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Dr. - Mayor John Emil Hett

Dr. - Mayor John Emil Hett

Male 1870 - 1956  (86 years)

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  • Name John Emil Hett 
    Prefix Dr. - Mayor 
    Born 2 May 1870  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kitchener,Hett,J.E.residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,Hett,J.E.residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Residence of J. E. Hett MD - From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Residence 1902  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Public Service 1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Public School Board 
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Residence 1906  115 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Physican 
    Residence 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office 1913  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    mayor - councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1913, 1915-16 (Mayor)
    Author 1943 
    Cancer, Its Causes and Prevention and New Treatment 
    • Cancer, Its Causes and Prevention and New Treatment
      John Emil Hett
      American Distributing Company, 1943 - Cancer - 206 pages
    Interesting building, public service, politics, paranormal 
    Name J. E. Hett 
    Name J. E. Hett 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-130928P 
    Died 25 Sep 1956  Windsor, Essex Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I130928  Generations
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2022 

    Father Johann B. "John" Hett,   b. 9 Nov 1829, Bernsburg, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1911, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Eva Elizabeth Heller,   b. 15 Jan 1833, Udenhausen, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1852  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Family ID F32278  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The MCC [Mennonite Central Committe 223 King St. E., Kitchener] House was owned by Dr. J. Hett, a cancer specialist and a spiritualist, and the building was shared with him. A separate entrance led into the doctor's office . One room on the second floor served as his bedroom and another room was reserved for seances.

      Mennogespräch, Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario March, 1989, Vol. 7, No. 1

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      According to the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Dr. Hett was registered with the College on May 29, 1891. His name was erased from their register as of April 16, 1937, and restored by order of the Council on April 2, 1938. An item in the New York Times, September 26, 1956, stated that Dr. Hett's name was erased from the register when he refused to divulge the formula for a serum that he insisted would cure arthritis, diabetes, peptic ulcers and cancer. . . In 1938, he was reinstated after he allowed a special Provincial Government inquiry to check the formula. It was found to be medically harmless, but of unproved value.

      CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians Volume 12, Issue 3, Article first published online: 30 DEC 2008

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      "Dr. J. E. Hett purchased the first automobile owned by a Berlin resident"

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      King Street, Kitchener

      Benton to Eby Street.-Successive occupation was as follows: From Benton Street easterward, before 1855, a one-story brick building with gable facing King Street was erected at the corner and used by Jacob Benner as blacksmith shop. Later Benner moved to West Montrose and the next occupant was Valentine Gildner and after him his son John Gildner . This blacksmith shop continued until comparatively recent years. A frame building painted white, with veranda in front, was Gildner s residence..

      Vacant lot.

      A tinsmith shop owned by Mr. Lehnen . This had a nice front with two good-sized glass windows on either side of the door.

      A dwelling house built by Henry Rothaermel 1848-9. He was a carpenter and later was market clerk and tax collector.

      A lane.

      A one and one-half story building, with gable facing King Street and a verandah extending over the sidewalk, occupied by a Mr. Coleman 1855-1860. Adjoining it was a warehouse. The store passed to Coleman's son and then to John Kegel. Later John George Schmidt, shoemaker, occupied the building.

      A lane.

      A double, frame building about 50 feet along King St.; the east half used as a dwelling had a veranda; the west half was occupied by Charles Koehn, shoemaker.

      Open space.

      Dwelling of Gabriel Bowman, carpenter, who built the house.

      A one and one-half story building occupied by Balzar Allendorf, a coverlet weaver, about 1840. Allendorf later moved to New Hamburg. There was a veranda at the front of the house and under it a well. Cattle ran at large in the streets at this time and one Sunday afternoon a steer got on the veranda floor, which was partly rotted, broke through, fell into the well and had to be pulled out by means of a windlass. The building was torn down later.

      frame building ocupied by Henry Sippel, former employee of Allendorf, as a weaver's shop.

      In 1855 there was a frame building one and one-half story high along King Street divided into two parts, one part a dwelling and the other part a hat shop, owned by John Kidder, who made felt hats and old-fashioned bonnets. The shop was a few steps above the sidewalk level.

      A dwelling.

      A one and one-half story frame building lengthwise with King street occupied by a widow, Mrs. Caroline Lehnen.

      A driveway.

      A two story brick building with gable toward King Street, occupied by J. J. Lehnen, son of the widow Lehnen, as a copper and tinsmith shop and a store. Lehnen made his own tinware. Later Jacob Doebler occupied this building as a bakery.

      A one and one-half story frame building with gable toward King Street occupied by George Yantz, a cabinet maker. He had a tavern in this same building for a time, and lived there.

      In the early years a garden.

      A small shop with sloping roof used by Christian Enslin as a book store and book-bindery, the first book-bindery in Berlin Enslm arrived in Berlin about 1830. Jacob Stroh remembers going with his father to the store to buy school supplies. Enslin later was editor, for Henry Eby, the publisher, of the Deutsche Canadier which began publication in 1840.

      Enslin's House, one-half story, frame, standing lengthwise with King Street and having a veranda over the door, was on the site of Dr. Hetts present office and house. At the rear there was an orchard.

      About 60 feet back of King Street there was a house built by Henry Eby. Shubel Randall, brother of George Randall, lived in it later. In 1860 the building was destroyed by fire and a servant girl Dina Hertz, perished in the flames. The walls remaining standing, the house was re-built, and is still in use.

      A brick building, abutting on King Street with gable facing the street, was Henry Eby's printing office. The main floor was she or seven feet above the sidewalk level. In 1860 this building was changed to a church and was the first Anglican Church in Berlin.

      A frame building, one end of which was used by Henry Bowman as a general store; he lived in the other end. This was known as the Bowman building. Later William Stein had a tailor shop in it and after him William Thoms used it as a shoe repair shop.

      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930


  • Sources 
    1. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 51.

    2. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      John Emil Hett Date of Birth: 2 May 1870 Gender: Male Birth County: Waterloo Father's Name: John B Hett (builder of Berlin) Mother's Name: Eva Elizabeth Heller

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 33 Pg. 9.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Sect. 2 Page 13.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Golden Wedding - October 2, 1902.

    6. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev. Fr. Wilh. Wunderlich, Rev. return 232.
      John Hett married Eva Elizabeth Hiller 28 Sep 1852, wit: Hartman Schnare & wife.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 May 1870 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1902 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Berlin Public School Board - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1906 - 115 King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Physican - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - mayor - councillor - Kitchener - 1913 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Sep 1956 - Windsor, Essex Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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