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Lewis Lorenzo Kribs 

Lewis Lorenzo Kribs[1, 2, 3]

Male 1829 - 1908

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  • Birth  1 Dec 1829  Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender  Male 
    Historic Building  Abt 1850  4860 Townline Rd, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 3 story stone mill first begun as a sawmill in 1850 by Peter Holm, later Lewis Kribs became owner and ran as a flour and grist mill.
    Residence  1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Carpenter 
    Religion  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Christian 
    Elected Office  1880  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1883  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Name  Louis Kribs 
    Name  Ludwig Kribs 
    Occupation  1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Farmer 
    Religion  1891  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Presbyterian 
    Retired  1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number  00087-5106.1 
    Died  11 Mar 1908  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Cause: senility & indigestion (about 1 week) 
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID  I9922  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Aaron Kribs,   b. CALC 1 Nov 1803, of, Sand Beach, , Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1893, Sand Beach, Huron, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F21602  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Pannabaker,   b. 26 Jan 1832, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1906, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 May 1852  Trinity Anglican Church, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Sarah Ann Kribs,   b. 7 Apr 1853, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1924, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Henry Aaron Kribs,   b. 23 Apr 1855, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Louis P. Kribs,   b. 27 Feb 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1898, Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mayor William Abraham Kribs,   b. 27 Feb 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1943
     5. George Alexander Kribs,   b. 17 Feb 1861, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lizzie R. Kribs,   b. 13 Aug 1863, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1910, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Margaret M. Kribs,   b. 7 Jul 1865, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1939, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Ella "Ellie" Kribs,   b. 31 Oct 1867, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Jennie Kribs,   b. 23 Jun 1869, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Molly Kribs,   b. 4 Oct 1871, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Florence Almira Kribs,   b. CALC 17 Oct 1873, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1878, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2872  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Florence Almira Kribs,   b. 1873,   d. 7 Feb 1878, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Florence Almina Kribs,   b. CALC 7 Dec 1873,   d. 7 Feb 1878, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F255325  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Lewis Kribs in 1901
    Lewis Kribs in 1901
    image from 1901 Hespeler Souvenir

  • Notes 
    • Died In Hespeler, on Wednesday, March 11th, 1908, at 11.30 o'clock a.m., Lewis L. Kribs, In his 79th year. Funeral Will take place from his late residence, Cooper St., Hespeler, where services will be held, on Friday, March 13th, at 2 o'clock p.m., leaving residence at 2.30, to the Hespeler Cemetery for interment. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Hespeler, March 11th, '081a

      1aFuneral Card of Lewis L. Kribs

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      Lewis Kribs was born in Eramosa Township on December 1, 1829, the son of Aaron Kribs. A carpenter by trade, Mr. Kribs soon developed a solid reputation as a skilled builder of public buildings and bridges. It was reported that all the major buildings in Hespeler were the product of his master mind as a contractor. Knox's Presbyterian Church in Galt was built under his supervision and he assisted in the construction of the Grand Trunk Railway bridge in Hespeler in 1860. In about 1864 Mr. Kribs went into the sawmill business, operating it for about eighteen years before passing it to his son William A. Kribs in about 1882 and turning his talents to flour milling. Lewis Kribs operated the Holm flour mills, located two miles north of Hespeler, for seventeen years. Here he introduced the roller system of milling, enlarged the building and added steam power where before there had been only water power. He retired from business in 1899 leaving the operation of the mill to his son William A. Kribs. Also active in local politics Mr. Kribs acted as Hespeler's first town clerk from 1859 to 1866 and served as the the village tax collector from 1859 to 1865. He served as reeve of Hespeler from 1881 to 1884, as reeve of Waterloo Township and as warden of Waterloo County. Mr Kribs died on March 11, 1908 and is buried in New Hope Cemetery. Kribs St. perpetuates the memory of both Mr. Kribs and his son William A. Kribs.2a

      2aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

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      LEWIS KRIBS, Reeve of the Village of Hespeler, is a native of Eramosa Township, Wellington County, where he was born in 1829. His father, Aaron Kribs, was also a native of Canada, though of German extraction. Mr. Kribs, on arriving at his majority, acquired the trade of a carpenter, and for a considerable period engaged extensively in contracting and building. He at present conducts saw, shingle, and planing mills in Hespeler, and owns as well two fine farms in the vicinity, aggregating 450 acres. His experience as a municipal legislator has been quite extended, embracing a period of membership in the Waterloo Township Council, during a portion of which he occupied the Reeve's Chair, and, since his removal to Hespeler, a term in the Reeveship of that village. Mr. Kribs is a Conservative in politics, an active and influential man in political campaigns, and holds a high position in the local councils of that party.3a

      3aIllustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsell & Co., Toronto, Ont. 1881

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      Kribs, Lewis, contractor and builder. Born in Eramosa Tp., Wellington County, 1829. Settled here, 1846 Is present Reeve of village.4a

      4aIllustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881 (Village of New Hespeler entries)

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      Lewis Kribs from 1853 worked here by the day as a Carpenter and from 1859 he and Ephraim Panabaker, working together, took contracts for building houses, etc. In 1863 he purchased the Oberholtzer saw mill and moved it to Forbes Street and older people will remember the huge piles of logs that accumulated during the sleighing season on the hill above the mill.

      Being then in a position to do his own sawing and mill work, Mr. Kribs was able to handle much larger jobs and in due course came to be known as one of the leading general contractors in this area. On some of his large jobs he sublet some of the work, Carpentry often to Archie Brydon, Masonry to Christian Pabst.

      Let me now digress; Jacob Hespeler was Reeve for 4 years; John Chapman for five; Lewis Kribs for five; A. W. Brodie for one; George D. Forbes for thirteen, and William McVittie for three and one-half years. Prior to their election to the high office of Chief Magistrate none of these Gentle-men had had any previous Municipal experience here as Councillor.

      This indicates the confidence held by the citizens at these different periods, in the business ability, the Probity, the Integrity of these good men. The high regard in which they were held by their fellow citizens. And I add that during one of his terms of office as our Reeve, Mr. Kribs was also Warden of the County of Waterloo.5a

      5aLe Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 152.

    2. [S2554] aaaNews - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 28 Feb 1878.
      Died 7 Feb 1878 The youngest child of Louis Kribs in Hespeler, a girl, died at the age of 4 years and 2 months

    3. [S1338] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), Obituary of Florence Almira Kribs - Feb 15 1878 pg 3.

    4. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 14.

    5. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 29557 (1908), Lewis Kribs, accessed 24 Jan 2010..
      Lewis Kribs, d. 11 Mar 1908 Hespeler, aged 78y, 4 mos., b. Erasmosa Tp., cause: senility & indigestion (about 1 week)

    6. [S890] Funeral Card - - Waterloo Historical Society - photocopies, "Funeral Card of Lewis L. Kribs," 11 Mar 1908.

    7. [S1837] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1861, Div. 1 Page 8.

    8. [S2208] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1891, Section 1 Page 16.

    9. [S574] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Trinity Anglican.
      Lewis Kribs of Waterloo Tp, married Elizabeth Pannabeker of, Waterloo Tp., 11 May 1852

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1 Dec 1829 - Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - Abt 1850 - 4860 Townline Rd, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 May 1852 - Trinity Anglican Church, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christian - 1861 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1880 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1883 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: senility & indigestion (about 1 week) - 11 Mar 1908 - 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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