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Joseph Wayper

Joseph Wayper

Male 1858 - 1915  (~ 56 years)

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  • Name Joseph Wayper 
    Born Oct 1858  , Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Employer 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Queen's Hotel Hespeler 
    Queen's Hotel 1901
    Queen's Hotel 1901
    from: Hespeler, Canada : a souvenir of the factory town
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Hotel Keeper 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Anglican 
    Died 1915  [1
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Name Josh Wayper 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-23286 
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I23286  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Joseph Wayper,   b. Abt 1828, of, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F17996  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Cusack,   b. Feb 1862, Carrick Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F10672  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Oct 1858 - , Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmployer - Queen's Hotel Hespeler - - 7 Queen St. W., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Joseph Wayper
    Joseph Wayper
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • "The Queens". On a plan dated 1846 the corner lot at Queen and Guelph Road is shown as "The Tavern Lot" which suggests that there was then an hotel either in building or in operation. I am lacking in its earliest history.

      Stephen Flynn kept Hotel there 1866-68; Michael Haller, 1868-71; John Fields, 1872-73; James Baker, 1874-86; then came the Waypers, father and son, and after them, Albert E. Thomson and then again by Joseph Wayper Jr. After "Josh" died the hotel was operated for a time by his widow and her second husband, Archie Smith. During the time of The Ontario Temperance Act, Mr. George D. Forbes bought the hotel and refurnished it and Henry Sachs managed it.

      After Mr. Forbes died, George Thorlby rented the hotel and then it was sold to James Sutherland Cornell, by him to Joseph Krempowich who in turn sold to Samuel Sturman, the present owner.


      Le Rue De Commerce, Other Times Other Customs Other Days Other Ways, Winfield Brewster 1954

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      JOSEPH "JOSH" WAYPER
      1858-1915


      A resident of Hespeler for forty years, Josh Wayper was a marksman of uncanny ability. He was proprietor of the Queen's Hotel in which his numerous trophies and stuffed animals were on display for the public to see.

      He was co-founder of the Hespeler Gun Club which was formed in 1883 and was active for many years. In 1896, the Hespeler four man team led by Wayper won the Ontario Championship, breaking 94 out of 100 clay pigeons.

      In 1901 Wayper was champion wing-shot of Canada, killing 199 out of 200 live pigeons to equal the World's Record for this type of competition. In trapshooting, Wayper was three times Canadian champion. He also won the championship gold medal for Ontario several times.

      On one occasion he was a member of the Canadian team which went to England for the Bisley competition. In the course of his career, Wayper won a great many lesser events as well.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      A Verdict Secured Against Hespeler Hotel Men

      Must Pay a Widow Whose Husband Was Drowned

      Guelph, April 4 -- At the Assize Court here yesterday, at which Justice Rose presided, a peculiar case was tried. Last December James A. Crane was returning home from Hespeler, where he had imbibed rather freely, and when a short distance from the village fell into Kribs' dam, and was drowned.

      While in Hespeler he had been drinking at Thomas Hunt's and Josh Wayper's hotels, and his widow, claiming that the accident was directly due to the liquor, brought action against the publicans, claiming $500 damages from each. Mrs. Crane told of the departure of her husband from home Friday morning. She told of the circumstances in which the family were left, living on a rented farm, and how the claims against the estate overbalanced the insurance and all that was coming to them. She had three girls and a boy.

      DRUNK WHEN DROWNED

      Henry Kribs gave evidence as to the distance of the edge of the dam from the road and the landing of the body. Crane had entered the dam from the Guelph end, having evidently driven past it from Hespeler and then returned. He could not see how a man in possession of his senses could drive into the dam, even if it was dark: the horses would keep the road themselves. Further evidence was produced showing that the unfortunate Crane was drunk at the time of his death, and had been sold liquor by the two hotelkeepers sued.

      The jury found a verdict against the defendants with damages assessed at $600 in the case of Hunt and $300 against Wayper.3a

      3aToronto Star Wednesday April 4, 1895

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      Jack Wayper, the Noted Trap Shot, Has Devised a New Scheme for the Hespeler Gun Club

      Hespeler, Jan. 10 -- The Hespeler Gun Club has inaugurated a new system of live-bird scoring. It is an idea of Jack Wayper, the noted trap-shooter, who is a member of the club. Mr. Wayper claims that the present system of scoring is unfair, for it a bird is shot inside the boundary line and falls a couple of feet outside there is no score, whereas should it fall a foot inside, the shooter scores a bird. Mr. Wayper thinks a pigeon falling outside, which is gathered behind the dead line by the shooter, within the three-minute limit allowed, should count its killer halt a bird. The Hespeler Gun Club in its shoots hereafter will allow this rule. It was tried for the first time, with the following result.4a

      4aToronto Star 10 Jan 1901

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      Promoters Were Here Looking Over the Puslinch Lake Deal - Refused to State Who was Behind the Scheme


      Several American promoters, interested in electric railways, were in the city yesterday and drove over the several preliminary lines which have already been surveyed to Puslinch Lake.

      When seen by The Mercury this morning at the G.T.R. station prior to leaving for Toronto, although they refused to give their names, and state who were interested in the taking over of the franchise which is owned by the city, it is understood that Mackenzie and Mann are interested in the matter, and that it may have been one of their agents who was in charge of the party that drove over the line yesterday.

      "It would not pay us to build the line unless it was extended to Hespeler to connect with the G. H. & _. and it is likely that in the event we take the franchise over that the line is built to Hespeler, to make the connection.

      "Puslinch Lake is one of the finest spots in Western Canada for a summer resort, and if we decide to push the proposition we will build one of the finest hotels in any summer resort in Canada. I understand that Mr. Josh Wayper who owned several cottages down on the edge of the lake proposed to remove the buildings to Hespeler. He is making a big mistake. Property in the vicinity of the lake will be worth money in a short time and those who hold will make good.

      "We don't care what they do - so far as the summer resort is concerned," he continued, "but we want to give the natives a chance to make good. All we want is the right to the franchise over the road, as we are impressed with the situation and think it would prove a money maker."

      "I believe you mean business, all right," stated the Mercury reporter. .......

      "Nothing doing," answered the civil engineer, who was in charge of the party. "I have nothing for the press."

      Continuing, he stated that the company which he represented, had plenty of money to push the project through, provided the Guelph Radial Railway, who held the franchise, were willing to part with it, and were satisfied to see the proposition go through.

      "Give us a chance and we will be satisfied," stated the engineer as he climbed on to the car, followed by several other Toronto and Buffalo capitalists, who are interested in the deal.

      "You give us a decent deal and we will build the road," he called out as the train pulled out of the yards5a

      5aGuelph Mercury 6 Feb 1912

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      Mr. Josh Wayper Preparing for Erection of Big Resort


      A long felt want at Puslinch Lake, the popular summer resort of Galt, Hespeler, Preston and Guelph, will be supplied during the coming summer by Mr. Josh Wayper, who is making preparations for the erection of a handsome, commodious and modern summer hotel. The plans for the structure are being drawn up now and it is hoped that the building will be finished before next fall. Puslinch Lake has long been the mecca of holiday visitors and the lack of accommodation is the only drawback so far felt. With the advent of the new hotel, however, Puslinch should be more popular than ever. Then if that electric railway from Galt to Guelph is ever built, the lake will become a summer resort of no mean importance.6a

      6aGalt Reporter 12 Apr 1907

  • Sources 
    1. [S237] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - New Hope CC#4498 Internet Link .
      Joseph Wayper/ 1858-1915/ Margaret Cusack/ His Wife/ 1862-1938

    2. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 20 Pg. 1.

    3. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.