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Mayor William Abraham Kribs 

Mayor William Abraham Kribs[1]

Male 1859 - 1943

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  • Prefix  Mayor 
    Birth  27 Feb 1859  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Business  4860 Townline Rd, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    W. A. Kribs Flour Mill 
    W. A. Kribs Flour Mill in 1901
    W. A. Kribs Flour Mill in 1901
    from Hespeler, Canada: a souvenir of the factory town
    Religion  1861  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Christian 
    Elected Office  1886  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1888  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Elected Office  1895  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Residence  1900  151 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Lumber Merchant 
    Elected Office  1908  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Occupation  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Manufacturer, Saw Mill 
    Religion  1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Presbyterian 
    Elected Office  1914  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor of Hespeler 
    Name  W. A. Kribs 
    Eby ID Number  00087-5106.8 
    Died  27 Oct 1943  [4
    Buried  New Hope Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I9930  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Lewis Lorenzo Kribs,   b. 1 Dec 1829, Eramosa Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1908, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Family ID  F2872  Group Sheet

    Family  Rhoda Fidilla Duffield,   b. 18 Jul 1863, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1939 
    Children 
     1. Gordon Kribs,   b. 9 Feb 1884, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Elizabeth Viola Kribs,   b. 16 Jan 1886, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1978
     3. Stella Kribs,   b. 21 Aug 1887, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Robert Lloyd Kribs,   b. 16 Jun 1889, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Arthur Kribs,   b. 17 Apr 1893, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Brtie (?) Kribs,   b. Sep 1901, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F21712  Group Sheet

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    William Abraham Kribs
    William Abraham Kribs

  • Notes 
    • William Abram Kribs was born in Hespeler on February 27, 1859 the son of Lewis Kribs and Elizabeth Pannabaker. He took over the operation of the Holm flour mills, located two miles north of Hespeler, from his father in 1899 and managed them until 1907. Continuing his father's lumber and sawmill business, he built a new plant on Avenue Road in Hespeler, now Guelph Ave., in 1902. As a general contractor, Mr. Kribs was responsible for the construction of the new Kress Hotel in Preston and the C. Turnbull & Co. Textile mill in Galt. His lumber business was continued until 1914 supplying material for local factories. During World War I Mr. Kribs' company designed special machinery for the manufacture of shell boxes. In 1917 the lumber business was discontinued and machinery was installed for the manufacture of warehouse trucks and, a short time later, for the manufacture of "Simplicity" washing machines. The business was incorporated under the name W. A. Kribs Company Limited in 1919. Mr. Kribs retired from the business in 1925. In addition to his business interests, Mr. Kribs was a member of the Hespeler Public Library Board for eighteen years and served as the warden of Waterloo County in 1895. On March 19, 1898, he was elected to the Provincial Legislature representing Waterloo South. He won re-election on May 29, 1902 and remained in the House until 1905. He also served on Hespeler council in 1886 and 1887, as Hespeler's reeve from 1888 to 1896 and as Hespeler's mayor in 1914 and 1915. Mr. Kribs also acted as sheriff of Waterloo County from 1926 to 1934. He died in Hespeler on October 27, 1943 and is buried in New Hope Cemetery. Kribs St. perpetuates the memory of both Mr. Kribs and his father Lewis Kribs.1a

      1aCambridge Mosaic, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge

  • 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. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 21.

    3. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 8.

    4. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      William Abram Kribs/ Feb 27 1859-Oct 27 1943

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

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Feb 1859 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - W. A. Kribs Flour Mill - - 4860 Townline Rd, 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 - councillor of Hespeler - 1886 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1888 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1895 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - 151 Guelph Ave., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Lumber Merchant - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1908 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Saw Mill - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor of Hespeler - 1914 - 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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