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201 "Glick's Hotel". Operated some years prior to 1854 first by Mr. Glick and later by his widow (grandmother of Abram and Charles). Later still by their mother, Catharine, who afterwards married Andreas Wehrle, father of Charlie Hespeler's wife, Lena. The Hotel was afterwards rented to George Devitt who in the years 1871-73 operated it as "The Devitt House" and in 1874, John Fields was tenant, and the name "The Fields House." Charles Glick ran it as a Temperance House, 1879-81.

Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954 
Glick, Charles (I34908)
202 "Glick's Hotel". Operated some years prior to 1854 first by Mr. Glick and later by his widow (grandmother of Abram and Charles). Later still by their mother, Catharine, who afterwards married Andreas Wehrle, father of Charlie Hespeler's wife, Lena. The Hotel was afterwards rented to George Devitt who in the years 1871-73 operated it as "The Devitt House" and in 1874, John Fields was tenant, and the name "The Fields House." Charles Glick ran it as a Temperance House, 1879-81.

Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954 
Devitt, George (I82308)
203 "Glick's Hotel". Operated some years prior to 1854 first by Mr. Glick and later by his widow (grandmother of Abram and Charles). Later still by their mother, Catharine, who afterwards married Andreas Wehrle, father of Charlie Hespeler's wife, Lena. The Hotel was afterwards rented to George Devitt who in the years 1871-73 operated it as "The Devitt House" and in 1874, John Fields was tenant, and the name "The Fields House." Charles Glick ran it as a Temperance House, 1879-81.

Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954 
Catharina (I34868)
204 "Good.-Silas Sittler Good was born Oct. 24, 1865, at Waterloo, Ont.; died at the High River Hospital, Alta., Nov. 7, 1938, of pneumonia (was sick only a few days); aged 73 y. 14 d. In 1894 he was married to Lucinda Weber. To this union were born 6 children. Three died in infancy. He was converted when about 30 years of age and was a faithful member until death. He came to Alberta in 1900; was a charter member of the Mount View congregation organized in 1901. He was a faithful janitor for 16 years, asking very little for his service. He also donated the land on which the present church building stands. He was one of those unassuming members, but was always at his post. He leaves his beloved wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter (Clayton, Gorden, and Mrs. Joel Reist, with whom he resided at the time of death), and 8 grandchildren, all of Aldersyde, Alta.), 3 sisters and 2 brothers (Mrs. H. Rosenburger, Emma Good, and Jacob Good of Kitchener, Ont.; Mrs. Ezra Shantz of Didsbury, Alta.; and Ira Good of Carstairs, Alta.). A short service in the home was conducted by Bro. H. J. Harder of Didsbury, Alta., and in the church by Bro. Isaac Miller and O. O. Hershberger. Laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery."

GOSPEL HERALD - Vol. XXXI, No. 34 - November 24, 1938 - pp 742, 743:  
Good, Silas Sittler (I10908)
205 "Gord Bradshaw - Cambridge Sports Hall Of Fame". 2022. Cambridge Sports Hall Of Fame. https://cambridgeshf.com/inductee/gord-bradshaw/?fbclid=IwAR0jX-o_olk5fGwRej1-INkzrUh3YuI1X5L2ghd8zH9WlBNDw6B0bwBJP4Y. Bradshaw, Gordon Earl "Gord" (I223252)
206 "Gordon Douglas Lowe was the first Waterloo alumnus to be killed, after his plane crashed into a stone-house near Kingston during a training operation on December 30, 1940. Graduating from Waterloo College in 1937, Lowe had worked as an accounting clerk at Mutual Life Insurance Company in Waterloo until he enlisted in the RCAF on April 20, 1940".

The Cord Weekly 9 Nov 2005 
Lowe, Gordon Douglas (I140271)
207 "GRANDMA TAYLOR" - for by that term she is known in Elmira -- was born at Tower Nook, Arbroath, Scotland, September the 26th 1810, and is therefore in her 93rd year. She remembers the Third George and the coronations of the four succeeding English sovereigns. She came to Canada in 1836 and remembers the Mackenzie and Papineau rebellion. She has 8 children, 36 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Enterprising Elmira 1903


Elmira, April 22 - One of the oldest residents of the county passed away on Sunday, at Elmira, Ont., in the person of Mrs. Agnes Taylor, who had reached the advanced age of 96 years and 6 months, having been born at Tower Neot, Arbroath, Farfarshire, Scotland, on September 26, 1810.

She came to Canada in 1836 with her husband, the late James Taylor, and settled in Quebec City. About two years later she moved with her husband and family to Paisley Block, near Guelph, where they took up farming. Upon their retirement from the farm, she took up her residence in Elmira, where she had since resided. Deceased was active all through life, and her memory remained clear and she would often relate incidents that took place early in the nineteenth century, she having lived under five sovereigns, George III, and IV, William IV, Queen Victoria and King Edward. Her husband saw active service at the Mackenzie rebellion in 37.

She is survived by eight children. They are Mrs. John Smith, Egremont, Ont.; Mrs. Samuel Uttley, Doon, Ont.; William at Selkirk, Man.; John, at Cartwright, Man.; James, at Yorkton, N.W.T.; Mrs. John Christian, Elmira, Ont.; David, in the Northwest; and Mrs. Henry Hayden, Listowel, Ont. Besides these there are 36 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 24th, from her late residence on Mill Street to the Elmira Cemetery.

Chronicle-Telegraph Apr 25 1907 pg 1 
Richards, Agnes (I96799)
208 "HAIGHT, Wilhelmina Magdelena (Minnie) - On Thursday, June 30, 1966, at her home, 20 Younge St. West, Waterloo, Ont. Wilhelmina Magdelena Haight, wife of the late Franklin Haight, in her 93rd year. Funeral private. Memorial service to be announced."

Ottawa Journal July 4, 1966, p28 
Kaatz, Wilhelmina Magdaline "Minnie" (I193587)
209 "Harry the Barber"

Harry Falkenstern

1937 - 2022

"Harry the Barber"

Harry passed away peacefully at his home in Waterloo on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in his 85th year.

Born on June 15, 1937 in Ukraine, Harry came to Canada in 1955. He was a self-employed barber in Waterloo since 1965 and a finishing cabinet maker.

Predeceased by his beloved wife of 54 years, Mary Lou (nee Thomas) in 2015. Dear father and father-in-law of Richard Falkenstern and his wife Karen and Michael Falkenstern and his predeceased wife Elizabeth (2019). Dearly loved Papa to his four grandchildren, Matthew (Mandy), Taylor (Jordan), Joshua (Gabby), and James (who predeceased him in 2021). Lovingly remembered by his great-granddaughters (his "Little Angels") Ava and Zoey, his canine friend Bandit, and dear friend Judy Ebenhoeh. Predeceased by his parents, Emilie (nee Ruppert) in 2005 and Waldemar in 1968, and infant brother Edwin.

Harry was a longtime member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Kitchener. He was an avid hockey and sports enthusiast, supporting the Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Argonauts, the Buffalo Bills, and coaching minor hockey for over 40 years. He was his grandchildren's greatest fan.

The family wishes to thank everyone who provided ongoing care to Harry: PSWs Obie, Brittany, Marta, Nathan, Sarah, Tobie, and Diane, Doctors Arthur Winter, Rachakonda, A. Banarjee, Nurse Practioner Tamara, nurses Courtney, Ashley and Andra, volunteers at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, the staff at K-W Pharmacy, ParaMed nurses, and the staff of Community Care. The Falkenstern family also wishes to especially thank Harry's daughter-in-law Karen for her enduring care and support. Harry's wish to remain at home was made possible because of all of you. Relatives and friends are invited to share memories of Harry during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Mark Ehlebracht officiating. To attend the funeral service, please wear a face mask. For those not able to attend, the funeral service will be live-streamed and a link will be available at the top of Harry's obituary page at erbgood.com A reception in the funeral home's Fireside Room will immediately follow the funeral service. The interment and committal service will be held at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Condolences for the family and memorial donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, the K-W Humane Society, or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario may be arranged by contacting the funeral home at erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.

Obituary of Harry Falkenstern | Erb & Good Family Funeral Home (2023). Available at: https://erbgood.com/tribute/details/15994/Harry-Falkenstern/obituary.html#tribute-start (Accessed: 2 August 2023).

Family Members 
Falkenstern, Harry (I344309)
210 "Harry Warren Hilborn had a long and fruitful career in university Spanish teaching and in research in Spanish literature. For his place in Spanish studies and teaching in Canada, it is fitting to pay tribute to him as the first Canadian-trained hispanist and a greatly respected and beloved member of the profession. He was educated at Galt Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, with a B.A. (Honours) in Modern Languages (1923), M.A. (1925, and the first Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature to be conferred by that University (1935). There he received his training in the methods of literary history and research under Toronto's Professor Milton A. Buchanan and he subsequently broke new ground in research on the dramatic works of Calderon de la Barca. Harry began his teaching career at the University of Toronto in 1923, then joined the faculty of Acadia University as Associate Professor of Romance Languages. From 1927 to 1950 he had a distinguished career at Acadia, becoming Professor in 1941 and Head of the Department of Romance languages in 1949. In 1950 he was appointed to the faculty of Queen's University as Professor of Spanish and Italian and Head of the Department, in which capacity he served with distinction until his retirement in 1966. He continued to contribute to the work of the Department following his retirement by teaching for four more years and became Professor Emeritus in 1970. In 1961 he was honoured by Acadia University, which conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa. Dr. Hilborn was the author of two books, A Chronology of the plays of D. Pedro Caleron de la Barca (1938), and The Modern Mexican Essay (1965), an annotated translation from the Spanish, and was a contributor to a third volume, Calderon de la Barca studies 1951-69 (1971). He was the author of some dozen articles on Spain,Spanish Golden Age Drama, and the study and teaching of Spanish. Dr. Hilborn was an active member of a number of professional associations and held office in several, including Chairman of the Comediantes Group of the Modern Language Association of America, Chairman of the Spanish Sub-section of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Assoc. and subsequently Vice-President and President of the Association. Professor Hilborn taught classes for 47 consecutive years during his career in Toronto, Wolfville, Kingston and Bermuda. He is remembered by his students and colleagues for his personal touch, his interest in his students, his approachability, his fairness, his lack of arrogance and complete lack of malice, either personal or academic, ... and his good humour. "

Obituary written by Queen's University. 
Hilborn, Harry W. (I92008)
211 "He and his brother, Henry, conducted a carriage shop in Tavistock, for a number of years. They dissolved the partnership, George going to Milton, ND. USA, and Henry to Sault Ste. Marie. George had a family of six children."

A History of the Diebel Family, 1736-1936, Hanover Post Press 1936


Marriage--Diebel-Kaufmann-- On January 23 rd, by Rev. F. (Veb ?) George Diebel to Katherine Kaufmann. Both of Tavistock.

The Sentinel Review, Woodstock, ON. Feb 07, 1879 
Diebel, George (I125965)
212 "He conducted a general store at Neustadt for a number of years. In 1926 he sold his business to his brother Alfred Derbecker, and went to Kitchener. They have three children." Derbecker, Conrad (I113748)
213 "He is a service manager at Cluett Peabody, Kitchener."

Diebel family history 1936


Derbecker, Wilson G. ---On Monday, June 17, 1985, at Scott Pavilion of the K-W Hospital, after a lengthy illness, Wilson George Derbecker, in his 80th year, of 45 Caroline St. N. Waterloo. Dear husband of the former Olive Wettlaufer; loving father of Barbara Ann and her husband Stan Otterbein of New Hamburg and Linda Plummer of Waterloo; brother of Florence and her husband, Rev. William Brown of Walkerton; grandfather of Bradley and Douglas Otterbein, Karen Haffner, Brenda and Lorrie Plummer and Shelley McGuire and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother, Stan and his parents, Conrad Derbecker and the former Ida Helwig. Mr. Derbecker was employed at Cluett Peabody and Co. Ltd,; farmed in Dover Twp., and owned and operated general stores in St. Jacobs and Kirkton, until his retirement. Mr. Derbecker was active in church work during his lifetime and was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He was also formerly a member of the St. Jacobs Lion's Club. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 1985, in the Ratz-Bechtel Chapel conducted by Rev. Luther Eberhart.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record 18 Jun 1985 
Derbecker, Wilson George (I164274)
214 "He is in the Cravat Dept, Cluett & Peabody, Kitchener."

Dieble Family History 1936 
Derbecker, Stanley (I180114)
215 "He played centre forward on the Ayr hockey team and half-back on the Ayr football team. He, also, played hockey for Waterloo and Petrolia for several years. Robson, Thomas "Packy" (I115471)
216 "He served his time in the tanning business and afterwards carried on the business in Waterlford, C. W. and in 1847 sold out and mvoed to Oxford, Ancaster, St. Jacobs, Howkbit and Waterloo, where he now lived as an insurance agent. Religion Universalist.

Memorials: being a genealogical, biographical and historical account of the name of Mudge in America from 1638-1868 
Mudge, Benjamin Haviland (I291039)
217 "He was married to Emma Schram by the Rev. George Pust of the New Hamburg Baptist Church. He conducted a grocery store in Kitchener for a number of years, and is now a traveller for a wholesale house."

A History of the Diebel Family, 1736-1936, Hanover Post Press 1936


At the K-W Hospital, on Tuesday, May 14 1974, after a lengthy illness, Wilson George Helwig, of 67 Wilhelm St. age 88 years, born in Neustadt, a son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Adam Helwig, a resident of the Twin Cities for more than 60 years, and a member of Highland Baptist Church. Mr Helwig represented national Grocers in the community for 33 years, he retired in 1950; husband of Joie (MacKay) Woolway; father of Grace (Mrs. Jules N. Zeller) of Waterloo and Robert MacKay of Scarborough; brother of Herbert Helwig of Acton; grandfather of Julie (Mrs. William Jessop) of waterloo; great-grandfather of Mark Jessop; predeceased by his first wife the former Emma Schram in 1945 and by three brothers and twp sisters. Friends may call at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King St. W. Kitchener. Funeral and committal service in the chapel Thursday at 2pm. with Rev. Arthur G. Mc Dowel officiating. Interment in Woodland Cemetery.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record 15 May 1974 
Helwig, Wilson George (I182582)
218 "HEIMPEL, Orville John 1930 - 2010 Passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at Forest Heights Long Term Care, in his 80th year.

Beloved husband of Rita for over 58 years; loved father of Larry (Jo), Jean (Wayne Smith), Marjorie (Lee Fitzpatrick), Leonard (Brenda) and the late Jody (2006) (Steve Glofcheskie); grandfather of Duane (Amy), Cory, Crystal (Joe), Tim, Marc (Tiffany), Alana, Derek, Buckley, Shawn, Kelsey, Patrick, Jennifer and Amanda (Curtis); cherished great-grandfather of Audrey, Madilyn and Summer. Brother of Annie Bowman, Vera Schlueter, Jean Kurt (Cliff), and Verna Wagner (Bill).

Predeceased by his parents John and Martha Heimpel; sisters Alice Service (Alex) and Mabel Bruder (John); and brothers-in-law Walter Bowman and Albert Schlueter.

Orville was a long time member of St. Agatha RC Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister for over 40 years.

He was employed by Uniroyal for 26 years and for the Waterloo District Catholic School Board for 17 years.

Orville was also a long time member of the Greenwood Rod and Gun Club, a member of the Waterloo Knights of Columbus since 2002 and a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 530, Waterloo.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Orville with his family at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home , 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday (June 16) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 8:45 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Agatha RC Church, with Rev. Charles Fedy C.R. as Celebrant.

A reception will follow in the church hall.

Condolences for the family and donations to the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre or a charity of choice may be arranged through the funeral home, or 519-745-8445.

A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Forest Heights Long Term Care for all their care and support."

"Obituary Of Orville Heimpel | Erb & Good Funeral Home". 2023. Erbgood.Com. https://erbgood.com/tribute/details/11498/Orville-Heimpel/obituary.html. 
Heimpel, Orville John (I55130)
219 "Henry Waterman, a highly-respected resident of New Dundee, died suddenly early this morning at his home on Main St., at the age of 76 years. Mr. Waterman was a bricklayer by trade and was active in community affairs. He was caretaker of the New Dundee Union Cemetery for a number of years.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Waterman, he was born in Wakarusa, Ind.Jan. 7, 1871. In 1888 he married Susannah Cassel. In 1899, the family moved to Canada and settled in Wilmot Tp. three miles west of New Dundee, later moving to New Dundee. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church.

His wife died in 1935, and in 1936 Mr. Waterman married Jessie Gofton Bingman who survives with one son, Clifford, Galt; three daughters, Mrs.Albert (Cleo) Egerdee, New Dundee; Mrs. George (Hattie) Lonsbury, Preston; Mrs. Clayton (Idella) Palmerton, Galt; three stepsons, Lauwrence Bingaman, New Hamburg, Lyle, New Dundee, and Laverne, Kitchener; one sister, Mrs. Myron Cochrane, Bangor, Mich. and nine grandchildren. One daughter, Bessie, died in 1931 and one step daughter, Edna, in 1944...."

KW Record obit. of Oct. 30, 1947 
Waterman, Henry (I33817)
220 "Herbert Bergey, 77, of New Hamburg, died Sunday at KW Hospital following a brief illness.

Born July 9, 1887 at New Dundee, he was a s/o the late Mr./Mrs. David Bergey and had farmed in the New Hamburg district since 1921. He retired 10 years ago. He was a member of Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church, the church choir and the board of trustees. He had been a Sunday school teacher and was the church representative on the cemetery board. He was also a board member of the Wilmot Municipal Telephone System.
Surviving are his wife, the former Edna Appel; a son William of New Hamburg, a daughter Mrs. Kenneth (Alice) Ferguson of Iroquois, Ont.; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Ida) Millar of Kitchener and 3 grandchildren. He was predeceased by 3 brothers and 2 sisters...Riverside Cemetery..."

Kitchener-Waterloo Record 7 Mar 1965 
Bergey, Herbert (I6606)
221 "Hespeler Correspondence", Guelph Mercury, 13 June 1889 p. 4:
"Grand Military Concert. On Friday evening, June 14th, the 29th Battalion Band will hold their concert in Glick's Hall here."

"Hespeler Items", Galt Reporter Fri. 21 June 1889 p. 4:
"The concert given here on Friday evening last by the 29th Battalion Band was a success financially, but as an entertainment it was hardly up to standard. Some of the parts rendered were very fine, but others again were inferior…. The baritone solo by Mr John Moran, leader of the 29th Battalion Band, was excellent." 
Moran, John (I207797)
222 "His family may have consisted of four children but no one could give any positive information in regard to his family. His wife's name has not been given to the writer."

Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.]. 
Histand, Abraham (I3030)
223 "HOFSTETTER, Helen Muriel - Passed away on Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 at the KW Health Centre of the Grand River Hospital, Kitchener. Helen Hofstetter of Plattsville in her 84t th year. Beloved wife of Layton Hofstetter whom she married Sept. 22, 1951. Loving mother of Bonnie and Elmer Bretz of RR1 Plattsville, Gary and Carrie, Doug and Kathy all of RR1 Bright and Nancy Olenio of Plattsville. Sadly missed by her 12 grandchildren and 2 gr-grandchildren. Survived by her brothers Ron and wife Martha of Washington, ON and Bob and wife Joan of Plattsville. Predeceased by her granddaughter Kailey (1990) and daughter-in-law Margaret (2003)...Plattsville Cemetery..."

KW Record obit. of Mon., Nov. 11, 2013 
Hofstetter, Helen Murial (I182430)
224 "HOWLETT, Edna Mary (Mayme) nee Hahn Passed away peacefully at Leisureworld Nursing Home in Elmira on Saturday, March 27, 2010 in her 94th year.

Mayme was predeceased by her husband Herbert in 1976; her sons Daniel in 2002 and James in 2009; her brothers, Edgar in 1959, Albert in 1938, Harvey in 1980, William in 1987, Lorne in 2006; and her sisters Lauretta Berberick in 2003 (Clarence), and Florence Berberick in 2004 (Albert).

Mayme is survived by her daughter Elinor Voisin (Ron) of Kitchener; her son Chris of Elmira; daughter-in-law Cathy of Elmira; sisters Rita Berberick (Francis deceased), Stella Cassel, Jean McDonald (Mervin deceased); sister-in-law Doris Hahn (William); and her grandchildren Steven Voisin (Angela), Kim McCoppen (Randy), Dane and Erin Howlett.

Mayme has four great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Michael Voisin and Tyler and Nicholas McCoppen. Mayme was a member of the Catholic Women's League for 58 years.

She enjoyed many happy summers at her cottage at Amberley Beach. Thank you to the nurses and staff at Leisureworld for their loving care.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Dreisinger Funeral Home , 62 Arthur St. S., Elmira, on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Parish Prayers will be said on Tuesday evening at 8:45 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 19 Flamingo Dr., Elmira, on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11 a.m. with celebrant Fr. Ray Reitzel C.R. officiating followed by interment in St. Teresa's R.C. Cemetery, RR 1, Elmira.

In Mayme's memory, donations to St. Teresa's Parish Building Fund would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy." 
Hahn, Edna Mary "Mayme" (I218785)
225 "I am the great-granddaughter of Solomon Roth. My great-grandfather Solomon Roth (he called himself John Solomon Roth as an adult) was born to Barbara Bast (father unknown) in New Hamburg and adopted by Jacob B. and Catherine Roth. The family story was that he was an orphan and adopted however DNA testing led me to discover that it appears his unwed mother gave him up for adoption and eventually married and moved to the United States. "

Karen Miceli email 2019 
Roth, John Solomon "Solomon" (I124405)
226 "I have a bit on Hannah. She married Frederick Yandt in Dec 15,1870 at Normanby, he was 56 and she was 24 years old. They had Jacob, Elizabeth, Martha, William (my gg great grandfather ) and Johannes. Sometime between 1877 when she became pregnant with Elizabeth and the 1881 census Frederick died ( I have the cemetery transcription and if it is the same Frederick he died 1880).

After his death in July 26, 1883 at Normanby, she married a John McLeod, son of Duncan McLeod and Ann McArthur. In the "Farm Lanes of Bentinck" history book. at the back it ha s a list of the cemetery transcriptions for the area and it lists a Mrs.Hannah McLeod 1845-1939 buried with John Yandt and his wife Elizabeth. I do not know if she had any children with John McLeod or not.

I also have Frederick Simon Yandt's military file and it lists a Mrs. Hannah McLeod as his mother and living in Indian Head Saskatchewan. When he enlisted in Feb of 1916 she was living in Neustadt, Ont and by October of 1916 she had moved to Oakre River Manitoba and then to Indian Head Sask. I don't have a Frederick listed as one of Hannah's kids but I may have missed one. I have another Hannah Yandt that married a Dan McLeod as well so I am not sure which one is the Hannah that is his mother."

(Corrine Anderson, email to Sue Kolasa) 
Sararas, Hannah (I34314)
227 "I'm doing research on my home in Norwood, Ohio. A 1902-03 city directory had a G.A. Haist-lithographer (Emma) listed at our address. Would like to know if they are related to your site?"

Email Shelby 2012 
Haist, Gustavius A. (I15471)
228 "In 1834, Alexander Fleming, a young boy of eight years, known familiarly as Sandy, emigrated with his widowed mother, Lillias (nee Gregor), his two younger brothers, John and James, and his Gregor grandparents, Peter and Margaret, with their family of seven. In one record, Sandy also mentions his half sister who also came. (Perhaps his father was a widower with one child, when Lillias married him.) They sailed on the ?Alfred of Alloway?, which carried eight Scottish families on board. The voyage took nine weeks and three days. They were short of water, and the food was mostly fat pork and black bread, with one bowl of oatmeal porridge in the morning."

A Walk Through Yesterday: Memoirs of Jessie L. Beattie by Jessie L. Beattie, 1976



At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Beattie of Blair, on Wednesday, August 25, 1926, in his 101st year. Former resident of Puslinch. He was in his usual good health and in process of all his faculties, until a few days previous to his death. Mr. Fleming was born in Edinburgh and came to this country with his mother, when he was 8 years of age. They settled in Morriston but it was not long after their arrival that his mother died and Sandy, cast on his own resources, went to work for a farmer in the neighbourhood. Here he learned in the school of hard work, that splendid characteristic which helped him all through life, namely, self reliance. In the course of time, he bought a bush farm situated on the tenth concession, about three miles from Aberfoyle. After many years of hard work, the farm was finally cleared. The old log house in which he first lived is still standing, reminiscent of the days of his early struggles and the scene of his first home joys. A beautiful home now stands on the old farm, a monument to his industry and progressiveness. Survived by three daughters, Mrs. Frank Beattie of Blair; Mrs. Hugh Reid of Galt; Mrs. George Dixon of Hamilton; and one son, Alexander on the old homestead. Funeral was held at the home of his daughter in Blair on Sat. , Aug. 28 at 1 and interment took place in Crown Cemetery. Rev. Buchanan Carey of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Guelph conducted the service. Five grandsons and one great-grandson acted as pallbearers.

A Celebration of Lives Obituaries of Puslinch Township, Wellington Co., Ontario Vol 2 by Anna Jackson & Marjorie Clark 
Fleming, Alexander "Sandy" (I52737)
229 "In 1867, John Gillespie, aged 23 years and living on Lot 23, Concession 11, wrote in his diary: 'Wednesday, October 2 \endash At William Dickie's sale. The stock sold well. Monday, October 14 \endash I was at Alex Cranston's bidding farewell to William Dickie and family \endash a touching scene, a number of people being affected to tears. Wednesday, October 16 \endash William Dickie and family left for Guelph on their way to New Zealand'

Our Todays and Yesterdays, by Andrew Taylor, p. 159, 
Dickie, William (I58777)
230 "In 1913, Baden area farmer Peter L. Moyer was 52 years old. He had been married since 1888 to Mary Anna Reeve and was a member of the Steinmann Amish Mennonite church. Moyer was dissatisfied, in fact, very dissatisfied with church arrangements. Sunday services alternated between Steinmann's and St. Agatha Amish Mennonite church (a.k.a. Lichti's church). Steinmann's was on Snyder's Road, well west of Baden, almost at Nafziger Road: Lichti's was on Erb's Road just west of St. Agatha. Today, it's hardly a five-minute drive. Put yourself at the Moyer farm in winter 1912. Many second Sundays he had to horse-and-buggy his family and friends for an hour over unplowed roads to Lichti's.

Moyer's solution? Build and pay for a simple frame church building on a small property in Baden and make it a fellowship hall, open to all denominations. Under various names and overseers, it served for almost nine decades. By the 1990s, Wilmot Mennonite Fellowship Hall was primarily a rental facility for community groups although a small congregation, West Hills Mennonite Fellowship, held Sunday services. On April 14, 2000, fire destroyed the building. Arson, whether accidental or purposeful, was the initial assumption but no one was ever charged."

mills, r. (2020). Flash From the Past: Wilmot Township's churches in the spotlight. Retrieved 22 February 2020, from https://www.therecord.com/living-story/9860565-flash-from-the-past-wilmot-township-s-churches-in-the-spotlight/ 
Moyer, Peter L. (I29290)
231 "In examining the "Colonial Records" of Philadelphia we find that quite a number of Schneiders came from various parts of central Europe and settled in Pennsylvania. In volume NO. 4, page 59, we find that one hundred and fifty emigrants from the Palatinate (Pfaltz) and other places of Europe came in the vessel "Harle" of London. Among this number we find the progenitor, Johannes Schneider. These together with old "Hannes" (Johannes) were qualified, i.e. because citizens of Pennsylvania and subject to the Crown, His Majesty King George II, in September, 1736. Johannes Schneider or, as tradition has it, Johannes Jacob Schneider, to distinguish him from his relative who happened to have the same name, Jacob being added to know that he was Jacob's (his father's name) "Hans" and not Michael's (his uncle's) "Hans," was born about the year 1697. To whom he was married cannot be ascertained at so late a date. Owing to his strict adherence to the Protestant faith he was subjected to the same tests and fiery persecutions as what his co-religionists were. Early in the year 1736 he left his native home and set sail, with others, for London, England, thence to America where they landed in August of the same year and were naturalized a few days later. In September he with his wife and family moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they settled on a large tract of land. When old Johannes Schneider died is not known, neither what number of children he had. We know of two sons, Jacob and Christian. There may have been others but the descendants of Jacob never knew of more than Christian."

Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.]. 
Schneider, Hannes (I61706)
232 "In Los Angeles, California, lives Orfa Jean Shontz, one of the best known women lawyers of the Pacific Coast. Orfa Jean is the daughter of Benjamin Shantz, oldest son of David Shantz, who, with his brother Bishop Henry Shantz, lived at Plattsville in Waterloo County, Ontario. Miss Shontz was, at one time, assistant judge of the Juvenile Court of the City of Los Angeles in charge of delinquent girls. During her term of office she tried over 3000 cases with no reversals of opinion or decision from higher courts. That record alone is an enviable one.Miss Shontz was born at Correctionville, Iowa, and her father was, for some years, jailer of the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa." Shontz, Judge Orfa Jean (I246393)
233 "In Loving Memory Died/ At Preston, on Wednesday, March 21st,/ 1917,/ Henry Heise/ In his 75th year./ The Funeral/ Will take place on Saturday, March 24th, at/ 2.30 p.m., from his late home on Queen/ Street, to Preston Cemetery./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Card of Henry Heise From: Doon Heritage Crossroads, Accession Number: X.961.357.001


Passing of Preston's Oldest Manufacturer
The Late Henry Heise Conducted Furniture Factory on Main Street

In the passing of Henry Heise Preston loses its oldest pioneer manufacturer, whose death occurred on Wednesday afternoon. The late Henry Heise was born in Muehlhausen, Germany, nearly 75 years ago and with his parents came to Preston when 15 years of age. He learned the trade of cabinet maker and for a number of years conducted a furniture factory where the Mickus hardware store now stands and later he operated a sawmill at the rear end of the lot, finally building a very substantial mill on Hamilton street. In religion he ws a Lutheran and was independent in politics with Liberal learnings [sic]. He took unto himself as a partner in life Dorothea Stumpfle, who survives him, and to whom were born ten children - Mrs. George Kanmaeher, Preston; Miss Elizabeth, Medicine Hat; Henry, Hamilton; Miss Dora, Preston; Mrs. J. Mumford, Stratford; Mrs. C. C. Hahn, Kitchener; Miss Lottie, Edward G. and Miss Clara at home; Pte. William H., now in France; and a brother, Christopher Heise, in Galt. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Queen street on Saturday at 2: 30 p.m. Interment in Preston, cemetery.

Galt Daily Reporter, Thurs. March 22, 1917


In the calling away of Henry Heise at his home on Wednesday at 3 pm, Preston looses one of its oldest citizens. Some time ago it was found necessary to amputate his leg owing to blood poisoning and this with his age proved too much for the late gentleman. He was born in Muhlhausen, Germany, on April 10th, 1842, being at the time of his death in his 75th year. Besides a sorrowing widow he is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Geo. Kanmacher, Mrs. John Mumford, Mrs. C.C. Hahn, Miss Elizabeth, Miss Dorothy, Miss Lottie, Miss Clara, and Henry, Edward and William. His only surviving brother, Christian, resides at Galt. The funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2: 30pm from the family residence, Queen Street, to Preston Cemetery. 
Heise, John Henry "Henry" (I73420)
234 "In Loving Memory Died/ In Lucknow, on Friday morning,/ March 20th, 1903,/ Agnes McLeish,/ Beloved wife of Adam M. Oliver,/ In her 70th Year./ The Funeral/ Will take place from her late resi-/ dence, near Branchton, on Mon-/ day afternoon, March 23rd, at 2/ o'clock, to Mount View Cemetery,/ Galt./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation./ Galt, March 20th, 1903.

Funeral Card of Agnes McLeish Oliver From: Doon Heritage Crossroads, Accession Number: 979.060.004.003 
McLeish, Agnes (I74107)
235 "In Loving Memory." Printed inside is: Died,/ In Galt, on Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 1913,/ at 8.30 o'clock p.m.,/ Robert Hattrick,/ In his 59th year./ The Funeral/ Will take place from his late residence, 6th Con., Bev-/ erly, on Sunday afternoon, October 5th, at 1.30 o'clock,/ to Methodist Church, Sheffield, for service at 2 p.m.,/ thence to Sheffield Cemetery./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Card of Robert Hattrick 
Hattrick, Robert (I98129)
236 "In Loving Memory." Printed inside is: Died/ At Galt Hospital, on Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1921,/ William J. Watson/ In his 61st year./ The Funeral/ Will take place from the Funeral Parlors of Allen &/ Ray, Galt, on Friday afternoon, November 18th,/ at 2.30 o'clock, to Mount View Cemetery./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Card of William J. Watson 
Watson, William James (I58629)
237 "In Loving Memory." Printed inside is: Died/ In Beverly, on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, 1908,/ at 9 o'clock a.m./ James Keachie/ In his 56th year./ The Funeral/ Will take place on Friday, September 25th,/ at 2 o'clock p.m., from his late residence, to Mount View Cemetery, Galt./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation./ Beverly, Sept. 23, 1908.

Funeral Card of James Keachie 
Keachie, James (I97541)
238 "In Loving Memory." Printed inside is: Died/ In the Galt Hospital, on Wednesday, Feb. 14th,/ 1906, at 6.45 p.m.,/ Josie O./ Third daughter of the late/ David Harvie/ The Funeral/ Will take place from the family residence,/ Branchton Road, on Friday afternoon, Feb./ 16th, at 2.30 o'clock, to Mount View Ceme-/ tery./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Card of Josie Harvie 
Harvie, Joanna "Josie" (I74240)
239 "In Loving Memory." Printed on the inside is: Died/ In Beverly, on Thursday, March 1st, 1917,/ at 12.40 o'clock a.m.,/ George G. Nichol,/ In his 90th year./ The Funeral/ Will take place from his late residence, 9th Concession,/ Beverly, on Saturday afternoon, 3rd inst., at 2 o'clock,/ to Mount View Cemetery, Galt./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Funeral Card of George G. Nichol 
Nichol, George G. (I34020)
240 "In Memoriam." Printed inside is: Died,/ At Valens, on the 10th inst.,/ at 12.20 p.m.,/ Susannah Fergusson,/ Aged 56 years and 11 months./ The funeral/ Will take place from the residence/ of Robert Fergusson, Beverly, on/ Thursday, the 12th inst., at 1 o'clock/ p.m., and proceed to Mount View/ Cemetery, Galt./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this/ intimation./ Beverly, May 10th, 1898

Funeral Card of Susannah Fergusson 
Ferguson, Susannah (I98448)
241 "In Memoriam." Printed inside is: Died,/ In Beverly Township, on Tuesday morning,/ 11th inst., at 2 o'clock,/ Martha Jane McNichol,/ Wife of William R. Palmer,/ Aged 27 years and 8 months./ The Funeral/ Will take place from the residence of her late father,/ Clyde, on Thursday afternoon, 13th inst., at 2/ o'clock, to Mount View Cemetery, Galt./ Friends and acquaintances will please accept this in-/ timation./ Clyde, April 11th, 1899.

Funeral Card of Marth Jane McNichol Palmer 
McNichol, Martha Jane (I97548)
242 "In memory of Charles Allan of Elora. Member of Parliament for the North Riding of Wellington County & formerly Warden of the County: who died at Hamilton on the 13th of Jan. 1859 in the 58th year of his age whose remains here rest in hope. Erected by his widow Grace Allan, who deeply mourns the loss of an affectionate husband, and the kind father of a sorrowing family. J. Davidson Guelph" [inscription from gravestone] St. Andrews Presbyterian Cemetery, Fergus Allan, Charles MP (I81496)
243 "In the first part of February, I was moved to visit my brothers who lived near Guelph. I started accordingly, accompanied by my wife. The snow was deep, and we had an uncommonly hard journey. When within about three miles of the place we met my brother William. Being very tired we were overjoyed at the meeting, but soon, alas, our joy was turned to sorrow, for he informed us that my brother James was dead. He had died the day before of inflammation of the lungs, and we had arrived in time to attend the funeral, which was to take place at two o'clock the next day. We had expected to meet him well and happy, and enjoy a pleasant visit with him. We arrived at his house and found him cold in death, with his wife and nine children weeping around him. It was an affecting time. The next day about eighty sleighs filled with people met at the house, and followed his remains to the Manse burying ground."

Memoir of Rev Thomas Henry


The Petition of James Henery, now of the Township of Whitby, farmer Honorably sheweth...that your petitioner is a native of Kilshandra, County Cavan in Ireland, that he has resided in the province eight years , that having the means to cultivate a new farm, he is desirous to become a settler. York, 6th Oct 1819 (and contains the signature of James).

Land Petitions, Upper Canada 1819-20 (film C-2048 from the National Archives in Ottawa, Canada): #233,


Henry of Puslinch died intestate early February 1845, leaving a widow Agnes who applied for letters of administration on 12 May 1845, supported by David Henry, son of deceased, who renounced his own claim to administrator. On 8 Mar 1845, the estate inventory was valued at 264 Pounds, 10s by James Phin and William Henry, both of Waterloo.3a

3aWellington Early Estate File (MS 638 R 22): 
Henry, James (I10610)
244 "In the late 1980's, a group of concerned individuals decided to do something about the fact that rental housing was becoming increasingly hard to afford. At the time, the Federal Government of Canada used to sponsor a co-op housing program through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The founding group approached CMHC and got the ball rolling. The group incorporated as Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes (Kitchener). Our name: Bread and Roses is symbolic of the fact that people need not just a home (Bread), but also a community to live in and belong to (the Roses). In addition, it is the title of a historically significant song from the labour movement.


The original building began life as a button factory in 1879. Owned and operated by Emil Vogelsang. This historical site became available to Bread and Roses,
negotiations were concluded and construction began. A new high-rise building was put up and the historical factory was converted into apartments.

Finally, after a long and adventurous road, the first members moved into the project in June of 1990. Because the goal was not to make a profit, but rather to provide safe and secure housing to those who needed it, special efforts were made to accommodate those who are at a disadvantage in seeking comfortable housing. Just over half of the apartments were designated as rent-geared-to-income housing (RGI); and is funded by CMHC. We were also able to get 4 wheelchair-accessible units and reserve two RGI units for people living with HIV/AIDS. From the beginning, we have been a mixed-income community and have welcomed diversity in our membership.

Since being founded, Bread and Roses has gone through many phases of community building and learning how to run its own affairs independently. Having lately gone through a series of building improvements, we are currently focusing on community growth and a culture of involvement where members are active in the day-to-day running and decision-making of the Co-op. Every new member is an additional asset to Bread and Roses. Each bringing with them new experiences and skills to contribute to our little community."



The Button Industry

A young German named Emil Vogelsang came to Berlin in 1867 and chummed with Allan Huber, son of H. S. Huber. One day the merchant questioned the youth,

"What can you do, Emil?"
"I'm a button turner."
"Then show us how you make buttons."
"Before I could do that," said Emil, "I'd need a lathe and a batch of ivory-nuts."

Mr. Huber had a lathe made in Waterloo and imported a shipment of nuts for Mr. Vogelsang. The latter leased a room and power from the Simpson Furniture Company and soon was manufacturing first-class buttons. He called his venture, "The Pioneer Button Works." The buttons found a ready sale in Eastern Canada and the United States. His was the first button factory in Canada, if not in America..

Before long Mr. Vogelsang needed a factory of his own. He interested J. J. Woelfle in the enterprise and they awarded Jacob Y. Shantz a contract to erect a $20,000 building on the northeast corner of King and College Streets. Before it was up Mr. Woelfle withdrew. Mr. Shantz then purchased an interest in the button works for a sum equal to the price of the building and entered into a 7-year agreement with Mr. Vogelsang. When that term expired Mr. Vogelsang retired and built another button factory in South Queen Street, which he later sold to the W. G. & R. Shirt Company. (Now occupied by the Fehrenbach Mattress Co.)

Mr. Shantz had not had any practical experience in the manufacture of buttons, yet did not wish to see the employees deprived of their livelihood. He therefore continued manufacturing and after costly experimenting, during which he was assisted by his son, M. B. Shantz, the factory was placed on a sound footing. Mr. Shantz's sons Dilman and John likewise joined him. Jacob Y. Shantz & Sons became the largest employers of labor in Berlin. For a time there were four button factories in the town and it was widely known as "Buttonville." Jacob Y. Shantz entered into partnership also with a Mr. Feick and made felt goods in the button-factory basement.

A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937 pg 169-171


Emil came to Canada in 1866, aged 32. A year later he sent for Louisa. They were married by her brother, Rev. F.W. Tuerk, who was already here as the minister of the New Jerusalem Church (Swedenborg). Another of her brothers worked for Emil in the Vogelsang Button Factory and it is said that he embezzeled money and thus ruined the business. Emil opened a new Button Factory in Port Elgin, ON. He died at age 59 after he moved back to Berlin, ON, and the VOGELSANG burial plot is in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. 
Vogelsang, Emil (I32115)
245 "In the year of our Lord 1857, the tenth month and the tenth day, a tiny baby was born,weiqhinq three pounds fully dressed. The hands were so small that the nurse slipped her finqer ring over them to the wristfor a bracelet. The nurse was aunt Nancy Kolb, the baby's mothers sister. For months the babe was feed witha spoon. Nursing bottles ware unheard of at thet time. The child was named Nancy Ellen, not in honor of anyone in particular but just to be different. There were Mary Anns and Lydianna, Lizanns, Sarah\emdash Amos and Nancy Anns, but there were no Ellens in the whole relationship.

So the little stranqer was named Ellen. The qrand parents on both sides were Mennonites by faith and the forelqn and almost heathen name of Ellen could hardly be endured. Puttinci Nancy , a good reliable family name before it toned it down. The grand dames said by always saying Nancyellen, it was not so bad, but the father recorded only Ellen in the family book.

The birthplace of Nancy Ellen was in a very small town in Ontario, Canada, known as the toll bridge. So named because of the new bridge across the river. The bridge was being paid for by the toll each one had to pay when crossing. A few houses, a small store and a few other small places of business made up the little village. A large barn like farmhouse bordering on the town was the exact spot where Nancyellen was born. Her father was teaching school in a nearby country school. This farm was not the real home of the Bowman family. A few rooms ware rented only for the school year, The permanent home was in the little berg of Breslau. The family at this time consisted of Albert and Abram. Angeline, the first daughter, died at the age of ten months and was buried in the Mennonite cemetary near the town of Berlin. The father, Jacob C.Bowrnan, second son of Elias and Polly Bowman taught school a number of years. He made brooms during vacation in company with Elias Snider, the owner of the big farmhouse and brother-in-law of Jacob C. Bowman. They sold the brooms in Preston and other small cities.

I don't know where Marian found this, nor when it was written. She said it was sort of a diary or journal. - source Betty Larson"

"Nancy Ellen Bowman B. 10 Oct 1857 D. 1936: Genealogy Of Susan And Barry Reynolds". 2022. Reynolds-Lake.Ca. https://www.reynolds-lake.ca/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I22357&tree=Main. 
Bowman, Nancy Ellen "Ellen" (I7523)
246 "In Wallace at the home of the bride on Wed., Sept. 5, 1894 by Rev. C. S. Finkbeiner, Mr. John E. Leisemer, ticket agent at Listowel, to Miss Melinda Hallman of Wallace."

Brussels Post, Sept. 14, 1894 
Hallman, Malinda (I6315)
247 "inconu" probably is French for unknown. Berdux, Philip (I52443)
248 "Irene Marie, Ezra's daughter by his first wife, worked in Kitchener at the rubber factory, boarding with her half-brother Graham and his wife. She married Clayton Roth, and they bought a bake shop in Toronto."

The History of Elma Township 1857-1997 
Biehn, Irene Maria (I129087)
249 "Is home."

Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].


Mr. Roland F. Snider The many friends of Mr. Roland F. Snider will regret to learn of his death on Wednesday morning, in his 49th year, at his home in Stratford, where for the past 24 years he has been an engineer on the C.N.R. The late Mr. Snider was well known locally spending his early years in this city, receiving his education at local schools. He was a son of the late Samuel B. Snider residing on South Queen St. He is survived by his sorrowing wife, formerly Minerva Carey, two sons, Chester and Williard, and one daughter Dorothy, at home, one sister, Mrs. J.R. Stouffer, of this city, and one brother, Elmer, of Detroit. The funeral will take place from his residence, 50 W. Gore St., to Avondale cemetery of that city. 
Schneider, Roland F. (I3457)
250 "It was at Capt. Smith's, in 1821, that the Wilbee's, a family of English settlers going to the Pilkington Estate, found shelter. Some of them were sick with typhus fever and were here nursed back to health. During the voyage out, on a vessel called the "Asia," a baby girl had been born and she was called "Mary Asia." At Capt. Smith's the young mother died of the hardships of the voyage, leaving the baby girl to be nursed and cared for, for two years, by Capt. Smith's family. One of the sons was especially kind to the mitherless bairn. The others in the family teased him by saying she would be his wife some day, never thinking that it might be true, but again was truth strangers than fiction for Mary Asia Wilbee became Mrs. Cushman Smith.

The early history of Elora, Ontario and vicinity, John Robert Connon, 1906 
Wilbee, Mary Asia (I112489)
251 "It was incorporated as a village in 1857. Among the early Catholic inhabitants were : Joseph Hartmann, from Sparenberg, Bavaria,, a butcher and tavernkeeper who came in 1847"

The Catholic Church in Waterloo Book I, Theobald Speltz


Holy Family Roman Catholic Church
Begun: 1858
Early Catholic settlers attended church in South Easthope, Perth County, and in St. Agatha. A schoolhouse in New Hamburg which was purchased on August 11, 1858, was moved to a lot on the east side of Wilmot Street. The land was donated by a non-Catholic. The building was renovated, and dedicated on November 21, 1858 by Father Eugene Funcken from St. Agatha. It soon became apparent that the church was too small for the growing congregation but it was not until the Spring of 1882 that excavation was begun on the foundation for a new building on the west side of town. Once again, a church was built on donated land - the land this time given to the church by Joseph Hartmann, Sr. Although the new white brick church building was completed on July 27, 1883 with the cross in place on the spire, it was not until May 11, 1884 that it was blessed and dedicated. An addition was built in 1967-1968. The date on the church is 1883.

Waterloo County Churches, A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900, Rosemary Ambrose



This parish was formed in 1858, being attended from St. Agatha by Rev. E. Funcken who purchased an old public school, erected a tower on it and changed the interior to suit an ecclesiastical building; this served as the place of worship for the ensuing 25 years. In 1881, Mr. Jos. Hartmann donated an acre of ground on Huron Street., about the centre of the town, and building operations for the present church were commenced and completed in 1883. The site was a magnificent one, the church standing elevated above every other building in the town and can easily be seen from any part of Hamburg and surrounding country. The church is 45 by l00, is beautifully frescoed, well furnished and a credit to its congregation. In 1892, one acre of ground was bought from Jacob A. Roth by John Buckel, Sr., for $200.00. The deed was registered to the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of Hamilton on September 9th, 1897. A cemetery was thereon laid out in plots of 15 x 15 feet. There are two main roads and avenues and the cemetery is entirely surrounded by maple trees. In 1907 an additional acre and a quarter to the cemetery was obtained. Much work has been done on it to bring it to its present fitting condition.The Sacred Heart Society has a large number of members, is in a very flourishing condition and has as officers:\emdash Mrs. Carl Messner, President; Miss Susannah Hartmann, Secretary-Treasurer. The other Society is the C. M. B. A. of New Hamburg. President, J. A. Hartmann; Secretary, Alphonse Fischer; Treasurer, F. J. Hartmann. The Church Committee is composed of the following members: J. Monaghan, J. J. Berger, W. Weber,Brudcr, L. Arnold and J. Anderson. Rev. W. Vincent Kloepfer, C. R., whose residence is in Berlin, is the present pastor for the community.3a

3aSpecial Industrial souvenir number of New Hamburg: containing a comprehensive review of the natural advantages and resources of the village of New Hamburg, 1908, Berlin Daily News, Berlin, Ontario


Joseph was one of the oldest inhabitants of New Hamburg. 
Hartmann, Joseph (I125841)
252 "It wasn't luck that built the business, but quality and service."

This is the slogan of Wingham's Market. Charles Wingham, proprietor of Wingham's Market, began his career in the meat business in Stevens county with a market on the corner of Main and Astor, where the Bank of Colville now stands. That was in 1900. Three years later he conducted a similar business in Marcus and then returned to Colville, purchasing his former market. In 1905 he bought the P. H. Hessel business, and soon he was managing five markets, one in each of the following towns: Chewelah, Addy, Springdale, Meyers Falls, Colville. Finally Mr. Wingham purchased the interests of his partners and concentrated his attention on the Colville business.

Six years ago he built the brick building in which he is conducting one of the best equipped and most modern meat markets in the northwest. A modem chilling plant, using the ammonia system, is part of the up to-date equipment of the market. There is the latest type of sausage machinery, a hydraulic press for pressing out lard, and other improved accessories. The walls and woodwork of the basement and the chilling plant are enameled with packinghouse enamel. Everything is as clean and spotless as the most particular housewife could desire and thirty years of experience could make it.

One is impressed not only by the sanitary appearance of the shop, but also by the attractively arranged displays of meats, fruits and vegetables. Head lettuce, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cauliflower, radishes, grapefruit, oranges and other fruits and vegetables in and out of season look very inviting to the shopper as they are placed on exhibit by Mr. Shonewald each morning. It is evidently a belief in the Wingham Market that a meat market should look just as appetizing as a confectionery showcase or a delicatessen display. Much of the credit for his success is attributed by Mr. Wingham to the fact that he has always paid strict attention to his business.

He began thirty years ago by helping his brother-in-law peddle some meat in a trip through the small towns of Minnesota. He liked it and decided to learn the meat business, and his thirty years of experience have given him judgment in buying meats of quality. There are customers who have been patrons of the market for as long as twelve years, believing in its quality and service. As to service, Mr. Wingham gives a large share of credit for his market's success in serving the public to Frank Shonewald and T. L. Montgomery, who have been with him for some time, and to his son Roscoe who is in the business with him. "It wasn't luck that built the business,' but quality and service" is the slogan of Wingham's Market.

The Colville Examiner, Saturday, May 24, 1919 
Wingham, Charles (I146326)
253 "James Law - Cambridge Sports Hall Of Fame". 2022. Cambridge Sports Hall Of Fame. https://cambridgeshf.com/inductee/james-law/?fbclid=IwAR0mLbTTYJRUvUcogv4zGQ-GB9wykWMDNoCBEZK_fwlvaQSCv2S-Lv9OdQw. Law, James Campbell (I379956)
254 "James W. Davis, Tin and Sheet-iron Manufacturer"

Dumfries Reformer and Western Counties General Advertiser 13 Feb 1861



Mr. Alex. Addison has sent us quite a curiosity in its way the first and second number of the Dumfries Courier, published in Galt in July, 1844. The paper itself is a curiosity, and its advertisements and other contents have provoked in our mind a resurrection of many old events, which might have remained in oblivion for ever had not this record come in our way. The Courier was printed by Mr. B. C. Hearle, and embraced 24 columns of matter not nearly the size of the Reformer, while the typography would be considered rather antiquated at the present day. … . Among its advertisers, we find that "New Goods" have been received by J. K. Andrews: Robert Edmond desires "Tailoring" to any extent; Æ. B. Gordon announces "Fresh Arrivals," of Staple and Fancy Dry Goods; Wagstaff & Ramore have he best Tin and Sheet Iron Ware in Galt; and Robert Gillespie has on hand a general stock of Dry Goods, Groceries and Hardware. Besides these names, we find the following advertisers: Donald McIntosh, Tavern-Keeper and Tailor, a strange combination; Alexr. Beckett, Barber and Hair-dresser; Courtenay & Service, Dry Goods dealers; James W. Davis, Tin and Sheet-iron Manufacturer; Andrew Oliver, Druggist; John Dodd, engraver; and John Miller and Adam Ainslie, Barristers. These names comprise all the advertisers, and will recall to those who have long lived in Galt, many strange reminiscences of bygone days. We thank Mr. Addison for placing these old papers on our taable. 
Davis, James W. (I119607)
255 "James W. Markham is the head of a small settlement located about three miles distant from Traverse City, and known as Norris,Ile [Leelanau County]. Here he is engaged in the manufacture of brick on a very extensive scale, and gives employment to form thirty to fifty men.." - Excerpt from "Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan," published by Record Publishing Company of Chicago, 1895.

For these hands and their families he has erected a number of neat and substantial houses in the vicinity of his own home. Mr. Markham is a striking example of the self-made men of America. Hardly twenty years ago he was a poor man, with but little more than a few clothes and a shovel. Nevertheless, he possessed those inherited qualities of pluck and energy which compel fortune to smile, and after prospecting for a time he discovered a good bank of clay suitable for brick. He commenced in a small way as a manufacturer, and now sells brick by the million. The father of J. W., James Markham, who is living under his roof, is a native of England, but settled in Canada at an early day and engaged in farming. His wife, Sarah, nee Pipe, lived to be fifty-two years of age, and he is now in his eightieth year. Of their union were born the following children: Mary Ann, who became the wife of John Rogers, of Wiarton, Ontario; David, who is engaged in the brick and lumber business at Osceola, this state; John, who enlisted in the Civil War, and died abo. 1865; Jacob, who died in childhood; James W.; Abraham, now working in the car-shops at Port Huron; Sarah, Mrs. Walter Miller, of Wiarton; Isaac, a teamster of Croswell, this state; Samuel, a resident of Hamilton, Ontario; Isadore, a Canadian farmer; Charles, who died in infancy; and Joseph M., now of Cincinnati. James W. Markham was born in Waterloo, Canada, April 29, 1847, and remained upon his father's homestead until eighteen years of age. His services were needed in the farm management, and as there were no schools convenient, his education was decidedly neglected. When in his nineteenth year he started out for himself and worked on a farm, after which he spent two years learning the brick-making trade. In 1868 he came to this state, and for a time worked in the lumber woods near Croswell. During this time he made some brick, and later put up a machine for the manufacture of this article at Benzonia. After operating the machine for a period, he looked about him for a favorable situation, and settled upon Traverse City as the best for his purposes. Her he made the acquaintance of Perry Hannah...For the first year his retail sales amounted to only about five thousand brick, but now he annually retails over half a million. His works have an annual output of abo. four million. May 12, 1875, Mr. Markham was united in marriage with Sarah Ann Smurthwaite at Port Huron. Her parents, Thomas and Lavinia Smurthwaite, were natives of England and Nova Scotia, respectively, and the former has reached his seventy-third, and the latter her sixty-ninth, year. Their eldest son, William, is deceased. Thomas makes his home in Manistee; Jane is Mrs. Elno E. Parrott, of Illinois; Mary is the wife of William Tucker, of Sand Beach, Mich.; Joseph and James are deceased; and Lavinia is the wife of I. D. Lane, of Sand Beach. In the management of his business, Mr. Markham has been greatly assisted by his wife, who is a companion and helpmate in every sense. She keeps the books of the concerns, makes the financial calculations, and is his private secretary. In politics Mr. Markham is identified with the Republican party, and socially he is a Mason of the Seventh Degree."

Excerpt from "Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan," published by Record Publishing Company of Chicago, 1895.  
Markham, James W. (I81504)
256 "Jesiah Wismer, March 6, 1899, At Orillia, of Preston, aged 21 years"

Waterloo County Chronicle - Death Notices 1899-1900


WISMER - On the 5th of March 1899, in Orilli (sic), Ont., of epilepsy, Josiah Wismer, s/o Isaac and Mary Wismer, aged 20yrs, 9mos and 24days. His remains were brought to the home of his parents near Preston, whence he was taken to Blair cemetery for interment.

Herald of Truth, April 1899
Wismer, Josiah (I4510)
257 "John D. McKenzie b. c.June 24, 1794, Dores, Inverness, Scotland, s/o Donald & Catherine (McBean) McKenzie. Second spouse was Anne Elliot or McIntosh, came to USA 1803, Livingston Co., NY. Lived Galt, Ontario 1820. Died in Winnipeg? When? Contact Betty Peabody Knoblock, 1728 Midvale Ave., Los Angeles CA 90024-5513 USA.

A Query in Generations, Manitoba Genealogical Society (Vol. 24, No. 4, Dec. 1998): 
McKenzie, John D. (I91442)
258 "John Douglas Bean, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellworth Bean of RR1 New Hamburg, died suddenly Tuesday at Victoria Hospital, London, Ont.

He was born Oct. 13, 1947. He was a member of Bethel United Church Sunday School and attended SS4 Greens Public school.

Surviving besides his parents are one brother, Wilfred, and one sister, Marily, both of New Hamburg; his maternal grandmother William Bond of Galt and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Bean of RR1 New Hamburg...."

KW Record obit. of Wed., June 25, 1958 
Bean, John Douglas (I223406)
259 "John was Evangelical and both went to the North Woolwich Evangelical Church, where they are both buried. There was originally a driving shed beside the church for the protection of horses in inclement weather behind which they were buried. Their stones were moved over to the Sandhills side road where the old Baptist cemetery was, and the stones were placed there to give them a home. The driving shed has been torn down and they are now under a parking lot, as the bodies were considered as not removable. The church building has been renovated and the building sold several times."

Lorne Umbach 
Umbach, Johann Gottlieb "John" (I130250)
260 "Joseph Cressman, 70 Simeon St., died suddenly at his home this morning following a heart attack. Mr.Cressman was well known to the commercial trade over Ontario as are presentative of the Dominion Shirt Co. of this city.

Born at Chesterfield, Ont., Feb. 20, 1880, s/o the late Mr. and Mrs.Daniel Cressman, he went west as a young man engaging in farming at Crossfield, Alta. He came to Kitchener in 1917 and conducted a grocery business at the corner of Weber and Cedar streets for ten years before joining the Dominion Shirt Co. staff.

His wife, the former Melinda Weber, predeceased him in 1936.

Mr. Cressman was a member of Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church. He is survived by two sons, Joseph, Waterloo, and Wellington, Kitchener; three daughters, Orpah Cressman, city; Mrs. Wilfred (Ruby) McLeod, Hawkestone,Ont., and Leona Cressman, city; One brother, Alvin, Ceylon, Sask., and two sisters, Mrs. Jacob Axt, city, and Mrs. Irvin Gimble, Breslau, and two grandchildren also survive him..."

KW record obit. of Wed., Feb. 12, 1947 
Cressman, Joseph (I22450)
261 "Joseph Oberholtzer, Buffalo, formerly of Kitchener, died today. He was 69 years old. Surviving are two brothers, I. H. Oberholtzer, Kitchener, D. S. Oberholtzer, Bridgeport, and one sister Mrs. R. T. Hintz, Kitchener...."

KW Record obit. of Thurs., Feb. 15, 1940


married Emma H. Fisher b.Buffalo, N.Y.; children: 1.Mary E. b.Nov. 8, 1895 2.Florence b.Feb. 15, 1897, d.Oct. 13, 1897 3.Henrietta b.May 27, 1898 4.Raymond b.March 21, 1901
Oberholtzer, Joseph Albert (I131574)
262 "Joseph Stanley Stauffer was born in Galt on June 16, 1896, the son of Joseph Stauffer and Magdalena Clemens. He was educated at Galt's Central Public School and at the Galt Collegiate Institute. Following graduation from high school he enrolled at Queen's University to study engineering. Mr. Stauffer's studies were interrupted by the First World War when he went overseas to serve with the Royal Naval Air Service. When the war ended, he returned to his studies and graduated, in 1920, as a metallurgist. Following graduation from Queen's University, Mr. Stauffer travelled to London, England for graduate courses in fuel technology at the Imperial College of Science. He then ventured into fuel technology, telephone, textile, stamping and financial interests, becoming an executive in all these fields, all the while accumulating a significant fortune which was used to establish the Joseph's. Stauffer Foundation. A quiet philanthropist, Mr. Stauffer contributed substantially to his alma mater and supported the Queen's University Endowment Fund and spear headed the Charles Poynton Memorial Award. He is reported to have sent cheques, anonymously at Christmas, to supplement the pensions of widows of the engineering professors who had taught him in his student days at Queen's University. Mr. Stauffer was a director of Stauffer-Dobbie Ltd., of Newlands & Co. and of Galt Metal Industries and was a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute. He died in Toronto on June 16, 1978 and is buried in the Mausoleum in Mount View Cemetery."

Cambridge Mosaic 
Stauffer, Joseph Stanley (I62098)
263 "Josephine Voll Bean died from a heart attack while visiting her sister in law Josephine Rousselle Bean in Toronto."

Find A Grave 
Voll, Josephine Caroline (I29045)
264 "Josiah Good, s/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Good, formerly of Kitchener, died at Marion, Kansas, March 1. He is survived by one son and two daughters. Two sisters also survive, Mary, Mrs. J. W. Weiss, Los Angeles, Calif. and Catharine, Mrs. Will Messner, Wichita, Kansas."

KW Record obit. of Sat., March 4, 1950 
Good, Josiah (I11916)
265 "Josiah Shoemaker, for years a well known resident of this city, died at his home, 49 Bingeman st., early today following a lingering illness. He was in his 75th year.

The late Mr. Shoemaker was born in Waterloo Tp., the s/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Shoemaker. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Church.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Erma, at home, eight sisters, Mrs. Edith Quickfall, Mrs. E. W. B. Snider, Mrs. Charles Lips, Mrs. Orphen Latsch, and the Misses Matilda, Susannah, Angeline and Lydiann, all of Kitchener, and by one brother, Irwin Shoemaker, also of this city....."

KW Record obit. of Mon., Apr. 18, 1938 
Shoemaker, Josiah W. (I4919)
266 "Katherine Leyes, 67 years old, of 1017 East Miner street, died Sunday afternoon at one o'clock after a prolonged illness, death being due to complications. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. J. I. Schmidt of South Bend.

The deceased was born in New York, Dec 16/18, 1846. She came here from Canada 12 years ago.

Funeral services will be held from the residence tomorrow morning at nine o'clock by Rev. J. P. J. Carroll of St. Joseph church.

Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery."

South Bend Tribune, Mon., Sep., 14. 1914, p. 5
Researched by J. Crow Dec 2015 
Leyes, Catharina "Katy" (I107837)
267 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. McDonald, Kenneth "Jiggs" (I223198)

Whilst taking part in operations in the vicinity of Blecourt on the night of October 2nd., 1918, he was badly wounded by enemy shell fire, and died within a few minutes.

Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948 
Grill, Gunner Charles Norman "Norman" (I82271)
269 "Killed in Action"
During operations on the Somme Front, this soldier was acting as assistant cook in a soup kitchen which was situated in one of the communication trenches. While thus employed an enemy shell made a direct hit on the kitchen killing Private Bradley instantly. 
Bradley, Private George (I158319)
270 "Killed in Action"
While in Ulster Trench about 4 A.M, on August 30th 1918, he was hit in the head by shrapnel and died shortly afterwards. 
Critcher, Lance Corporal Francis Thomas "Fred" (I31933)
271 "Killed on Railway/Sent to School of A" Charles, Thomas (I182415)
272 "KISCHEL, Anna; On Tuesday, June 25, 1974, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Anna Erb, beloved wife of Carl Kischel, dear mother of Delbert W. of Ottawa; Mrs. Ronald (Edith) Ladd of London; Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Philips, Brantford; predeceased by one daughter Joyce; sister of Miss Bina Erb of Kitchener; Mrs. Fred (Vera) Ermel of Kitchener; Mrs. Charles (Harriet) Norman, New Hamburg; Mrs. Anthony (Magdalene) Hophf of Kitchener; predeceased by two sisters Mrs. Kate Farrell, Mrs. Mary Bauer; one brother Henry Erb; survived by 12 grandchildren. Resting at the Mott Funeral Home, Waterford, Funeral service to be held Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m. Interment Greenwood Cemetery."

The Ottawa Citizen" 27 June 1974, Thursday, page 50 
Erb, Anna "Nancy" (I171288)
273 "Let there always be a song…a song down in your heart…"

On Wednesday afternoon, with family at his side, Jack Pearse - the "Great Chief" and Coach 'Emeritus'; the consummate song-leader, bridge-builder, camper, counsellor, father, and friend - passed peacefully away at Grand River Hospital.

A London newspaper once held a contest centred on the question: What is the shortest way to London. The winning answer? The shortest way to London is good company. For 64 years, Jack was the best company and treasured friend and soul-mate to wife Helen Pearse (nee Hulse). With deep devotion and love he taught his four children - Patsy, Judy, John, and Mike (Tia) - to BE good company. How sadly and sorely we miss his good and cherished company, now…

Proud and loving grandpa to Meghan (John Tambling) and Amanda Pearse, and Christopher, Tyler, and Carson Pearse; beloved little brother to Shirley-Ann Darrach-Pearse and brother-in-law to Phyllis Harper (nee Hulse), Jack's good company spread to his entire family, touching and inspiring us all.

Jack once wrote - in song: "We can make a difference, you and I; we can make a difference, if we try." There is little question that Jack made an immeasurable difference in the lives of an equally immeasurable number of children, students, and leaders the world over. His revolutionary philosophies of teaching, coaching, leadership, and life have been cemented in books and articles, and in the hearts and minds of all those whom he has touched and led, just as they were foundational to the success of the Charlottetown YMCA Camp and Camp On-da-da-Waks, both of which he directed; and continue to be foundational to the success of: the Department of Recreation and Leisure studies at the University of Waterloo, which he co-founded; the University of Waterloo Golf Team, which he coached beginning in 1968 and for which he was inducted into the U of W Sports Hall of Fame; the Ontario Camps Association, the Canadian Camping Association, and the American Association of Independent Camps, of which he served as President all; the American Camps Association; the International Camping Fellowship, which he co-founded and for which he was the longest-running Chair, and, of course - his greatest passion and, perhaps, greatest legacy - Camp Tawingo, which he co-founded, owned, and directed for 42 years beginning in 1961.

A song-leading legend, Jack recorded three collections of camp songs, co-authored 10 books on camp songs, program, and leadership, and led singing to 100s of 1000s of delighted children and adults on virtually every continent.

Fittingly there are awards of excellence and endowment funds in his name in the Canadian Camping Association, the U of W Golf organization and Golf Association of Canada, and at Camp Tawingo.

We do not teach the reef knot, we teach the camper; we do not teach the principles of rec. leadership, we teach the student; we do not teach how to chip and putt, we teach the golfer… and if we make the camper, the student, the golfer our focus, the skill will surely follow: so believed Jack Pearse, and - right up to the moment of his passing - so did he inspire others to believe the same…others whom he always made feel happier, stronger, wiser, and more capable in his good company…others whom he consciously and carefully put at the centre of everything he thought, spoke, and did. What a gift to us all…and to generations to come.

Friends are invited to share their memories of Jack with his family during visitation at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Wednesday August 28, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. A private family committal and burial will take place at Parkview Cemetery. A Celebration of Jack's Life will be held at Camp Tawingo in Huntsville on Sunday, September 15 from 1-3 p.m., with a reception to follow at Camp (www.tawingo.net).

Condolences for the family and donations to the Camp Tawingo Campership Fund or the Jack Pearse Warrior Golf Endowment Fund may be arranged through the funeral home at www.erbgood.com or 519.745.8445. 
Pearse, John "Jack" (I227831)
274 "Litle Bakery" ashlar stone, commercial. Cambridge, King St. E. 1126 St. E. (building - stone - multiple units) (I1125)
275 "Louis Adolph, "was married to Nancy Rosenberger. They reside in Wallace Township, Ontario, near Listowel, where he follows farming"

Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.]. 
Adolph, Ludwig "Lewis" (I12273)
276 "Many of the principal settlers of Dumfries came in about 1830. We learn from Mr. William Cowan, River Road, that the following well-known Dumfries families all sailed in the "Argus" of Workington, England, on the 3rd June, 1829: those of Francis Hogg, Walter Cowan, James Cowan, George Barrie and Hector Rennelson. The voyage was only nine weeks and two days!

"The families of the following persons also came out together by the 'Sarah Mary Ann,' of Maryport, England, in April 1831: George Landreth, James Bunyan, Thomas Adams, John Kerr, David Brown, Adam Kersell, Robert Cranston, James and Walter Deans, John, Thomas and William Henderson, John and William Veitch, Robert Laidlaw (father of James Laidlaw M.P.P.), Paisley Block; James Little and Robert Aitkin, Blue Lake, and James Davidson, Keg Lane, near Paris. With possibly one exception, all these families were from Roxburghshire, Scotland. Voyage - five weeks and four days.

Reminiscences of the Early History of Galt and the Settlement of North Dumfries. Toronto: Hunter, Rose and Company, 1880; footnotes, pgs 60-61, by The Hon. James M. Young  
Brown, David (I1455)
277 "Margaret Gilmar, wife of Isaac Bean, passed away at her home at Haysville in her 77th year on Monday evening, Feb. 8, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.Robert Gilmar, pioneer settlers of Wilmot Tp., and lived her entire life there. She was a frequent visitor in the Milverton district. She is survived by her husband, one daughter Mrs. Mervin Facey, Blandford; four sons, Alfred E., Robert J., and Fred all of Wilmot Tp, the latter residing on the old homestead, and Howard, Toronto, 10 grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Eliza Langley, Stratford, and three brothers Ed, Joe and Alex Gilmar, all of Woodstock District."

Milverton Sun obit., Feb. 18, 1937


"(Haysville) A highly respected and esteemed resident of Wilmot Tp., Margaret Gilmar, wife of Isaac Bean, passed away at 6:30 o'clock last evening at her home, one and one-half miles south of this community. Mrs. Bean, who had been ill the past ten weeks with a heart condition, was in her 77th year. A d/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilmar, Wilmot pioneers, she lived all her life in this district and six years ago celebrated with her husband the diamond jubilee of their marriage. She was a faithful and active member of Bethel United church as well as her WCTU and the Haysville Women's Institute.

Surviving are her husband, one daughter, MRs. Mervin Facey of Blandford Tp., four sons, Arthur, Fred and Robert of Wilmot, Howard of Toronto, and ten grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. E. Langley of Stratford, and three brothers, Edward, Joseph and Alex Gilmar, all of Woodstock, also survive...."

KW Record obit. of Tues., Feb. 9, 1937



Descendant of Pioneer Family Dies in 77th Year

Beloved Wife of laaac Bean, Highly Esteemed in Wilmot Township, Succumbs to Heart Ailment.

(By Chronicle Correspondent) HAYSVILLE, Feb. 9.-A wide circle of friends in Wilmot township learned with sincere regret of the passing at her home at 6.30 o'clock on Monday evening of Margaret Gilmar, beloved wife of Isaac Bean, well known retired farmer, of near Haysville. Mrs. Bean, who had been quite ill for the past ten weeks, suffering trom a heart ailment slept peacefully away. She was in her 77th year.

The late Mrs. Bean was a descendent of one of the oldest ploneer families in the township. Her grand. father, Wm. Gilmar came from Ireland in 1840 and took up the farm known as the Gilmar homestead and now owned by Isalah Gingerich. Her father Robert Gilmar and mother (Mary Ann Lucas) were life- long residents of Wilmot township. She was married to Isaac Bean in 1881 and the couple celebrated their golden wedding six years ago. Mrs. Bean was a loyal and devoted member of the Bethel United Church and up to the time of her illness a faithful attendant. She was also much interested in Women's Institute and W.C.T.U. work.

There survive, her husband, one daughter, Laura (Mrs. Mervin Facey) of Blandford township, four sons, Alfred E., Fred and Robert of Wilmot, Howard at Toronto, and ten grand- children; also one sister, Mrs. E. Langley, Stratford and three brothers, Edward, Joseph and Alex Gilmar all of Woodstock.

Friends and relatives in large numbers attended the funeral held on Thursday afternoon. Private service was held at the home at two o'clock and public service at the Bethel church at 2.30 p.m. The pastor of the church preached an impressive sermon and appropriate music was contributed by the choir.

Interment was made in the adjoin- ing cemetery. Numerous floral tributes were sent by friends.

Waterloo Chronicle 12 Feb 1937 pg 6
Gilmar, Margaret (I15590)
278 "Marguerite Agnes Hauser Laschinger,b.July 4, 1905; d. Sept. 2, 1951. She graduated from Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, as a Registered Nurse. She married Stauffer C. Shantz of Baden while she was in nurse training and he was attending University of Toronto College of Dentistry. After he received his degree, they moved to Kitchener where he established a dental practice. They had three children, Nancy Caroline, Suzanne Elizabeth and Malcolm Barry."

A genealogical record of the descendants of Joseph Laschinger, Abraham Nash and Gwer Merner


"Mrs. Stauffer, C. Shantz, 46, of 783 Avondale Ave., died at the KW Hospital Sunday after a lengthy illness.

Born in New Hamburg, she was a d/o the late Jacob Lashinger and Sarah Elizabeth Nash. She attended Zion Evangelical United Brethren Church and was a member of the Granite Club and the Westmount Golf and Country Club.Mrs. Shantz was a registered nurse, a graduate of Toronto General Hospital.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Shantz; one son, Malcolm, and two daughters, Nancy and Suszanne, at home; three brothers, Russell and Elmer of Gilmer, Texas, and Ewart of Kingston; three sisters, Mrs. E. C. McIntyre and Mrs. A. Crampien of New Hamburg and Mrs. Ben Pollock of Gatlingburg, Tenn....Woodland Cemetery...."

KW Record obit. of Tues., Sept. 4, 1951
Laschinger, Margaret Agnes Hauser (I180729)
279 "Maria Magill Obituary - , ". 2022. Dignity Memorial. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/kitchener-on/maria-magill-6592571#remembering. Tezsak, Maria (I362628)
280 "MARTIN, Marjorie Fern -Peacefully, in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday, March 14, 2003,Marjorie Martin, in her 71st year. Predeceased by her parents, Llewellyn and Fern Roberts. Loving mother of Rancy of Lexington, S. Carolina and Terry and his wife Bettina of Berlin, Germany; cherished grandmother of Anton and Benjamin Martin, both of Berlin, Germany. Marjorie is also survived by her sister, Helen Black of Brantford...Cremation has taken place in S. Carolina... Roberts, Marjorie Fern (I190667)
281 "Mary Kunigunda Fisher was born in Berlin [Bavaria], Germany, on March 25th, 1840, the daughter of Margaret and Mathias Fisher. At seven years of age, she came with her parents to Canada. She was married to John Schneider at Karlsruhe, Canada, on June 15th, 1862. To this union ten children were born. These living are: Mary, Rosa, Adam, Lena, Philip, Frank and George. In October 1879 she moved with her family to the United States coming direct to Browerville and settling on a farm about three miles west of here where she lived until the time of her death. On February 16, 1918, she was taken suddenly with a paralytic stroke and hemorrhage of the brain and four days later passed quietly away. Funeral services were held from the St. Peter's Catholic Church on Saturday morning, February 24, at nine o'clock, and interment was made in the German Catholic Cemetery. Grandma Schneider, as she was generally known, was at the time of her death 77 years, 10 months, and 25 days of age. She was a good Christian wife, the mother of ten children, grandmother of twenty-eight children, and great-grandmother of eight children. She was a member of the Roman Catholic church and belonged to the Christian Mother's Society. Her death was the quiet and peaceful passing away of an aged woman, who went happily to meet her Maker, firm in the belief of a just and good reward."

Fischer, Mary Kunigunde "Kunigunde" (I236593)
282 "McKenzie.- Clara, died at Sunnyside Home, Kitchener, Ont., Feb. 19, 1979; aged 89 y. She was married to John McKenzie, who preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 daughters (Marguerite and Mrs. Mary Deveau) and a number of grandchildren. Four brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont. Funeral services were held at Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, Feb. 22, in charge of Glenn Brubacher; interment will be made in Geiger Mennonite Cemetery.

Gospel Herald, April 1979 
Shantz, Clara (I19430)
283 "Miss Anna R. Bean, local musician and organist, died on May 6th 1944. She was born at Washington, Ontario, the daughter of David Bean and his wife, Mary Ann Fry. Miss Bean was educated at the Elmira Public School where her father was principal.As she had shown unusual aptitude for music she studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music under the late Dr. A. S. Vogt, where she received the degree of A.T.C.M. From early years she was a church organist at the Methodist Church in Elmira and, on moving to Waterloo, she was appointed to the console of First United Church. After graduation she taught musicin the Twin City and in Elmira. In 1921 she took up residence in Kitchener and for several years served as organist and choir leader at Zion Evangelical Church and at Benton Street Baptist Church. She later returned to First United Church, Waterloo, as director of the choir and organist. To further her musical knowledge, Miss Bean took post graduate courses at the conservatories in Boston and Chicago. Her relaxation washer music and many vacations were spent attending summer courses at Chatauqua, N.Y. Miss Bean was always deeply interested in the musical life of the community and was actively associated with various musical organizations, such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Music Club, the Philharmonic Concert Association and the Women's Canadian Club. Surviving are two brothers, D. Alex. Bean of Kitchener and Clive S. of Toronto; also two sisters, Mrs. D. B. (Blanche) Musselman of Regina and Miss Emma L. Bean of Kitchener." Bean, Annie Regina (I342466)
284 "Miss Edith Bean, who resided with her sister, Mrs. Christian Johansen, RR2 Petersburg, died Tuesday at the KW Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 67. Miss Bean was born in New Hamburg and was a member of Trinity United Church.

Surviving are two brothers, Elden H. Bean of Kitchener and Melvin H. Bean of London, Ont.; and two sisters, Mrs. Albert Smith of Grand Prairie, Alta. and Mrs. Johansen...."

KW Record obit. of Wed., Jan. 2, 1952


Miss Edith Bean

The death occurred on Tuesday at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital of Miss Edith Bean at the age of 67 years, following a lengthy illness. Miss Bean was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bean and was born on the farm now owned by Mr. Samuel Wagler on the Gravel Road, two miles west of New Hamburg. She resided with her sister, Mrs. Christian Johansen, in Wilmot township near Mannheim, and was a member of Trinity United Church, Kitchener. Surviving are two brothers, Eldon H. Bean, Kitchener, and Melvin H. Bean, London, and two sisters, Mrs. Albert Smith, Grande Prairie, Alta., and Mrs. Johansen.

Funeral services were held at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, Kitchener, on Thursday afternoon with Rev O. P. Hossie in charge. Interment was in Lingelbach Cemetery on the highway west of New Hamburg.

New Hamburg Independent, January 4, 1952
Bean, Edith (I6245)
285 "Miss Elizabeth Bean, 81, of 119 Lydia St., died early today at KW Hospital as a result of a stroke suffered Nov. 30, 1959.

Born June 24, 1878 in Wilmot Tp., she was a dau. of the late Mr. and Mrs.Noah Bean. She had lived in Kitchener for the past 30 years and attended Bethany United Missionary Church.

Surviving are a brother, Simon Bean of Ceylon, Sask., and two sisters, Mrs. Earle (Salome) Drewery of Stouffville and Miss Susan Bean of Kitchener. She was predeceased by a brother and sister...."

KW Record obit. of Sat., Apr. 9, 1960 
Bean, Elizabeth "Lizzie" (I19434)
286 "Miss Emma Bean, who taught music in Waterloo and Kitchener for many years, died Sat. after a lengthy illness, aged 72 years. Born in Elmira, she was a d/o the late Mr. and Mrs. David Bean.

Surviving are two brothers, Clive S. Bean, Toronto, and D. A. Bean, Kitchener; and one sister, Mrs. D. B. (Blanche) Musselman, Regina, Sask. She was predeceased by a sister, Anna R. Bean, and a brother Roy S. Bean..."

KW Record obit. of Mon., Apr. 28, 1952 
Bean, Emma Louise (I42352)
287 "More than a Pool in the Woods.", Julie Schnurr Kerr, Robert James (I107601)
288 "Moulder Watson's Factory" Anderson, Osgood (I154891)
289 "Mr. Chas Wilken, mason and contractor is an Elmira boy. He has a large patronage and has erected houses in Elmira, the mason work on which would be a credit to any city." [picture in original]

Enterprising Elmira 1903


House for Sale in Elmira: (see add) ... a quick sale desired, as I wish to move to Berlin. Chas. Wilken, Elmira

Elmira Signet 23 Aug 1906


"Mr. Chas. Wilken has returned from Berlin and is again prepared to take contracts for mason work."3a

3aElmira Signet 23 Aug 1906


"Mr. Chas. Wilken and his men have finished the brickwork on the new fire hall and the work presents a good appearance. The late rainy spell delayed the carpenter work."4a

4aElmira Advertisier, October 24, 1912


Mr. Wilken buys Mr. Schumaker's home. Mr. Martin Schumaker has sold his fine residence on Mill Street to Mr. Charles Wilken of Elmira. Mr. Wilken will take possession April 1st. Before he took up farming, Mr. Wilken was a mason contractor... He did the mason work on the residence he has purchased from Mr. Schumaker5a

5aElmira Signet, March 11, 1920


Mr. Chas. Wilken, mason and contractor is an Elmira boy. He has a large patronage and has erected houses in Elmira the mason work on which would be a credit to any city.

Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903. 
Wilken, Charles Albert (I96657)
290 "Mr. Christman was born in Elmira, Ontario on March 22, 1876. He came to Denver 27 years ago and had lived here since. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 80 A.F. and A.M. He is survived by his wife and a daughter of Denver, his mother, Mrs. Jane Christman, and a sister, Agnes, of Elmira. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at the Olinger Mortuary, Speer boulevard and Sherman street. Burial will be in Fairmont Cemetery."


Mother Bereaved Twice In Few Days

News Of Death of Last Surviving Member of Family Held Back For Fear of Too Great a Shock

The two last surviving children of Mrs. Jane Christman's family of seven children, passed away within several days of each other. Word was received this week of the death and burial of her son Philip H. Christman at Denver, Colorado, following a paralytic stroke. He was widely known in mercantile circles there. Mrs. Christman was informed of the son's death this week. Word of the death of her daughter, Agnes Christman, who was well-known in town, reached here on Tuesday but was not passed on to Mrs. Christman immediately for fear that news of the deaths of her last two children within such a short time of each other and so sudden would be too much.

The funeral service of Miss Agnes Christman was held at 10: 30 Thursday morning from the Dreisinger Funeral home. Interment was made in the family plot, in Elmira. Rev. J. Ure Stewart conducted the funeral services.

The account of the death of Philip Christman as recorded in a Denver paper was as follows:

Mr. Christman was born in Elmira, Ontario, on March 22, 1876. He came to Denver, 27 years ago and had lived here since. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, No. 84 A.F. and A.M. He is survived by his wife and a daughter of Denver, his mother, Mrs. Jane Christman, and a sister, Agnes of Elmira. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday after at the Olinger Mortuary, Speer boulevard and Sherman street. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery."

The death of Miss Agnes Christman took place at the Old People's Home in Kitchener. Deceased was born in Elmira on Sept. 13, 1872. Her death followed a short illness of flu which later developed into pneumonia. On Monday she expressed a wish to have her mother come to see her, but owing to Mrs. Christman's age, which is nearly 90, it was thought advisable for her not to go.

1aElmira Signet 
Christman, Philip H. (I97210)
291 "Mr. Hubert Gilles, while at Preston, took a great interest in religious affairs, and acted as catechist, teacher and held lay services when there was no priest present."...."While the school building [Preston], a log edifice, was in course of construction, Hubert Gilles taught school in his mother's house. Mr. Blasius Beisang was the second teacher, and then Mr. Gilles returned from a Woolwich school to teach two years more in Preston."..."Hubert Gilles, who taught in the beginning in his mother's house; 2. Blassius Beysang; 3. Hubert Gilles again for about two years;"

With a Summary History of the Dioceses of Hamilton, Book II, and a List of the Clergy Who Labored In Its district from the Beginning to the Present, Book III. By Rev. Theobald Spetz, C.R., D.D. 1916 
Gilles, Hubert (I243120)
292 "Mr. Jas. G. Watson continues very sick."

Ayr News; Ayr, Ont., Thursday, May 20, 1915



Old and Respected Resident Passed Away Sunday, After Lingering Illness

Although not unexpected, the death of James Gibb Watson, which occurred on Sunday about noon time came as a distinct shock to the whole community. Deceased, who was in his 74th year, had been ailing for [near] a year with a disease which gradually sap[p]ed his strength, until death released him.

His presence will be much missed by a host of friends and acquaintances, who always found in him a good friend, with many sterling qualities and a never-failing cheerfulness of manner, coupled with a ready wit.

Deceased was born near Glasgow, Scotland, and when 10 years of age came to Canada with his parents, settling in Hamilton. Here he learned the trade of moulding with his father. After living in Hamilton for about 8 years he resided in Galt for a short time and then came on to Ayr. He here went into the late James Somerville's printing office to learn the printing, going from this place to Simcoe and then to Otterville [?], finishing his trade in the office of the late John Sanfield McDonald.

For quite a number of years he then travelled through the United States working at his trade. when the Civil War broke out he joined the Northern army, becoming a member of the 12th New York Cavalry. During the war he was in many important battles and had the good fortune to come out unscratched, with the exception of 2 sight wounds.

He arrived back in Ayr shortly before the Fenian Raid took place and during that stirring period joined the local company as Lieutenant. His company received orders to mobilize at New Hamburg which they did, but at the end of two weeks were ordered back to Ayr; the Fenians having been defeated.

He started the Ayr Herald in 1867, and published a splendid paper for two or three years when he disposed of his plant. From then until when he started a grocery store on Stanley Street, he was connected with the John Watson Mfg. co. for the greater part of his time.

He was the oldest Oddfellow in this district, having completed nearly 10 years of Oddfellowship, and was the second D.D.G.M. to be elected for this district. In politics he was a Liberal of the old school and in religion a Presbyterian.

In 1867, he married Sarah Bishop who survives him. He is also survived by three daughters and two sons who are: Mrs. Geo. Hamilton, Toronto: Mrs. R. Harmer, Ayr: Mrs. E.S. Strachan, Winnipeg, and A.G. Watson, Ayr and W.D. Watson, Camrose, Alta. One brother Wm. A. Watson of Moosejaw, and one sister, Mrs. R. Chisholm of Ayr also survive.

The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon and was attended by practically everyone in the village and a goodly number from the country. Both the Watson and Hilborn factories closed down for the afternoon, as well as most of the stores during the hours of the funeral. Members of Dolman Lodge, I.O.O.F., to the number of 35 or 40, accompanied by D.D.G.M. Aver of Paris attended the funeral in a body and marched with the cortege to the cemetery. The services were in charge of Rev. J.J. Brown, assisted by Rev. Dr. Thomson and Rev. S. Edwards. The pall bearers were: Messrs John Anderson, W.A. Ramsay, C. McGeorge, C.K. Morton, R. Gemmell and R. Cuthbertson.

The Ayr News; Ayr, Ont., Thursday, June 24, 1915 
Watson, James Gibb (I58609)
293 "Mr. Theodore Urtell of Berlin made the application to council for payment of $5 as damages for dislocation of his wife's thumb caused by accidentally falling through a defect in the sidewalks of Elmira. Council took no action."

The Elmira Fair Dealer, May 26, 1960



The undersigned wishes to announce to the public of Elmira and surrounding vicinity that he has bought from Mr. Harry Weitzel, the Elmira Bakery, where he will in future carry on the business. He would ask Mr. Weitzel's customers to transfer their trade to him and he will do his best to please them. A trial from new customer's also solicited. T. H. URTEL

Elmira Advertiser, August 11, 1906 
Urtel, Theodore Herman (I39035)
294 "Mr. William March and wife, for many years residents of Galt, leave tomorrow to take up their future residence in Edinburgh, Scotland"

Galt Reporter, 17 June 1870, p. 2 
March, Captain William (I255229)
295 "Mrs. A. E. Bennett, Erb street, Waterloo, today received word of the death of her brother-in-law William H. Baetz at Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Ohio. The funeral will be held in Elmira Monday afternoon at three o'clock from the Dreisinger Funeral Parlor."

KW Record obit. of Fri., Sept. 30, 1938

"Word was received here today of the death of W. H. Baetz in Cleveland. Mr. Baetz was born in this district and many years ago moved to Cleveland where he conducted a successful business. He had not been in good health for some time and was in his 73rd year.

He was married to Miss Emma Weber of Elmira who survives. An adopted son was killed in the Great War.....Elmira Cemetery."

KW Record obit. of Fri., Sept. 30, 1938 
Baetz, William H. (I114771)
296 "Mrs. Agnes Biehn, 84, of Chesley, died Friday in Chesley Hospital.

Born in Chesley, she was a d/o the late Mr./Mrs. John H. Elliot. She had lived here all her life except for a few years in Windsor. She was a member of Geneva Presbyterian Church, and was a charter member of Chesley Women's Institute. Her husband, Dr. Charles E. Biehn, to whom she was married in Chesley in 1902, died 18 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Telford Biehn of Sarnia and Walter of Georgetown; two daughters, Mrs. J.E. (Margaret) Start of Windsor and Mrs. John (Isabel) Oswald of Chesley; one sister, Mrs. S. D. (Annie) Van Camp of Toronto, and 8 grandchildren....Chesley Cemetery.

KW Record obit. of Sat., July 20, 1963 
Biehn, Charles Edwin (I15489)
297 "Mrs. Albert R. Smith, 67,of Wembley, Alta., died Thurs. in Edmonton General Hospital. The former Selena Bean, she was a d/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bean of New Hamburg.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Elmer (Irene) Harder of Wembley, and Mrs. Albert (Marjory) Thompson of Hythe, Alta.; one brother, Melvin of London, Ont.; one sister, Mrs. C. R. (Mary) Johansen of RR2 Petersburg; and 6 grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted Saturday at Lake Saskatoon, Alta."

KW Record obit. of Tues., Feb. 16, 1954 
Bean, Selena (I6192)
298 "Mrs. Alex Lederman, nee Nellie Shingler, passed away at her home in Baden on Thursday in her 37thyear. She was born in Elgin County, the d/o Mr. and Mrs. Fream Shingler.

Surviving are her husband, her mother, seven children, Dorothy, George, Ruby, Harold, Helen, Russell and Gladys; one brother James of Fingall, and three sisters, Mrs. Rose Covil and Mrs. Ida Fulginson of St. Thomas and Mrs. Sadie Soditch of Pontiac, Michigan....Fairmount Cemetery, Baden."

KW Record obit. of Sat., June 8, 1935 
Shingler, Nellie (I245041)
299 "Mrs. Charles A. Siebert, 82, of RR1 Petersburg, died Sunday night at KW Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Wilmot Tp., she was the former Frances Hilgartner, a d/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilgartner. She married Charles A. Siebert in Wilmot Tp. in 1906. She was a member of Wilmot Centre Evangelical United Brethren Church and of the WSWS of the church.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Leland of Petersburg and Richard of New Hamburg; and one daughter, Mrs. Wilfred (Marjorie) Schiedel of Petersburg. There are seven grandchildren.

Also surviving are one brother, Alvin Hilgartner of Binbrook. Four brothers and five sisters predeceased her.....Wilmot Centre Cemetery...."

KW Record obit. of Mon., Nov. 12, 1956 
Hillgartner, Frances (I122653)
300 "Mrs. Elizabeth Bean, 87, widow of the late Owen Bean, died at her home, 78 Francis Street North, yesterday after a lengthy illness. She was born in Wilmot Township April 29, 1857, dau. of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thomson. She was a member of Trinity United Church and a life member of the Women's Missionary Society of that church.

She is survived by an only daughter (Mabel) Mrs. Harry Cornish, and one brother, David Thomson of Clarkston, Washington...."

KW Record obit,of Apr. 1, 1944 
Thomson, Elizabeth "Lizzie" (I185583)

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