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Jacob Baetz 

Jacob Baetz

Male 1852 - 1920

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  • Birth  23 Dec 1852  near, Niederaula, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Building  264 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Furniture Manufacturing Factory 
    Business  Anthes-Baetz Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration  1871  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation  1877  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    mason 
    Residence  1877  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Historic Building  1878  133 Church Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Original owner Jacob Baetz, 1 1/2 story brick with siding. In 1978 it was listed as very good condition with a much altered entrance.
    Naturalization  1878  [1
    Elected Office  1890  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1890-94, 1896-97
    Employer  Anthes Furniture Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturing 
    Died  1920 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Name  Jakob Baetz  [3
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-37952P 
    Buried  Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I37952  Generations
    Last Modified  27 Nov 2016 

    Father  Heinrich Baetz,   b. Abt 1828, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Maria Christina,   b. 3 Jul 1828, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1877, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F21191  Group Sheet

    Family  Catherine Hoelscher,   b. 15 Mar 1857, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940 
    Married  18 Oct 1877  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Anna H. Baetz,   b. 3 Dec 1878, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Henry Baetz,   b. 30 Jan 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Charles Joseph Baetz,   b. 13 Aug 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961
     4. Jacob H. Baetz,   b. 25 Nov 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1981
     5. Walter E. Baetz,   b. 28 Mar 1887, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1984
     6. Clara C. Baetz,   b. 5 Jun 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Private Frederick Alfred Baetz,   b. 29 Sep 1893, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Mary Louise Baetz,   b. 23 Feb 1897, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F9946  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Jacob Baetz
    Jacob Baetz
    Jacob Baetz
    Jacob Baetz
    Kitchener Public Library

  • Notes 
    • Jacob Baetz, born near Niederaulau, Germany, came to Canada in 1868 and had a family of nine children. He worked for Casper Braun as a stonemason, bricklayer, and plasterer; trades he had learned from his father. He became a building contractor and built the 1907 Berlin market building, Victoria Public School, Trinity, St. Andrew's and St. Matthew's churches, and many other buildings.

      With R. Boehmer, he founded and operated the Berlin Brick Company on King Street East and in 1907 became owner of the Pommer-Cowan Furniture Company, later Baetz Furniture Limited. This factory was destroyed by fire in 1910 and he then built the Baetz factory still in use in 1973. Baetz was treasurer of St. Matthew's Church for many years from the time the church was built. During the 1890s he was a town councillor and was chairman of the Board of Works when the first steam road roller was purchased.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Jacob Baetz, Sr., came to Berlin in 1868 and learned the mason's trade. Afterward he became a building contractor, beginning with homes and then some of the largest blocks and churches of his day. Mr. Baetz was active for nearly fifty years. During that period, he was for some years a business associate of John S. Anthes in the Anthes Furniture Company. In 1908 Mr. Baetz erected a factory at 264 Victoria Street for his sons Jacob H. and Charles J., in which they founded the Baetz Furniture Company. In 1916, the brothers established also the Baetz Specialty Company to make floor and table lamps. Two years later they purchased an interest in the Anthes Furniture Company (now the Anthes-Baetz Co.) at 242 Breithaupt Street, makers of high-grade furniture. Mr. J. H. Baetz is Managing Director of the three companies, and Mr. C. J. Baetz, Vice-President of the three companies.2a

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

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      CHARLES JOSEPH BAETZ - In the business world of Ontario, the name of Baetz stands for furniture of the finest construction and the most artistic designs to be found in the market. Not only in quality, but also in quantity, the firms under the control of the Baetz Brothers rank among the very finest in Canada.

      Many years ago, as a young man, Jacob Baetz left his home in Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany, to make a place for himself in the new and rapidly developing country across the waters. He located in what was then the town of Berlin, now Kitchener, and after working for a time as a contractor and builder, first identified the name of Baetz with the manufacture of furniture.

      For about sixteen years, he was associated as a partner with John S. Anthes. In 1900, he severed his connection with the firm, and returned to his former occupation as a contractor. In the meantime, he had married and his sons, Charles Joseph and Jacob H., were coming to manhood. Educated in the public schools of Kitchener and the Collegiate Institute, they spent the first years of their business life acquiring experience as employees of various large concerns. Since 1908, they have devoted themselves to the development of the two large concerns which bear their name. The Baetz Brothers Furniture Company, founded in 1908, has been incorporated under that name since 1916, , with Jacob H. Baetz, as vice-president, general manager and director of the company. He is also treasurer of the firm of Anthes-Baetz Furniture Company, Ltd., and a member of the firm Baetz Brothers Specialty Company, manufacturers of elec-tric lamps and shades, which they founded in 1919. This latest addition to the business activities of the Baetz Brothers has had a most successful career, Charles J. Baetz being its president, and Jacob H. Baetz serving in the capacity of vice-president and manager. Its quarters occupy 12,000 square feet of floor space, and its output of lamps and silk shades is to be found in all parts of Canada.

      Charles Joseph Baetz devotes the greater part of his time and attention to the affairs of the Anthes-Baetz Furniture Company, Limited. After he left school, Mr. Baetz had a very thorough training in the cabinet trade, serving an apprenticeship, and later working as journeyman for some of the large concerns of Canada and Detroit, Michigan. The factory which is under his immediate supervision and direction is a modern three-story build-ing, covering 45,000 square feet of floor space, and manufactures dining room and bedroom furniture, while the firm of Baetz Brothers produces living room, hall, and upholstered furniture.

      Though their time might be fully occupied by personal affairs, both brothers are active in the life of their city. Charles Joseph Baetz is a member of the City Council and chairman of their finance committee. Jacob H. Baetz is on the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Christian Association, and is a member of the advisory board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vo-cational School. He also has given a long term of service to the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Board. He is actively interested in Masonic af-fairs, holding his membership in the Twin City Lodge, No. 509, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Kitchener Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He belongs to the Grand River Country Club, while his brother, Charles Joseph Baetz, is a member of the Lancaster Club.

      Charles Joseph Baetz was married, in 1914, to Dorothy Meinke, of Kitchener, and they are the parents of one son, Karl William, who was born on November 25, 1919. Jacob H. Baetz married Vera Bowman, of Kitchener, on April 22, 1914. To them have-been, born one son and one daughter, Mary Carolyn and John David.3a

      3aThe Province of Ontario: a history, 1615-1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-10 Page 11.

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11025 (1877), Jacob Baetz-Catherine Hólscher..
      Jacob Baetz, mason of Berlin, Birth Place: Kurhesson Prussia Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1853 Father Name: Henry Baetz Mother Name: Maria Baetz Spouse Name: Catherine Hólscher, residence Berlin, Spouse's Age: 20 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857 Spouse Birth Place: Wilmot Township Spouse Father Name: Carl Hólscher Spouse Mother Name: Barbara Holscher Marriage Date: 18 Oct 1877 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Preston

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 1 Nov 1877.
      18 Oct 1877 By Pastor Wurster in Preston, Jakob Baetz was married to Catharine Hoelscher, both of Berlin.

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

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

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 23 Dec 1852 - near, Niederaula, , Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuilding - Furniture Manufacturing Factory - - 264 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1871 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - mason - 1877 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1877 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Oct 1877 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1878 - 133 Church Street, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1890 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturing - 1901 - 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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