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Louis Grill
Male 1861 - 1942


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  • Birth  6 Jun 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1893  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    tinsmith 
    Occupation  1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Hardware 
    Elected Office  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Name  Louis Grill 
    Occupation  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Retail, Hardware 
    Religion  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-82268 
    Died  1942  [4
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I82268  Generations
    Last Modified  13 Apr 2017 

    Father  Charles Grill,   b. 29 Mar 1822, , Baden, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1894 
    Mother  Anna Stein,   b. 21 Jul 1828, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1892 
    Married  15 Jan 1852  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7284  Group Sheet

    Family  Selina Martha Snider,   b. Sep 1869, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1945 
    Married  21 Jun 1893  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Gunner Charles Norman "Norman" Grill,   b. 14 Jun 1894, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1918, near, Bl├ęcourt, , Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Helen May Grill,   b. 20 May 1899, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1993, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Beatrice Jennie Grill,   b. 3 Jun 1907, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1988
    Family ID  F21454  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • After learning the tinsmithing at Preston, Louis Grill went to Guelph and there worked at the trade for several years. In 1896 he came to Hespeler, and on the site of the Johnston Blacksmith Shop, erected the fine building Leroy Wettlaufer now owns. In this building he successfully conducted the hardware business and a tinshop in connection until he died.

      He was a member of New Hope Masonic and Hespeler Oddfellows Lodges and in religion, a Lutheran. He served on the Town Council for three years, 1911-13, with credit to himself. He was a useful member. We were for years next door neighbors, and I frequently dropped into his store. Usually some little story was told by one or the other or some joke.

      One morning during the winter the temperature dropped to about Zero, and when I entered the store Lou. remarked that it was a cold morning; down tn Zero, I told him I thought he had better bring in the thermometer which hung outside before it got any colder.

      It happened that morning was just the start and for three or four mornings it got colder and colder until it struck about forty below; I dropped in that morning and found Louis with his collar turned up fixing away at the fire in his stove. He mentioned that this was a corker and I started right in abusing him for not having brought the thermometer in when I told him four days ago.

      Ever after that, when it happened to be either very cold or very hot, Louie, with a twinkle in his eye used to say "I'll have to bring the thermometer in before it gets worse.''

      The hundreds that knew him will tell you there never was a finer, more decent man in Hespeler than Louis Grill.1a

      1aLe Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954

  • Sources 
    1. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg 16.

    2. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 3.

    3. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 4.

    4. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      Grill/ Louis Grill/ 1861-1942/ Selina M. Snider/ his beloved wife/ 1869-1945 (I.O.O.F. insignia)

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 6 Jun 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - tinsmith - 1893 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Jun 1893 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hardware - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Retail, Hardware - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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