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Jacob G. Stroh 

Jacob G. Stroh[1]

Male 1848 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Birth  25 Sep 1848  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Christened  10 Dec 1848  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Name  J. G. Stroh 
    Religion  1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    New Jerusalem 
    Residence  1870  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation  1872  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    tanner 
    Occupation  1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion  1881  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation  1901  Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Tanner 
    Occupation  1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Tanner 
    Religion  1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Swedenborgian 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-43723 
    Died  Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID  I43723  Generations
    Last Modified  29 Apr 2016 

    Father  Henry Stroh,   b. 5 Nov 1818, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1901, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Susannah Gaukel,   b. 18 Sep 1824, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1873, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Sep 1840  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F11403  Group Sheet

    Family  Elisabeth Seiler,   b. 7 May 1846, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  9 Oct 1870  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Ida Dorothea Stroh,   b. 12 Feb 1872,   d. 11 Nov 1880, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ella Louisa Stroh,   b. 20 Feb 1875, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Edward Emanuel Stroh,   b. 16 Jun 1877, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1880, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Edgar Samuel Stroh,   b. 16 Oct 1880, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1881
     5. Edna Lenora Stroh,   b. 23 Mar 1882, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Oliva Lorina Stroh,   b. 27 Jul 1884, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Albertha Luella May Stroh,   b. 19 Nov 1887, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Nathaniel C. Stroh,   b. 8 Feb 1891, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F11402  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Jacob G. Stroh
    Jacob G. Stroh
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • There is in Waterloo Park a valuable Indian relic in the form of an irregularly shaped stone, weighing 1000 to 1500 pounds. On the upper or grinding surface, there are six or more shallow circular depressions or basins, each being eight to fourteen inches in diameter, where the Indians had worn them hollow in grinding their tomahawks and other articles made of stone. This grindstone was brought to Waterloo Park by Jacob Stroh in 1890. It was found at Glennie's Springs, north of Conestogo, where no doubt there existed an Indian village centuries ago.

      There has recently arrived at the Park as a loan from Mr. Stroh, another useful article used by the early Indians of Waterloo County in a village that existed at that time. It is a very large stone of grey granite, about three by six feet in dimension, and weighing approximately a ton and a half. One side of this huge stone is flat, and a part of this upper flat surface was used by the Indians in grinding grain and nuts and pulping food. This surface contains two shallow bowls or circular depressions, each about a foot in diameter, which were used in grinding food. The other half or more of the large flat surface is worn and polished very smoothly and was no doubt used in dressing skins and furs, which were the clothing of the Indians in those early days.

      This latter stone was found on the site of an Indian village at Suraras Springs on the Huron Road, two miles south of Mannheim.

      These relics of an early occupation of Waterloo County have been placed near the old log building in Waterloo Park which was the first schoolhouse in the settlement that became the Town of Waterloo. It was built in 1820.

      A history of the Town of Waterloo and surrounding district must therefore, begin with its occupation by the Indians at some remote period, Indians probably of numerous earlier tribes before the Government granted the 12-mile strip of land along the Grand River to the Six Nation Indians.

      Mr. Jacob Stroh, a naturalist and archaeologist of more than local repute, has devoted many years to a study of the Indians of this district, and has gathered one of the finest collections of Indian remains in Canada. He has located quite a number of their village sites throughout the County, at points not too far from the Grand River, and nearly always near a sparkling spring. It is clearly noticeable that a number of these villages had been fortified, probably as a protection against wild animals, or perhaps against other tribes.

      Some of these ancient Indian villages lie just outside the Waterloo corporation limits, and at least one of them is in the Town itself.
      Mr. Stroh has proved his surmise correct on many occasions by finding accumulations of ashes from their camp fires in spots as yet untouched by the white man's plough, some of these being under the stumps of one time huge trees, hundreds of years old, that have grown over these ash heaps; also, many of his stone implements, pottery and other objects were excavated at these Indian village sites.1a

      1aSixteenth Annual Report of the Waterloo Historical Society, 1928, A Historical Sketch of the Town of Waterloo, Ontario, Clayton W. Wells, L.D.S., D. D. S.

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      INDIAN RELICS COLLECTED BY JACOB GAUKEL STROH
      By Nathaniel Stroh

      During the pioneer days of the 1850's Frederick Gaukel, a congenial tavern keeper, managed a hostelry on the western corner of King and Queen Streets. Frederick and Gaukel Streets were named after him in recognition of his efforts, with those of other villagers, to secure the county seat for Berlin, and also because he donated the land upon which the county court house now stands.

      On their journeys over the Indian trail leading from Detroit through Berlin to Guelph, and then up to the Midland district, tall, handsome, well-built Mohawks would stop at the Gaukel tavern, where, in return for the "Wirt's" hospitality, they would entertain the populace with ceremonial dances. Their appearances were most colourful with plaid, yellow or bright red shawls or blankets which were draped over their shoulders and held in place over the left, with the right hand.

      Born and brought up about 500 feet from the main intersection of the village, on Queen Street south, Jacob Gaukel Stroh took full advantage of these periodic visits of the Indians. Being the tavern keeper's grandson, he naturally was not prevented from spending many fascinating evenings watching and listening to these copper coloured folk.

      Young Jacob was so impressed by the transient Indians that he tried his best to find out all about them and how they lived in the past. During his youth he went on many trips with his father into the deep forest and across the small clearings of the early settlers. Not only was it their objective to secure honey from the wild bees, but it was also necessary to secure meat with the rifle and fish with the net. On these trips a careful eye was kept open for odd stones and Indian relics. A lover of nature, he devoted considerable time to becoming acquainted with the flora and fauna of the country, so he had opportunity to note the spots where Indians had had their encampments. These specific areas of campsites were searched and researched many times, and their exact location he carefully guarded as his secrets.

      Throughout his life this naturalist operated a small tannery, and to his leather and fur establishment came the farmers with hides and furs to be tanned. In all cases he would show the various tillers of the soil the types of Indian stones he himself had found, asking them to kindly look out for similar samples while plowing their fields. In return for the pieces found and brought to the tannery, he would offer to tan some small skin or fur, such as the muskrat, mink, and raccoon. Or he might offer a leather tie strap for the horse, and in later years when he discontinued tanning, he paid nominal sums for the farmers' finds.

      This collection of Indian relics was presented by the Stroh Estate to the Waterloo Historical Society in 1957, and will be on display so that all who are interested will be able to study the various pieces.

      Waterloo Historical Society, Annual Volume 1957

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 18 Nov 1880.
      Nov. 15, 1880 Edward Emanuel Stroh, son of Jakob G. Stroh, died in Waterloo at age of 3 years & 5 months.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 190.

    3. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-4 Page 7.

    4. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Jacob Stroh s/o Henry & Susanna Gaukel of Berlin, b. 25 Sep 1848, bapt. 10 Dec 1848, sponsors: Conrad Stroh, parents

    5. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Bridegroom Name: Jacob G. Stroh Age: 22 Res: Berlin Place of Birth: Berlin Names of Parents: Henrich & Sussana Stroh Bride: Name: Lizzie Seiler Age: 24 Res: Berlin Place of Birth: Waterloo Tp. Names of Parents: George & Maria Seiler Witness(S): Name: Henny Stroh Jr. Res: Berlin Name: Amenda Seiler Res: Berlin Oct. 9, 1870

    6. [S302] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1881, Waterloo Village 1881 Div. 1 Page 18.

    7. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 4 Page 35.

    8. [S366] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1911, Div. 42 Page 6.

    9. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Ida Dorothea Stroh Born: 12 Feb 1872 County: Wellington Father: Jacob Stroh Mother: Elizabeth Seiler

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Jacob G Stroh Born: Canada Age: 22 Father: Henry Stroh Mother: Susannah Stroh Born: abt 1848 Spouse: Lizzie Seiler Age: 24 born: Canada Father: George Seiler Mother: Maria Seiler married 9 Oct 1870 married: Waterloo, Berlin

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Sep 1848 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 10 Dec 1848 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Jerusalem - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1870 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tanner - 1872 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1881 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tanner - 1901 - Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tanner - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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