Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Oliver S. Shantz[1]

Male 1861 - 1910  (49 years)


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  • Name Oliver S. Shantz 
    Born 12 Aug 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00110-6722 
    Died 7 Sep 1910  [2
    Buried Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I19408  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father John Yost Shantz,   b. 6 Feb 1811, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1891, Near, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Susannah Scheirich,   b. 1 Apr 1820, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1884, Near Shantz Station, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1837  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F3015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna E,   b. 1878,   d. 1970  (Age 92 years) 
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F6353  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Oliver Shantz, "was born August 12th, 1861. He is a civil engineer and is a graduate of Ithaca College, New York. At present he is practising his profession in the city of New York where he resides. He is unmarried."


      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a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character.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.].

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      OLIVER S. SHANTZ M. M. E. DETROIT, MICH.

      When football enthusiasts speak of the Rangers and their deeds of prowess on the green, the name of Oliver Shantz, full back, is generally mentioned in eulogistic terms. Mr. Shantz was a good player; he possessed a cool judgment and plenty of stamina. He shone at manly sport and shines today as a Master Mechanical Engineer.

      He left Berlin in 1889 to attend Cornell University, Ithaca N. Y. and took up a course in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He graduated in 1893, obtaining the degree of M. E. In 1893-4, he designed, installed and put into operation, the present plant of the Jacob Y. Shantz & Son Co's. button manufactory, Berlin. For a twelve-month, he was with Schaefer & Budenburg Co. of Brooklyn N. Y., manufacturers of steam gauges and engineering appliances. Then for four years Mr. Shantz was engaged on the Sibley College faculty, in the experimental Mechanical Engineering department of Cornell University, at the end of which period he obtained his Master degree, M. M. E.

      He was an industrious student, and while taking the courses at Cornell, spent the summer vacation with various large manufacturing firms, thus combining the practical and actual with the theoretical. He spent considerable time in the workshops of the Otis Elevator Co. Yonkers, N. Y., the Hendrick Ice Machine Co. Carbondale Pa. and one year with Thos. A. Edison, the famous inventor, as Assistant Engineer in the Edison Portland Cement Co. at Stewardsville, N. J. Another year was spent with the Westinghouse Church Kerr Co., Consulting and Contracting Engineers. The recital of the time spent by Mr. Shantz in preparing for his life work, shows that he intended to reach a high grade in his profession.

      For five years afterwards he was in the employ of the Rand Drill Co. of New York, Manufacturers of Compressed Air and Mining Machinery, in the capacity of Assistant Chief Engineer, and during the period filled many important commissions. Of late, he has been and is now with the Ingersoll Rand Co., as their travelling expert in Hydro-Pneumatic Engineer-ing with headquarters at Detroit, Mich. Among the societies of which Mr. Shantz is a member are: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Engineers Club of New York; The Western Railway Club of Chicago ; Delta Lau Delta Fraternity, of Cornell Town & Gown Club, Cornell, and Cornell University Club of New York.

      Mr. Shantz has made good and his many friends in Berlin will congratulate him on his success.


      Berlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 401.

    2. [S15] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Breslau - Breslau Mennonite CC#4579 Internet Link .
      Shantz / Oliver S.Shantz / born Aug.12,1861 / died Sept.7,1910 / aged 49 years / his wife / Anna E.Shantz / 1878-1970 / Tis not the whole of life to live / Nor all of death to die

    3. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 30.

    4. [S10] Book - Vol II 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..., 398.

    5. [S9] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Canada Museum und Allgemeine Zeitung (1835-1840), 30 Mar 1837:16.
      28 Mar 1837 Benjamin Eby m. Johannes Schantz to Susanna Scheirich, daughter of Johannes Scheirich, all of Waterloo.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Aug 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Breslau Mennonite Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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