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Mayor John Motz

Male 1830 - 1911

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  5 Jun 1830  Diedorf, Krs. Muehlhausen , Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1848  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Immigration  1849  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation  1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    tailor 
    • Lived with Christoph Nahrgang.
    Naturalization  1858  [1
    Occupation  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Printer 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Roman Catholic 
    Residence  1868  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Elected Office  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor - Councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1871-75 (Deputy Reeve), 1879, 1880-81 (Mayor)
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Publisher 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Printer 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Sheriff 
    Residence  1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    From Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Sherriff 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Catholic 
    Died  29 Oct 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Website  2008 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    newspaper editor, politician, sheriff 
    Occupation  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    newspaper editor 
    Residence  107 Young St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Heritage backers want to stop demolition
      NEWS 06:32 PM by Greg Mercer Waterloo Region Record

      KITCHENER '97 Heritage advocates are trying to save a turn-of-the century cottage slated for demolition as part of a new condo project proposed in downtown Kitchener.

      The home, at 107 Young St. in Kitchener, is being reviewed by the city's heritage committee Tuesday afternoon as part of a planned redevelopment that would build a six-storey, 42-unit building at the corner of Weber and Young streets.

      That project would demolish all buildings at the site, including 50-52 Weber St. W and 56 Weber St. W. But it's the plans to knock down 107 Young St. that has some people most alarmed....

      A draft report slated to go before the city's heritage committee says the only property that has "significant historical" value at the site is 56 Weber St. W., which was the 19th-century home of John Motz '97 the former mayor, councillor and sheriff of what was then called Berlin.

      The building at 52 Weber St. W, currently occupied by a massage parlour, was built before 1879....

      It's in "immaculate shape," she said. It has a corbelled brick chimney top, original, wood-framed bay windows with stained glass, wooden fascia, an original porch, brick walls and a stone and mortar joint basement wall.

      "It's unique to the heritage conservation district. This house is a gem. It's one of a kind in this district," Haalboom said. "It's the essence of that Busy Berlin community where our business people lived in the late 1800s."....

      Mercer, G. (2018). Heritage backers want to stop demolition . TheRecord.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8816372-heritage-backers-want-to-stop-demolition/
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    Kitchener-YoungSt.0107-Google-2018.JPG
    107 Young St., Kitchener, Ontario. Google Maps 2018
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-30658P 
    Person ID  I30658  Generations
    Last Modified  25 Nov 2018 

    Father  Johann Motz,   b. Abt 1800, of, Diedorf, Krs. Muehlhausen , Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Margaretha Schroeter,   b. Abt 1800, of, Diedorf, Krs. Muehlhausen , Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F3326  Group Sheet

    Family  Helene Vogt,   b. 11 Aug 1832, , Wuerttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  17 Feb 1868  St. Agatha, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. Maria H. "Mary" Motz,   b. 1868, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William John Motz,   b. 9 Sep 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Louise Motz,   b. May 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Carl Joseph Ludwig Motz,   b. CALC 5 Mar 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Augusta Noll,   b. 22 Nov 1881, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8058  Group Sheet

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    John Motz
    John Motz
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912
    John Motz
    John Motz
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912

  • Notes 
    • MOTZ, JOHN (baptized Johannes), tailor, newspaperman, politician, and office holder; b. 5 June 1830 in Diedorf (near Wanfried, Germany), son of Johannes Motz clerk of Diedorf, and Margaretha Schroeter; m. 17 Feb. 1868 Helena Vogt in Berlin (Kitchener), Ont., and they had three daughters, one of whom was adopted, and two sons; d. there 29 Oct. 1911.

      In 1846 John Motz's sister, Regina, and her husband, Friedrich Noll, immigrated to Upper Canada. Knowing his elder brother would inherit the family property in Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Motz decided to join them. The 18-year-old arrived in Quebec City in June 1848 and travelled on to Berlin, where the Nolls had settled. He initially worked as a farm-hand and a shingle cutter. In 1850 he apprenticed himself to Christian Nahrgang, a tailor; he subsequently established his own tailoring business in Petersburg and St Jacobs.

      Within a few years the lure of the west seized Motz's imagination. In 1857 he worked in Rock Island, Ill., and Davenport, Iowa. The following year, however, he returned to Berlin. He attended the local grammar school, where he mastered English.

      Motz's plan to become a teacher was abandoned when he established a friendship and business relationship with Friedrich Rittinger, printing manager of the Deutsche Canadier and the Telegraph in Berlin. In 1859 they founded what would become the largest and most important German-language newspaper in Ontario, the Berliner Journal. Motz acted as writer, editor, and business manager; Rittinger was the printer and technical manager. By 1867, of all Germans in Canada, 60 per cent lived in Waterloo County. In close touch with this German Canadian community, Motz provided thorough coverage of its news and activities and presented views that reflected the attitudes of his subscribers. As a result, the paper succeeded while those of many competitors, including non-German journals, failed. By 1896 the firm of Rittinger and Motz held approximately $100,000 in property. Throughout his career in journalism Motz was active in the German Canadian Press Association - he became its president in 1872 - and the Canadian Press Association. Beyond his newspaper, Motz sat on the boards of several businesses, including, during the early 1880s, the Economical Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

      As editor of the Berliner Journal Motz wrote about and encouraged the growth and prosperity of Waterloo County. His community commitment can also be seen in his political activities. In 1870 he was first elected to the Berlin Town Council; he later served as deputy reeve and, in 1880-81, mayor. He was appointed sheriff of Waterloo County in 1890, a position he would hold until his death. On the national level, he was active in the Reform party for many years, serving as vice-president and president of the Reform Association of North Waterloo. During the late 1890s and early 1900s he exchanged cordial letters with Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, many on patronage matters.

      Motz's interest in community affairs extended well beyond politics. He was a member of both the Concordia Club, which was devoted to the cultivation of German tradition through language, custom, and song, and the Horticultural Society. While on the high school board and the separate school board (1881), and through his newspaper, he promoted German-English bilingualism in the schools of Waterloo; he had strenuously opposed attempts by county school officials in the 1860s and 1870s to abolish German-language education. In 1889 he was appointed chairman of the board of management of the Berlin Free Library. As well, he participated in the organization of the local Children's Aid Society. Motz approached spiritual affairs with equal vigour. A member of St Mary's parish, he belonged to the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association and was the founder and, until 1911, president of the St Boniface Sick Society.

      John Motz retired as editor of the Berliner Journal in 1899, and the business was continued by the founders' sons, William John Motz and John Adam Rittinger. Motz's 40-year newspaper career, however, was only one facet of this public-spirited man who, the Daily Telegraph recorded at his death, "possessed the respect and esteem of his fellow citizens in the highest degree." He was a hard-headed businessman and a community activist. This combination ensured that the German Canadians of Waterloo had a spokesman whose voice was heard at home and in Ottawa.

      A devoted family man, Motz died at the age of 81 in 1911. As a tribute to his accomplishments, he was inducted into the Waterloo County Hall of Fame in 1975.
      Lynn E. Richardson

      A more extensive study of John Motz and the newspaper he founded is provided in the author's thesis, "A facile pen: John Motz and the Berliner Journal, 1859-1911" (ma thesis, Univ. of Waterloo, Ont., 1991).
      AO, RG 22-214, no.5608; RG 80-27-2, 76: 47. Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Library (Kitchener, Ont.), Hist. files. Univ. of Waterloo Library, Doris Lewis Rare Book Room, Paul Motz coll., Motz family papers, esp. "Chronicle from the local area of the Diedorf municipality, district of Muehlhaufen, administrative district of Erfurt, realm of Prussia (Prussian Kingdom), drafted by the regional mayor, Johannes Mom in the year 1844," trans. Sonja Kroisenbrunner. Berliner Journal (Berlin, later Kitchener), 29 Dec. 1859-1918 (name changed to Ontario Journal on 10 Jan. 1917). Daily Telegraph (Berlin), 31 Oct. 1911. Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 31 Dec. 1947-1991, esp. Ernie Ronnenberg, "John Motz: pioneer country newspaperman, public servant," 8 July 1975. News-Record (Berlin), 31 Oct.-1 Nov. 1911. W. H. Breithaupt, "President's address: some German settlers of Waterloo County," Waterloo Hist. Soc., Annual report (Berlin), 1 (1913): 11-15. Dorothy Grigg and B. M. Dunham, "The Kitchener Public Library," Waterloo Hist. Soc., Annual report (Toronto), 16 (1928): 71. H. K. Kalbfleisch, The history of the pioneer German language press of Ontario, 1835-1918 (Toronto, 1968). K. H. Lamb, "The sheriffs of Waterloo," Waterloo Hist. Soc., [Annual report] (Kitchener), 72 (1984): 119-27. Gottlieb Leibbrandt, Little paradise: the saga of the German Canadians of Waterloo County, Ontario, 1800-1975 (Kitchener, 1980). The mercantile agency. reference book . . . (Montreal), September 1896. A. O. Potter, Let's reminisce (Kitchener, 1954). Recollections of 125 years, [ed. Wendy Collishaw and Barry Preston] (Kitchener, 1979). W. V. Uttley, A history of Kitchener; Ontario (Kitchener, 1937; repr. [Waterloo, 1975]).


      Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online 2000 University of Toronto/Université Laval

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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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      John Motz, Mayor 1880-81

      The late John Motz was elected mayor of Berlin at an election necessitated by the. death of Louis Breithaupt, Sr., in July 1880 and re-elected in January 1881. Previous to this he sat in the council for a number of years. He took a deep interest in the welfare of Berlin, being a member for some time of the High School Board, Free Library Board, Separate School Board, and St. Mary's Church Board. He was appointed Sheriff of Waterloo County in January, 1900. He was founder of the St. Bonifice Benefit Society, which today has 400 members and which is the largest local Benfit Association in the Province.3a

      3aOfficial souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

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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.

      John Motz was a native of Prussia, where he was born in 1830. Having lost his father and mother early in life he decided in 1848 to join his sister and her husband who had emigrated to Canada some years before. He first arrived in Berlin in June, 1848. For three years, from 1850 on, he was apprentice to C. K. Nahrgang, a tailor. Later he was in various places in the county and for a year in Davenport, la., and Rock Island, 111. Returning to Berlin in 1858 he entered the Grammar School with intent to fit himself as teacher. His former acquaintance with Friederich Rittinger was renewed, and the resolution to publish a German newspaper gradually took shape. Messrs. Rittinger and Motz sought at first to buy the " Deutche Canadier." Not succeeding in this they projected, and duly launched, the " Berliner Journal." Of public spirit, John Motz was Town Councillor, Deputy Reeve, and in 1880 and 1881, Mayor of Berlin. In politics he was active in the Reform party for many years, was Vice-President and later President of the Reform Association of North Waterloo. He was appointed Sheriff of Waterloo County in December, 1900. This office he retained until his death in 1911.4a

      4aFirst 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.".5a

      5aNewspaper clipping date and paper unknown

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-4 Page 17.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 13.

    3. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 37.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 58.

    5. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 2 Page 17.

    6. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 28 Pg. 4.

    7. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 2 Page 22.

    8. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Joh. Motz, 36, res. Berlin, b. Prussia, son of Johannes Margarethe, married 17 Feb 1868 Helena Vogt, 34, res. Berlin, b. Wurtenburg, daughter of Peter and Maria Anna

    9. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 26 Page 4.

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 5 Jun 1830 - Diedorf, Krs. Muehlhausen , Prussia, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1848 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1849 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tailor - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., 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 - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1868 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Feb 1868 - St. Agatha, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Councillor - Kitchener - 1871 - 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 - Roman Catholic - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sheriff - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Sherriff - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Catholic - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Oct 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - newspaper editor, politician, sheriff - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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