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Jacob Ritz

Jacob Ritz[1, 2]

Male Cal 1842 - 1886  (~ 43 years)

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  • Name Jacob Ritz 
    Born CALC 27 Dec 1842  Petersheim, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Printer 
    Residence 1861  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1861  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1868  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1871  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Printer 
    Ritz Printers mural 2014
    Ritz Printers mural 2014
    New Hamburg
    Business 1877  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Canadisches Volksblatt - Newspaper 
    NewHamburg-CanadischesVolksblatt-Advert1877.jpg
    NewHamburg-CanadischesVolksblatt-Advert1877.jpg
    The County of Waterloo Gazetteer and Directory for 1877-78. Published by Armstrong & Co., Toronto, Ontario 1878
    Interesting publishing, printer, burial, story 
    Occupation 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Printer 
    Residence 1881  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1886  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Publisher of the Volksblatt 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-149808 
    Died 11 Dec 1886  New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cause: Heart Disease 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I149808  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 

    Father Jacob Ritz,   b. 4 Dec 1816, Konken, , Rheinland-Pfalz [Bavaria], Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1905, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Maria Elisabetha "Elizabeth" Schneider,   b. 1821, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1900, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 3 Feb 1842  Konken, , Rheinland-Pfalz [Bavaria], Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F31090  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maria "Maria" Boeckner,   b. 1 Jun 1851, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1868  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    Children 
     1. Robert Ewald Ritz,   b. 2 Jun 1869, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Otto Jakob Ritz,   b. CALC 14 Jun 1871,   d. 7 Aug 1878, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
     3. Herman John Ritz,   b. 1872, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Camilla Ritz,   b. 13 Jan 1875, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Meta Augusta Ritz,   b. 10 Sep 1876, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1944  (Age 67 years)
     6. Johannah "Hannah" Ritz,   b. 8 Oct 1879, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Emil Otto Ritz,   b. 15 Jul 1881, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957  (Age 75 years)
     8. Arno William Ritz,   b. 25 Oct 1884, New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F37488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Pressprich and Ritz, publishers (O. Pressprich and J. Ritz). The former gentleman was born in Saxony, 1833, and the latter in Bavaria in 1842. Mr. Pressprich is Reeve of the municipality, and Secretary of the Board of School Trustees was for several years a Councillor of the village. Owns village property, valued at $2,000.

      Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881 (Village of New Hamburg entries)

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      Description: obit translated:
      Canadische Volksblatt, December 15, 1886


      With Death departed

      On the 11th of December, Jakob Ritz, co-distributer of this paper. The deceased was born the 27th December 1842 in Petersheim, district Cusel in the Rheinkreis, Kingdom of Bavaria. Shortly after his confirmation he emigrated in the year 1855 with his parents to America. Within the same year he entered an apprenticeship as printer with the departed Mr. Doctor Boullee and thereafter with Mr. Joachim Kalbfleisch, editor of "Bauernfreund" (farmer's friend) in Waterloo.

      On the 8th of December 1868 he entered into the state of holy matrimony with Miss Marie Bockner of New Hamburg, where he was for some time Foreman in the print shop of Mr. Otto Pressprich [unreadable] later with lastly in [unreadable] met. From his marriage [his wife gave] him 8 children of which one in the year 1878 preceded him into the hereafter. Even though he appeared to be of robust constitution he suffered for some extended time from a heart ailment. Always upbeat and friendly in dealings with his fellow men, no one could have predicted his untimely end.

      Last Friday he was accompanied by his wife while handling business dealings in the neighboring city of Tavistock but already felt himself unwell.

      Last Saturday late morning he wanted to return to work however stopped to speak with Mr. Doctor Schmidt because he was feeling worse. The doctor suggested that instead of going to work he should get himself to bed, which he did. In the evening at 6 o'clock he was a corpse. One can only imagine the sorrow of the family and the surprise of the citizens of New Hamburg as the news went from mouth to mouth: Jakob Ritz has died. His burial took place on Tuesday the 14th of December at 2 o'clock in the afternoon with an unusually large attendance of his many friends from near and far at the city cemetery of New Hamburg.
      Those of you that walk in mourning
      Farewell you dear friends
      Whatever blows down from above
      Will comfort the Lord's congregation.
      Don't cry over the fancy appearance,
      Only above it can be eternal.
      Don't cry that I want
      From this world to take my leave,
      That I want to leave this confusion,
      Leave the shadows, leave the limelight,
      Leave the vain conceit, leave this nothing,
      Into the land of eternal light.
      He who has fallen asleep reached the age of 43 years, 11 months and 14 days and left behind other than his sorrowing widow and 7 children, also his parents and 8 brothers and 2 sisters.

      _________________

      Our old and esteemed friend Jacob Ritz, of the Hamburg Volksblatt, passed away very suddenly on Saturday last. On the previous day he had been paying a visit to some friends in Tavistock and on his return complained of a slight illness but nothing serious was thought of the matter. On Saturday morning, however, he grew worse and a physician was called in who prescribed for him and left instructions that he was to be sent for again in case any change took place. Early in the evening Ritz was noticed to be laboring severely and the physician was sent for, but before his arrival the vital spark had fled. The funeral services took place on Tuesday last, nearly the entire population of the village turning out to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased. Nith Lodge, I.O.O.F., of which Mr. Ritz was an active member, turned out to assist at the services.

      A very strange circumstance in connection with this sad affair was that the face of the corpse bore such a life-like look and all the appearances of the body were so natural that the family refused to have him interred that day. On Wednesday all hope of a return to life was given up and the remains were quietly deposited in mother earth at 10 a.m., only a few of the more intimate personal friends of the family being present.

      Galt Reporter Dec 17 1886 pg 1

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 22 Aug 1878.
      Died 7 Aug 1878 In New Hamburg, Otto Jakob, son of Jakob Ritz, co-editor of the "Volksblatt", at the age of 7 years, 1 month and 24 days

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 17 Dec 1868.
      Married 8 Dec 1868 By Rev. Rally, New Hambrug, Jacob Reitz, foreman in "Volksblat" printing shop was married to Maria Boeckner, both of New Hamburg.

    3. [S250] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1871, Page 49.

    4. [S251] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1881, New Hamburg 1881 Page 31.

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 16 Dec 1886.
      Dec. 11, 1886 Jakob Ritz Jr. died in New Hamburg, at age of 43 years, 11 months and 14 days. He was the publisher of the "Volksblatt".

    6. [S1868] Census - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - 1861, Div. 1 Pg. 4.

    7. [S1885] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1861, Waterloo 1861 Dist. 1 Page 2.

    8. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Jacob Rietz, 26, res. New Hamburg, b. Petersheim Bavaria, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, married 8 Dec 1868 Maria Boeckner, 17, res. New Hamburg, b. New Hamburg, daughter of Peter and Ann Elizabeth

    9. [S2017] Directory - ON, Waterloo - 1877-1878 - Armstrong & Cos County of Waterloo Gazetteer & Directory for 1877-8.

    10. [S1977] Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M97174-4 System Origin: Germany-ODM GS Film number: 193929.
      Name: Jacob Rietz: Spouse's Name: Elisabeth Schneider Event Date: 03 Feb 1842 Event Place: Evangelisch, Konken, Pfalz, Bavaria Father's Name: Jacob Rietz Mother's Name: Catharine Zimmer Spouse's Father's Name: Georg Schneider Spouse's Mother's Name: Catharine Mueller

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - CALC 27 Dec 1842 - Petersheim, Bavaria, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1861 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1861 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1861 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1868 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Dec 1868 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1871 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Canadisches Volksblatt - Newspaper - 1877 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Printer - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1881 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Publisher of the Volksblatt - 1886 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Heart Disease - 11 Dec 1886 - New Hamburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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