ont., by passing an honorary examination. He also graduated in medicine at the Toronto University. In the same year he obtained the degree of M.B. with honours, and took the Starr gold medal and the first University silver medal (1876). He at once commenced practice of his profession in the town of Berlin in 1876, and has been there ever since in practice. Every young practitioner finds difficulty in building up his practice, and in the beginning the same labour awaited our subject ; but he was persistent, and he had his heart in his work, and now he enjoys high repute for professional skill, and has established for himself a most valuable practice. He was appointed physician to the House of Industry and Refuge for the county of Waterloo (1881), and medical health officer for the town of Berlin in 1884. He holds both of these positions at this time. In religion he is a member of the Lutheran Church. He married in 1880 Helen A. Mackie, eldest daughter of John A. Mackie, J.P., who is at present the oldest established general merchant in the County of Waterloo.2a

      2aA cyclopaedia of Canadian biography: being chiefly men of the time. A collection of persons distinguished in professional and political life; leaders in the commerce and industry of Canada, and successful pioneers by George McLean Rose Rose Pub. Co., 1886 - 807 pages

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      Lackner, Dr. H. G., physician, surgeon, and coroner. Was born in the county, 1851.3a

      3aIllustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881

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      H. G. Lackner, Mayor 1886-7.

      Henry George Lackner, M. D. -M. P. P., was born in Hawkesville in 1851. He received his education in the Waterloo and Berlin Grammar Schools and taught school successfully from 1868 to 1872; subsequently attending the Toronto School of Medicine. He received his license to practice in 1876, graduating with honors. The doctor has always taken a deep interest in Berlin. He was elected mayor in 1886, having a plurality of votes over both his opponents. In the year following, he was elected by acclamation. He was also mayor in 1893. He contested North Waterloo in the Conservative interests and was elected in 1898 to the Ontario Legislature which position he still holds.4a

      4aOfficial souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

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      HENRY GEORGE LACKNER, M.D.
      , Berlin, Ont., was born on the 25th of December, 1851, at Hawksville, County of Waterloo. His parents were William and Juliana (Diefenbacher) Lackner, who emigrated from Germany in 1839 and settled in Waterloo County, where his father became a very prosperous farmer, devoting much attention to stock raising. He was for five years a member of the Township Council, director of the County and Township Agricultural Societies, director and one of the originators of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Waterloo. Dr. Lacknerreceived his education at the public school of Waterloo and Berlin Grammar School, here he obtained a scholarship at matriculation examinations. He then taught school successfully in Waterloo County from 1868 until 1872. He subsequently attended the Toronto School of Medicine four years. By passing an honorary examination in 1876, he obtained his license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The same year he carried off the Star Gold Medal and the First University Silver Medal. After graduating at the University of Toronto, he commenced his profession in Berlin, where lie has ever since grown in popularity as a most skillful physician, and has a large and growing practice. Dr. Lackner takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the town. He was appointed physician to the House of Industry for Waterloo County in. 1881, and Medical Health Officer for Berlin in 1884. He was elected mayor in 1886, having a plurality of votes over both opponents, and was in the following year elected by acclamation. In politics he is an Independent. He is an adherent of the Lutheran Church. He is a member of the C.O.F., I.O.F., A.O.U.W., K.O.T.M., and Royal Arcanum, and is medical examiner for each of these societies. Dr. Lackner was married June 17th, 1880, to Miss Helen A., eldest daughter of John. A. Mackie, J.P. The doctor's family consists of two children\emdash a son, Harry M., and a daughterr, May A.5a

      5aWilliam Cochrane Rev., The Canadian Album - Men of Canada or Success by Example (Brantford, Ontario, Canada: Bradley Garretson & Co., 1891), 455.

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      GEORGE LACKNER, M.P.P.

      DR. Henry George Lackner, who has attained distinction in connection with the practice of his profession and is equally prominent and influential in political circles, having five times been chosen to represent his district in the Provincial Parliament, was born on the 25th of December, 1851, in Hawkesville, Waterloo County, Ontario, his parents being William and Julia (Diefenbaker) Lackner, both of whom were natives of Waterloo county. Their respective parents settled in that county about 1806 among the pioneer residents who pushed their way to the ever receding west and aided in extending the frontier, converting the hitherto wild district into a region of modern and advanced civilization. Both the Lackners and the Diefenbakers were farming people, who cleared bush farms in what was known as the Queen's Bush.

      Dr. Lackner was reared amid the invigorating environment of the home farm and pursued his preliminary education in the common schools of Hawksville and the Berlin high school. He afterwards attended the Toronto University for the acquirement of professional knowledge and was graduated therefrom in 1876, with the degree of M.D. He was the Starr gold medalist and the first silver medalist. Since his graduation he has practised continuously in Berlin, and is now the oldest, active representative of the profession in this place. He was appointed the first medical health officer for Berlin and acted in that capacity for ten years, while since 1880 he has been physician and surgeon for the House of Refuge. During thirty-one years he has contributed to the alleviation of human suffering in his adopted city, keeping in touch with the trend of modern thought and investigation along scientific medical lines and by the consensus of public opinion has ever been accorded a foremost place in the ranks of the medical fraternity here.

      He was elected a member of the Provincial legislature in 1908, as a representative of the Conservative party for North Waterloo. He was re-elected in 1902, 1905, 1908 and 1911, receiving good majorities in each contest. He is the only Conservative representative that has sat in the local legislature since the county was organized\emdash a fact which is indicative of his personal popularity, as well as the confidence reposed in his political integrity and his devotion to the general welfare.

      In 1881 Dr. Lackner was married to Miss Helen A. Mackie, a daughter of the late John A. Mackie of Berlin, who for forty years was chief acting magistrate of the county. They have a daughter and son, May and Harry, the latter now a practising physician in Berlin. Dr. Lackner is a member of most of the leading fraternal societies and is also medical examiner thereof. He is distinctively a man of affairs and one who has wielded a wide influence, doing much to mold public thought and action. Opposed to misrule in political service, he stands for good government as well as for professional honor, and over the record of his public career and private life there falls no shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil.6a

      6aFrom Berlin, Canada A Self-portait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One

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      HENRY GEORGE LACKNER, M.D., Berlin, Ont., was born on the 25th of December, 1851, at Hawksville, County of Waterloo. His parents were William and Juliana (Diefenbacher) Lackner, who emigrated from Germany in 1839 and settled in Waterloo County, where his father became a very prosperous farmer, devoting much attention to stock raising. He was for five years a member of the Township Council, director of the County and Township Agricultural Societies, director and one of the originators of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Co., Waterloo. Dr. Lackner received his education at the public school of Waterloo and Berlin Grammar School, where he obtained a scholarship at matriculation examinations. He then taught school successfully in Waterloo County from 1868 until 1872. He subsequently attended the Toronto School of Medicine four years. By passing an honorary examination in 1876, he obtained his license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The same year he carried off the Star Gold Medal and the First University Silver Medal. After graduating at the University of Toronto, he commenced his profession in Berlin, where he has ever since grown in popularity as a most skilful physician, and has a large and growing practice. Dr. Lackner takes an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the town. He was appointed physician to the House of Industry for Waterloo County in 1881, and Medical Health Officer for Berlin in 1884. He was elected mayor in 1886, having a plurality of votes over both opponents, and was in the following year elected by acclamation. In politics he is an Independent. He is an adherent of the Lutheran Church. He is a member of the C.O.F., I.O.F., A.O.U.W., K.O.T.M., and Royal Arcanum, and is medical examiner for each of these societies. Dr. Lackner was married June 17th, 1880, to Miss Helen A., eldest daughter of John A. Mackie, J.P. The doctor's family consists of two children--a son, Harry M., and a daughter, May A.7a

      7aThe Canadian Album - Men of Canada or Success by Example (Brantford, Ontario, Canada: Bradley Garretson & Co., 1891)


  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Henry George Lackner d. 7 Dec 1925 Kitchener b. 25 Dec 1852 Hawkesville, occupation doctor, s/o William Lackner (b. Germany) & Julin Diefenbeck (b. Germany) buried Mount Hope, cause: myocarditis (5 years), acute dilatation of myocardial failure (30 minutes)

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

    3. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      In loving memory of/ Henry George/ Lackner, M.D./ born Dec. 25, 1851/ died Dec. 4, 1925

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 39.

    5. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 28 Pg. 5.

    6. [S269] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1871, Div. 3A, Pg. 28.

    7. [S1132] Book - The Canadian Album - Men of Canada, 455..

    8. [S855] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1861, Div. 13 Page 90.

    9. [S1209] Book - An Architechural Survey of Berlin, The Central Area, Report of the Shoemaker-Lackner House 34 Queen Street North, Kitchener.

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Henry George Lackner Born: Canada Age: 28 Born: abt 1852 Father: William Lackner Mother: Julia Lakner Spouse: Nellie MacKie Age: 27 Born: abt 1853 born: Canada Father: J A MacKie Mother: Mary MacKie married 17 Jun 1880 married: Waterloo, Berlin

    11. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Dec 1851 - Hawkesville, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Berlin Table Company - - 46 Woodside Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - The Shoemaker-Lackner House - Abt 1860 - 34 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1871 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - United Brethren - 1871 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - physician - 1880 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1880 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physican - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Berlin - 1886 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - physician - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Doctor - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: myocarditis (5 years), acute dilatation of myocardial failure (30 minutes) - 4 Dec 1925 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Doctor, mayor, sheriff and politician - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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