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Charles August Ahrens 

Charles August Ahrens

Male 1856 - 1937

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  • Birth  28 Aug 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Christened  1 Jan 1860  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Harnessmaker 
    Religion  1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    New Church 
    Occupation  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Slipper Maker 
    Religion  1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence  1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence of C. A. Ahrens Jr. 1897
    Residence of C. A. Ahrens Jr. 1897
    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  [1
    Manufacturer 
    Chas. A. Ahrens & Co's Shoe and Slipper Manufactory
    Chas. A. Ahrens & Co's Shoe and Slipper Manufactory
    from Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Public Service  1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Council of the Baord of Trade 
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Residence  1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Probably 118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Historic Building  1910  5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    factory - brick - 3 story 
    • The brick and beam building with large windows and a working historic elevator was built by Charles Ahrens in 1910 to house the Ahrens Shoe Co.

      In the 1970s, it became a Greb factory outlet shoe store and from 1979 to 1999, it was the home of the Cline Shirt Co., a shirt manufacturer.
    Occupation  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Manufacturer, Shoes 
    Berlin-Ahrens-CharlesA.Ahrens-SlippersAdvert-1912.JPG
    Berlin-Ahrens-CharlesA.Ahrens-SlippersAdvert-1912.JPG
    Religion  1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence  1918  118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence  1937  276 Louisa St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  14 Sep 1937  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region  Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Name  C. A. Ahrens 
    Name  Carl August Ahrens 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-38738 
    Buried  Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I38738  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Father  Charles Andrew Ahrens,   b. 11 Jul 1827, Hohen-Wesdt, Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1903, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Charlotte Henrietta Roth,   b. CALC 29 Jun 1831, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1896, Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Apr 1854  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F14767  Group Sheet

    Family  Laura Emma Hirschy,   b. 20 Dec 1859, , , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Frederick Hirschy Ahrens,   b. 27 Jun 1883, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1975, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Charlotte Mary Lottie" Ahrens,   b. 12 Jan 1885, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Florence Louisa Ahrens,   b. 25 Feb 1891, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F10133  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Charles August Ahrens
    Charles August Ahrens
    image from Mark Lasso 2013

  • Notes 
    • Charles August Ahrens, born in Port Elgin, Ontario, the second oldest of eleven children, served three years apprenticeship at harness making with Henry Roth in Berlin, Ontario. He then went to Iowa and specialized in making fancy harness for harness racing. While in Berlin on his honeymoon in 1882, he was persuaded by his father to join him in shoe manufacturing. A factory, specializing in men's work boots, was built at 43 Queen Street South and later a new factory was erected on Linden Street where "Chums" shoes for children were manufactured and sold nationally. Ahrens was very highly respected in his home community as a businessman and leading citizen.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-11 Page 12.

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 69.

    3. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 5.

    4. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Carl August b. 28 Aug 1856, bapt. 1 Jan 1860 c/o Charles A. & Henriette Ahrens

    5. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 25 1911 Pg. 11.

    6. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 25.

    7. [S875] Directory - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1918 - Cairnes Official Directory of the City of Kitchener.

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 28 Aug 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1 Jan 1860 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Harnessmaker - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Church - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Slipper Maker - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 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 - Manufacturer - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Council of the Baord of Trade - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - factory - brick - 3 story - 1910 - 5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Shoes - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1918 - 118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1937 - 276 Louisa St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1937 - 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 - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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