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Emil Vogelsang 

Emil Vogelsang[1, 2, 3]

Male 1834 - 1894

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  • Birth  7 May 1834  Baimen, Prussia, Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1868  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Historic Building  1871  307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Canadian Ivory Button Factory 
    • Emile Vogelsang built his button factory named "Canadian Ivory Button Factory" in 1871. Condition in 1978 was listed as very good. There is a Dutch influence in the brickwork over the windows. In the 1990's the factory was converted to aparments with additional apartments built attached. This apartment conplex is now a co-op and is known as as "Bread and Roses".
    Canadian Ivory Works
    Canadian Ivory Works
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Manufacturer 
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    New Jerusalem 
    Invention  Apr 1879  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cast Iron Skylight 
    Emil patented a cast iron skylight in 1870
    Emil patented a cast iron skylight in 1870
    http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/patents/001038-119.01-e.php?&patent_id_nbr=10524&page_sequence_nbr=1&interval=20&page_id_nbr=31456&
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Manufacturer 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Swedenborgian 
    Elected Office  1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1887
    Name  Ernie Vogelsang  [10
    Occupation  1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    button manufacturer 
    Occupation  1894  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    button maker 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-32115P 
    Died  6 May 1894  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Cause: paralysis (11 days) 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I32115  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Aug 2016 

    Father  Friederich Vogelsang,   b. Abt 1804, Of, Barmen, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Wilhelmina,   b. Abt 1804, Of, Barmen, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F28678  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Louisa Tuerk,   b. 19 May 1837, Rade, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1871, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Jun 1868  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Philipp Vogelsang,   b. 1864, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Emil Carl Vogelsang,   b. 9 Apr 1869, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Liddy Vogelsang,   b. 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Frederick Albert "Fred" Vogelsang,   b. 7 Aug 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1934, Bremen Township, Cook Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Margaret Vogelsang,   b. 12 Jun 1871, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Herman Emanuel Vogelsang,   b. 2 Nov 1871, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F28676  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Margaret Cress,   b. 6 Jan 1843, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1927, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Heinrich Otto "Otto" Vogelsang,   b. 2 Nov 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1945
     2. Friedrick Oscar "Fred" Vogelsang,   b. 2 Nov 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1944, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Edith Eda "Ida" Vogelsang,   b. 10 Jan 1876,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Hugo Vogelsang,   b. 17 Aug 1878, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Heinrich Arthur Vogelsang,   b. 19 Jun 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Walter Eugene Vogelsang,   b. 11 Dec 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1887, Port Elgin, Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mathilda Louise "Louise" Vogelsang,   b. 16 May 1885, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8389  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Emil Vogelsang
    Emil Vogelsang
    from Waterlo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • "In the late 1980's, a group of concerned individuals decided to do something about the fact that rental housing was becoming increasingly hard to afford. At the time, the Federal Government of Canada used to sponsor a co-op housing program through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

      The founding group approached CMHC and got the ball rolling. The group incorporated as Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes (Kitchener). Our name: Bread and Roses is symbolic of the fact that people need not just a home (Bread), but also a community to live in and belong to (the Roses). In addition, it is the title of a historically significant song from the labour movement.

      THE BUTTON FACTORY

      The original building began life as a button factory in 1879. Owned and operated by Emil Vogelsang. This historical site became available to Bread and Roses,
      negotiations were concluded and construction began. A new high-rise building was put up and the historical factory was converted into apartments.

      Finally, after a long and adventurous road, the first members moved into the project in June of 1990. Because the goal was not to make a profit, but rather to provide safe and secure housing to those who needed it, special efforts were made to accommodate those who are at a disadvantage in seeking comfortable housing. Just over half of the apartments were designated as rent-geared-to-income housing (RGI); and is funded by CMHC. We were also able to get 4 wheelchair-accessible units and reserve two RGI units for people living with HIV/AIDS. From the beginning, we have been a mixed-income community and have welcomed diversity in our membership.

      Since being founded, Bread and Roses has gone through many phases of community building and learning how to run its own affairs independently. Having lately gone through a series of building improvements, we are currently focusing on community growth and a culture of involvement where members are active in the day-to-day running and decision-making of the Co-op. Every new member is an additional asset to Bread and Roses. Each bringing with them new experiences and skills to contribute to our little community."1a

      1ahttp://www.breadandrosescoop.org

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      The Button Industry


      A young German named Emil Vogelsang came to Berlin in 1867 and chummed with Allan Huber, son of H. S. Huber. One day the merchant questioned the youth,

      "What can you do, Emil?"
      "I'm a button turner."
      "Then show us how you make buttons."
      "Before I could do that," said Emil, "I'd need a lathe and a batch of ivory-nuts."


      Mr. Huber had a lathe made in Waterloo and imported a shipment of nuts for Mr. Vogelsang. The latter leased a room and power from the Simpson Furniture Company and soon was manufacturing first-class buttons. He called his venture, "The Pioneer Button Works." The buttons found a ready sale in Eastern Canada and the United States. His was the first button factory in Canada, if not in America..

      Before long Mr. Vogelsang needed a factory of his own. He interested J. J. Woelfle in the enterprise and they awarded Jacob Y. Shantz a contract to erect a $20,000 building on the northeast corner of King and College Streets. Before it was up Mr. Woelfle withdrew. Mr. Shantz then purchased an interest in the button works for a sum equal to the price of the building and entered into a 7-year agreement with Mr. Vogelsang. When that term expired Mr. Vogelsang retired and built another button factory in South Queen Street, which he later sold to the W. G. & R. Shirt Company. (Now occupied by the Fehrenbach Mattress Co.)

      Mr. Shantz had not had any practical experience in the manufacture of buttons, yet did not wish to see the employees deprived of their livelihood. He therefore continued manufacturing and after costly experimenting, during which he was assisted by his son, M. B. Shantz, the factory was placed on a sound footing. Mr. Shantz's sons Dilman and John likewise joined him. Jacob Y. Shantz & Sons became the largest employers of labor in Berlin. For a time there were four button factories in the town and it was widely known as "Buttonville." Jacob Y. Shantz entered into partnership also with a Mr. Feick and made felt goods in the button-factory basement.2a

      2a
      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937 pg 169-171



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      Emil came to Canada in 1866, aged 32. A year later he sent for Louisa. They were married by her brother, Rev. F.W. Tuerk, who was already here as the minister of the New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborg). Another of her brothers worked for Emil in the Vogelsang Button Factory and it is said that he embezzeled money and thus ruined the business. Emil opened a new Button Factory in Port Elgin, ON. He died at age 59 after he moved back to Berlin, ON, and the VOGELSANG burial plot is in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 30 Sep 1880.
      Sept. 22, 1880 Hugo Vogelsang, son of Emil Vogelsang, died in Berlin at age of 2 years 1 month & 5 days

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 20 Jan 1887.
      13 Jan 1887 Walter Eugen Vogelsang, son of Emil Vogelsang, died in Port Elgin at age of 4 years, 1 month and 2 days.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 16 Nov 1871.
      Louise Vogelsang died 15 Nov 1871 in Berlin, née Tuerk, wife of Emil, 34 yrs, 5 mths, 2 days.

    4. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      [Anchor & shield A.O.U.W.] Zum Andenken an / Emil Vogelsang / gest. 6 Mai 1894 / Alt 59 Jah. 11 Mon. / und 29 Tage

    5. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Emil Vagelsaug Death Date: 6 or 7 May 1894 Death Location: Waterloo Born: abt 1835 Birth Location: Deu

    6. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Bridegroom Name: Emil Vogelzang Age: 34 Res: Berlin Place of Birth: Barmen, Ger. Names of Parents: Friedr. & Wilha. Vogelzang Bride: Name: Louisa Tuerk Age: 31 Res: Berlin Place of Birth: Rade, Prussia, Ger. Names of Parents: Gottliev & Wilha. Tuerk Witness(S): Name: Allen Huber Res: Berlin Name: Jacob Woelfle Res: Berlin Date of Marriage: June 28, 1868

    7. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 65.

    8. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 53.

    9. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

    10. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Heinrich Otto b. 2 Nov 1873, bapt. 28 Jun 1874 s/o Ernie & Margaret. Vogelsang

    11. [S655] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, 34262 (1882), Walter Eugene Vogelsang..
      Walter Eugene Vogelsang b. 11 Dec 1882 Berlin, s/o Emil Vogelsang (button manufacturer) & Margaret Cress

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1868 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Jun 1868 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Canadian Ivory Button Factory - 1871 - 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Jerusalem - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInvention - Cast Iron Skylight - Apr 1879 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 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 MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - button manufacturer - 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - button maker - 1894 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: paralysis (11 days) - 6 May 1894 - Kitchener, 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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