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Casper Braun 

Casper Braun

Male 1864 - 1937

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  • Immigration  1863  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Birth  22 Jun 1864  Air?, , Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Immigration  1865  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Christened  8 Jan 1865  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender  Male 
    Business  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Granite and Works 
    • Known as the Berlin Granite & Marble Works Casper's building was located at the corner of King St. W. and Water Street, later in Kitchener time to become the TNT store.
    Berlin Granit and Marble Works
    Berlin Granit and Marble Works
    Known as the Berlin Granite & Marble Works Casper's building was located at the corner of King St. W. and Water Street, later in Kitchener time to become the TNT store.
    Kitchener-CasperBraun-0001-Letterhead1925.jpg
    Kitchener-CasperBraun-0001-Letterhead1925.jpg
    Kitchener Granite Works
    Kitchener Granite Works
    image KPL
    Naturalization  1866  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    New Jerusalem 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Mason 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence  1887  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Immigration  1889  , , USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Elected Office  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1891-92, 1897-1903
    Residence  1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence of Casper Braun 1897 Kitchener
    Residence of Casper Braun 1897 Kitchener
    From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    contractor 
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Contractor, Building 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Evangelical 
    Occupation  1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Mason, Contractor 
    Caspar Braun mass producing homes on Peter St., Kitchener, Ontario
    Caspar Braun mass producing homes on Peter St., Kitchener, Ontario
    The stamped concrete houses at the west end of Peter Street being built (photo looking east). The giant tower in the middle of the street is an early concrete pump which allowed them to be built 4 at a time. These houses were an experimental mass production by builder Casper Braun before (or around the time of) the Great War. They only took 8 hours to cast.

    ( Photo from the National Builder, February 1916. Thanks to Rych Mills for providing sources ).
    Religion  1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Evangelical 
    Residence  1921  726 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  13 Mar 1937 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Name  Casper Brown 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-29146P 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I29146  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Henry Braun,   b. 24 Sep 1833, Cleba, District of Hersfeld, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1898, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Henriette Wilhelmine Bertha Hardel,   b. CALC 15 Jun 1839, Stettin, , Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1914 
    Married  16 Jul 1863  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F12411  Group Sheet

    Family  Elisabeth Schmidt,   b. 8 Mar 1859, North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  31 May 1887  North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    Children 
     1. Arthur C. Braun,   b. 7 Sep 1892, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Wesley Edward Braun,   b. 27 Jan 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Isabella Braun,   b. 9 Jul 1896, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Gordon B. Braun,   b. Aug 1901, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F7654  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Casper Braun
    Casper Braun
    Casper Braun - image from Kitchener Public Library
    Casper Braun - image from Kitchener Public Library

  • Notes 
    • Casper Braun, when an infant, came to Berlin with his parents. His father Henry Braun, was a mason and built homes in this community. Casper also became a contractor and, as well as homes, built portions of the Uniroyal building, the original Ames, Holden, McCready Rubber plant (later B.F. Goodrich Canada Limited), the Cluett Peabody, Lang Tanning and Krug Furniture plants and many other industrial buildings.

      He also built King Edward School and additions to Victoria School and Suddaby School, as well as St. Mary's, Calvary Memorial and the Sunday school addition of Zion Evangelical (United) churches and the first large apartment building in Kitchener, the York apartments. He also had a large monument business and owned and operated the Ott Brick and Tile Manufacturing Company.

      Braun was a member of Kitchener Council for nine years and the Water Commission for twenty-nine years. He was also a trustee of Zion Evangelical Church for many years.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Henry Braun, mason, began his career as a contractor in 1864. He continued till 1889, when he was succeeded by his son Casper. The son built some of the principal churches and factories of his time. Later on, he engaged in the monument business on the corner of King and Water Streets. Of late years the works have been situated at 16 Andrew Street. Since Mr. Braun's death in 1937, his son, G. B. Braun, is manager of the estate. Casper Braun gained the lasting esteem of the public.2a

      2a
      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg 160

  • Sources 
    1. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 19 Page 23.

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, A-1 pg 13.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Caspar Braun Born: Air Ohio Age: 22 Father: Henry Braun Mother: Wilhelmena Braun Born: abt 1865 Spouse: Elizabeth Schmidt Age: 28 born: North Easthope Father: Balthaser Schmidt Mother: Anna Barbara Schmidt married 31 May 1887 married: Perth

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 28.

    5. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 67.

    6. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Caspar b. 22 Jan 1864, bapt. 8 Jan 1865, s/o Henry & Wilh'a Braun

    7. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 29, Pg 4.

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 9 Jun 1887.
      31 May 1887 Caspar Braun of Berlin and Elisabeth Schmidt of North Easthope, were married by Rev. Preacher Wittig, North Easthope.

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1863 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1865 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 8 Jan 1865 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Berlin Granite and Works - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1866 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Jerusalem - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mason - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1887 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 May 1887 - North Easthope Twp., Perth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1889 - , , USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - contractor - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Contractor, Building - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mason, Contractor - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Evangelical - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - 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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