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William Valores "Ben" Uttley

William Valores "Ben" Uttley

Male 1865 - 1944  (79 years)

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  • Name William Valores "Ben" Uttley 
    Born 1 Jan 1865  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Editor 
    Elected Office 1905  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1905-07, 1910-12, 1917-19
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Waterloo Region Hall of Fame  
    • William "Ben" Uttley in 1893 bought the struggling Berlin Daily Telegraph and two months later launched the Daily Record , now the Record.

      Born in Elmira, he was educated at the local public school, the Berlin High School and the Toronto Business College. He began his active newspaper work with the St. Louis, Missouri, Chronicle.

      Uttley was intensely interested in civic affairs and served as a member of the city council. He was one of the charter members of the Waterloo Historical Society, collected much historical data and published a History of Kitchener in 1939.

      In 1919 he sold the News Record to W.D. Euler and W.J. Motz and returned to Elmira where he purchased the Elmira Signet.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Hall of Fame
    Name Ben Uttley 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Printer Manager 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Presbyterian 
    Residence 20 Ellen St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-127128P 
    Died 26 May 1944  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I127128  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Father Samuel S. Uttley,   b. 23 Dec 1837, Wheatacre, , Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1921, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Mary Baxter Taylor,   b. 1 Nov 1836, , Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1915, Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 5 Dec 1862  Paisley Block, Wellington Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Mathews,   b. 8 Jan 1867, Great Rissington, Great Rissington, , Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Sep 1889  Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Vera Pansy Uttley,   b. 17 Oct 1890, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Kathleen Mary Uttley,   b. 21 Jan 1905, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1993, Southampton, Saugeen Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F8441  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    William V. Uttley
    William V. Uttley
    Berlin, Canada : a self portrait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One : being a printing of the complete text of Berlin: celebration of cityhood, a volume published in 1912 by the German Printing and Publishing Co. of Berlin, Limited, and of various other documents

  • Notes 
    • "William "Ben" Uttley in 1893 bought the struggling Berlin Daily Telegraph and two months later launched the Daily Record , now the Record.

      Born in Elmira, he was educated at the local public school, the Berlin High School and the Toronto Business College. He began his active newspaper work with the St. Louis, Missouri, Chronicle.

      Uttley was intensely interested in civic affairs and served as a member of the city council. He was one of the charter members of the Waterloo Historical Society, collected much historical data and published a History of Kitchener in 1939.

      In 1919 he sold the News Record to W.D. Euler and W.J. Motz and returned to Elmira where he purchased the Elmira Signet."

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      In his eightieth year, William V. Uttley, passed away at his home in Elmira on Thursday evening, May 25th. Up until the past few months he had enjoyed very good health, but recently he began to fail, until his passing this week. For the past twenty-five years was a continuous resident of Elmira and he was a familiar figure about town as he enjoyed taking long walks daily when the weather was fine.

      Born in Elmira, Jan. 1, 1865, he received his early education in Kitchener and went through as a school teacher and taught for three years at Doon. At this time he entered the newspaper business with the old Berlin Publishing Company and later was its editor. It was through his efforts and business administration The News-Record became a daily newspaper twenty-five years ago.

      In 1919 he sold out his controlling interest in the News-Record and came to Elmira to live and on Dec. 1st, 1919 he purchased the Elmira Signet from George Klinck and became editor and proprietor of his home town newspaper. He retained the Signet only for a few years and sold out to Mr. Kester. Since that time he has lived retired.

      He was an outstanding writer in his time and through all his years of retirement was intensely interested in newspaper work and development. His writing ability during retirement was chiefly directed to collecting historical data. He compiled and published a history of Kitchener which has been used as a reference book by many, tracing early historical events. An original member of the Waterloo Historical Society much credit can be given to the late Mr. Uttley for its present high standing and collection of historical data.

      A Mason for fifty years, he was signally honoured the week previous to his death by being presented with a fifty-year membership jewel by members of the Grand Valley Lodge, Kitchener. A fitting ceremony had been planned by the lodge but due to Mr. Uttley's very poor health at the time, he was unable to attend.

      The late Mr. Uttley was popularly known about Elmira as "Ben" and held in the highest esteem by a host of friends both young and old. While living to eighty years of age, he kept in close touch with world affairs and as well read on many subjects. Except for his hearing, he was in possession of all his faculties to the last. One fact might be mentioned which was a characteristic of the man was that his word once given in trust was strictly adhered to, as this seemed to be a very important side of his character. While engaged in newspaper work in Kitchener, he took an active interest in the city's welfare and served on the city council for a number of terms.

      Those left to mourn their loss are his wife, formerly Sara Matthews of Doon; two daughters, Mrs. B.H. (Vera) Tanner, of Toronto and Mrs. Harry (Kathleen) Weichel of Elmira; one grandchild and two sisters, Miss A. Uttley of Kitchener and Mrs. Mary Parr of Detroit.

      Funeral services were conducted from Dreisinger's Funeral Chapel on Monday afternoon with Rev. F. Malinsky of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating.

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-5 page 12.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      William Uttley Born: (Elmira) Ont Age: 24 Father: Samuel Uttley Mother: Mary Uttley Born: abt 1865 Spouse: Sarah Matthews Age: 22 born: England Father: John Matthews Mother: Mary Baker married 11 Sep 1889

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div.. 20 Page 2.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jan 1865 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Sep 1889 - Doon (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Editor - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1905 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Waterloo Region Hall of Fame - - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer Manager - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 May 1944 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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