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John Fennell 

John Fennell[1, 2]

Male 1837 - 1922

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  • Birth  8 Aug 1837  Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender  Male 
    Business  John Fennell Hardware, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    John Fennell - Coal, Iron, and Hardware Merchant 
    • C. N. Weber is a complex organization, but it started simply enough as hardware store founded by Samuel Date in 1855. He sold tools and supplies needed by carpenters, metal smiths and carriage makers in the community of Berlin, which later became Kitchener. Date sold the store to John Fennell, a prominent community leader who died in 1922. In 1923, C.N. Weber bought the store from Fennell's widow. Over time, the business shifted from retail sales to industrial supply.
    John Fennell's Merchant Business Receipt 1878
    John Fennell's Merchant Business Receipt 1878
    Residence  1864  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Business  1867  Kiddomhill, Eskdalemuir, , Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    John Fennell Iron Monger, oils, saws,cutlery, plated ware, paint, glass, etc. 
    John Fennell Iron Monger, oils, saws,cutlery, plated ware, paint, glass, etc.
    John Fennell Iron Monger, oils, saws,cutlery, plated ware, paint, glass, etc.
    from 1867 Directory of Waterloo
    Occupation  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Merchant 
    John Fennell
    John Fennell
    1878 Waterloo County Directory
    Religion  1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Church of England 
    Elected Office  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1881-82
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Merchant 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of England 
    Possessions  29 Jun 1887  46 Ahrens St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grantee 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Hardware Merchant 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Anglican 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Hardware Merchant 
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Merchant 
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Anglican 
    Residence  1911  125 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Employer  1912  Ecomonical Fire Insurance Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    director of Economical Fire Insurance Company 
    Occupation  1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Storekeeper, Hardware 
    Religion  1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Church of England 
    Residence  1921  125 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-32263 
    Died  1922 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I32263  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  Simon Fennell,   b. Abt 1807, Of, Hamilton Township, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Martha,   b. Abt 1807, Of, Hamilton Township, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F7414  Group Sheet

    Family  Alicia Jackson,   b. 16 Jun 1840, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  20 Sep 1864  Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Frederick Fennell,   b. 6 Feb 1865, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1865, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. James Fennel,   b. 1866, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Philip Fennell,   b. 5 Feb 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Alice Ruth Fennell,   b. 1868, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Martha Mabel Fennell,   b. Jul 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Bessie Fennel,   b. 1871, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Elizabeth C. Fennell,   b. 24 Mar 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Elizabeth A. Fennell,   b. 1875, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Evelyn C. Fennell,   b. Jun 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F8415  Group Sheet

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    John Fennel
    John Fennel
    Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co.
    John Fennel
    John Fennel
    Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co.

  • Notes 
    • MR. JOHN FENNELL.

      ONE OF BERLIN'S SUCCESSFUL AND PUBLIC SPIRITED CITIZENS.


      On June 1st, 1863, a young hardware merchant arrived in Berlin from the neighboring town of Stratford. He came well equipped for his life's work. For he knew that success in business life is attained only by a strict adherence to sound principles, by industry and by unvarying attention. These were resolutions well taken and their fruit is seen today in the large wholesale and retail business of John Fennell & Son, for it is the gentleman at the head of this firm to whom reference is made. Mr. Fennell was born in Cobourg in 1837 and by a happy coincidence his natal day this year falls on the last day of the Old Boys' Re-union, Aug. 8th. He was educated at Victoria College Cobourg and chose a business career. His connection with Berlin had been a long and honorable one. When he came here Berlin had a population of about 2700 and Waterloo about 1700. The latter was however the better business place. Berlin however kept growing and a few years later was incorporated as a town. Naturally a man of Mr. Fennell's ability and energy has been called upon to fill positions of public trust. This he always did with credit to himself and general satisfaction to the public. For 24 years he was a member of the Public School Board and chairman for several years. During this period the Central School increased from 8 to 12 rooms and the four ward schools were completed.

      Mr. Fennell took a keen interest in politics and recalls the fierce battle of 1878 when the National Policy shot its roots so deeply into Canadian soil that they have never since been eradicated. "He was President of the Liberal-Conservative Association of North Waterloo at that time. To quote his own -words, it was a "red hot battle fought with honest weapons by both sides. The tricks of today were not even thought of". The result was a triumph, for the Conservative party. Though never seeking public honors, Mr. Fennell was upon a largely signed requisition prevailed upon to contest the mayoralty in 1885. He had given excellent service in the Town Council for years and was a "progressive." Unfortunately for his candidature, a long line of English speaking mayors had occupied the chief magistrate's office, and in a three cornered contest he was defeated, the feeling being that a German should be honored. The following year the Berlin Board of Trade was incorporated. He became its first President and prepared the by-laws as they stand today. He was also one of the five applicants for a charter for the Berlin-Preston Street Railway now in successful operation. Brought up in the Anglican Communion, Mr. Fennell's activities have also extended to church affairs He has been church warden of St. John's church for many years and has been elected by this congregation as their representative to the Synod of the Diocese of Huron for some 35 years past. In this capacity he has assisted in the election of three Bishops, viz.: The late Bishops Helmuth and Baldwin and the present incumbent, Bishop Williams. Kindred organizations have, too, benefitted by his sympathy and aid. Mr. Fennell's business career is well known to all. After his coming to Berlin the hardware trade was largely transferred from Waterloo to Berlin. Associated with him is his son Jas. P., who has acted as buyer for many years and who assumes a large portion of the burden of the business. The firm import heavily from England, Germany, and the United States, although Canadian manufacturers are supplying more and more of the trade, especially in certain staple lines. When the Economical Mutual Fire Ins. Co. was organized in 1872, Mr. Fennell was one of the charter members. He has been on the Board of Directors ever since and for the last four years has been president. He is also a Justice of the Peace.1a

      1aBerlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir

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      John Fennell
      , Hardware King Street - One of the most successful business men in the town of Berlin to-day is Mr. John Fennell, hardware merchant, whose establishment is located on King Street. The premises occupied are 25x100 feet in dimensions and three stories in height; also three warehouses in rear covering 28x100 feet and one story in height, for the storage of heavy iron, nails, woodenware, plaster of Paris, etc.; and another warehouse near the railroad station for the storage of oils; also a coal yard, located near the station. The business was established in 1863 by Mr. Fennell, and since that time the trade has been rapidly and constantly growing. In his extensive warehouse he carries a large stock of hardware, shelf-hardware, heavy irons, carriage hardware, cutlery, etc. He gives employment to eight competent assistants, but personally supervises his entire business. He also uses five teams, the trade extending through the town and extensive sections of the surrounding country. Mr. Fennell was born in Cobourg, Ontario on the 8th of August, 1837. After passing through the public schools of the district he went to Victoria College, and thereafter learned the hardware business. Mr. Fennell, on the formation of the Berlin Board of Trade, last May, was elected President, and in honouring Mr. Fennell the members honoured themselves and made a most wise choice, for he has been educated in the best of all schools for such a position as he occupies on the Board, namely, practical business, in which he has achieved such unqualified success. He has also held positions of honor and trust in the Council and School Board, and has been for a number of years President of the Liberal-Conservative Association of the North Riding of Waterloo. He is a gentleman of sterling worth.2a

      2aIndustries of Canada Historical and Commercial Sketches Hamilton and Environs 1886

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      John Fennell founded a retail and wholesale hardware enterprise here in 1863, and leased quarters in the Victoria block from J. A. Mackie. Mr. Fennell was one of the first coal merchants in the town. He admitted his son James P. to a partnership and they were for many years lessees of premises in the Royal Bank block. Mr. Fennell, Sr., was the first President of the Board of Trade and for thirty years President of the Economical. In 1923, after his death, the assets and good will of their business were sold by James P. Fennell to C. N. Weber and his father, Karl Weber. The new owners bought the former Randall & Roos block at 66 S. Queen Street and incorporated the Weber Hardware Company Ltd. As retailers and wholesalers, the company specializes in mill supplies, builders' hardware, mechanics' tools, blacksmith and garage supplies, paints, electrical lines, and sporting goods. Hardware figures largely in living, farming, and manufacturing. It is a far cry from the articles of wood and plain materials used by our grandfathers to the present day. In 1863, Mr. Fennell imported most of his hardware. Afterward some lines were made in Canada. In the multiplicity of changes that have taken place in the last seventy-five years, science and technology have put everything on a technical plane, assuring not only improvement but uniformity of manufacture. The Weber Hardware Company has kept pace with that progress. The territory covered by their travellers has a radius of 150 miles, whilst by means of a large catalogue they serve customers from Vancouver to Halifax.3a

      3a
      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg 157

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 28 Sep 1865.
      Frederick Fennell died 21 Sep 1865 in Berlin, son of John, 15 days.

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 17 Dec 1891.
      Dec 12, 1891 Elisabeth Jackson, mother-in-law of John Fennell in Berlin, died in Georgetown at age of 85 years & 5 months.

    3. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-5 Page 10.

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

    5. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 51.

    6. [S35] Vit - ON, Perth - Marriage Register of Perth County 1858-1869.
      John Fennell b. Hamilton Township res: Berlin Age: 26 born abt 1838 father: Simon mother: Martha married Alicia Age:: 24 born abt 1840 b. Stratford Spouse res: Stratford father: William mother: Elizabeth married 20 Sep 1864 county: Perth

    7. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 34 Page 2.

    8. [S2240] Kitchener 1921 Sub Dist. 28, Sub District 28 Page 1.

    9. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 2 Page 32.

    10. [S1668] Directory - ON, Waterloo - 1867 - Gazetteer and directory of the County of Waterloo. 1867, pg 70.

    11. [S1775] Berlin: Celebration of Cityhood.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 8 Aug 1837 - Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - John Fennell - Coal, Iron, and Hardware Merchant - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1864 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Sep 1864 - Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - John Fennell Iron Monger, oils, saws,cutlery, plated ware, paint, glass, etc. - 1867 - Kiddomhill, Eskdalemuir, , Dumfries, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - Grantee - 29 Jun 1887 - 46 Ahrens St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hardware Merchant - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hardware Merchant - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 125 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployer - director of Economical Fire Insurance Company - 1912 - Ecomonical Fire Insurance Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Storekeeper, Hardware - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of England - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 125 Queen St. N., 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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