Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Addison C. Moyer

Addison C. Moyer[1]

Male 1874 - 1929  (55 years)

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  • Name Addison C. Moyer 
    Born 1 Mar 1874  St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Website photograph 
    Occupation 1891  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Spinner 
    Religion 1891  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Photographer 
    Occupation 1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Photographer, Photo Gallery 
    Religion 1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number 00027-2029.2 
    Died 9 Nov 1929  [5
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I113491  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Johann Bernhardt "Barney" Moyer,   b. 22 Mar 1847, Rochester, Monroe, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1913  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Rachel Cress,   b. 1 Oct 1850, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1925  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1872  St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F28765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda Helene Klem,   b. 5 Feb 1875, Centreville (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1958  (Age 83 years) 
    Children 
     1. Victor Moyer,   b. 18 Jul 1903, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1969  (Age 66 years)
     2. Russell Moyer,   b. Feb 1908, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F11483  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Addison Moyer hold the reins
    Addison Moyer hold the reins
    Back row, second from left is Mathilda Klem (later Mrs. Addison Moyer). Addison C. Moyer is holding the reins. All others are unidentified. From the Waterloo Public Library
    Addison C. Moyer
    Addison C. Moyer
    mathman2 originally shared this to Ancestry Public Member Tree

  • Notes 
    • Addison C. Moyer The work of Addison C. Moyer has likely found its way into more homes than any other local artist. As the first and only professional photographer in Waterloo for many years, Moyer captured images that are touchstones of Waterloo's history. Hundreds of early Waterloo settlers would have sat in his portrait studio on King Street. Within ten years, Moyer had become quickly established a reputation for producing beautiful family portraits and images of the local landscape. In 1906 it was written: "His work is classed among the best produced in the county, and as a photographer of outside views his services are in frequent requisition . . . the excellence of his work brings patrons from all over the county." Moyer was born in St. Jacobs in 1874 and moved to Waterloo to set up his business in 1895 at the age of twenty-one. He had become fascinated by the emerging technology of photography at a young age and "the further he delved into the mysteries of the art the more interested he became." His first camera was a small Kodak with which "he produced some very creditable pictures." In a 1902 advertisement for a Waterloo singing festival, Moyer promoted himself as an artist. "A good photo of yourself and friends will be a fine remembrance of the big time you had at Waterloo on the big Saengerfest," he wrote. "My facilities for turning out first-class photos in my new studio in Letter's Block are unexcelled." He soon became a prominent businessman and by 1912 began serving the community as a councilor. He remained on council for about seven years and in 1916 he became the deputy reeve for a year. Moyer was also involved in the community as a member of a fraternal organization called the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a service group whose origins date back to mid-eighteenth century England. Addison Moyer, who died on November 7, 1929 at his William Street home, was fortunate to be involved in a profession where technology was developing at a fast pace. In 1908, at the height of his career, a written history of Waterloo highlighted his work: "The good photographer is every whit as much an artist as the individual who uses only brushes and paints, and people are beginning to wake up to that fact more and more every day." Note: In the photograph above, taken by Addison Moyer, the photographer himself is at the left side of the photo, wearing a bowler hat.

      Waterloo Public Library https://www.wpl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/moyer_addison.pdf

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I 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..., 471.

    2. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Division 1 Page Number 52 Household Number 246.

    3. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-6 Page 1.

    4. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 1 Page 52.

    5. [S192] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Mount Hope CC#4500 Internet Link.
      Moyer/ Addison Moyer/ 1874-1929/ his wife/ Matilda Klem/ 1875-1958

    6. [S366] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1911, Div. 45 Pg. 2.

    7. [S1821] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1891, Section 3 Page 38.

    8. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Mar 1874 - St. Jacobs, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Spinner - 1891 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Photographer - 1901 - Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Photographer, Photo Gallery - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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