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Johann Conrad "Conrad" Hahn

Male 1849 - 1937  (88 years)


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  • Name Johann Conrad "Conrad" Hahn 
    Born 6 Mar 1849  Obergleen, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Birth 13 Mar 1849  [1
    Christened 8 Apr 1849  Evangelisch Church, Obergleen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1853  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence 1861  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Naturalization 1863  [11
    Occupation 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farm Servant 
    Residence 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    farmer 
    Occupation 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Butcher 
    Residence 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Fire 1898  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Name Conrad Hahn 
    Occupation Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    butcher 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Implement Agency 
    Occupation 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Machine Agent 
    Residence 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Baptist 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-26312 
    Died 1 Jun 1937  Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7, 10
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Person ID I26312  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Father Johann "John" Hahn,   b. CALC 23 Jun 1812, , Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1884, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Anna Elisabetha "Elizabeth" Groh,   b. 8 Aug 1810, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1898  (Age 88 years) 
    Family ID F28803  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth "Lizetta" Umbach,   b. 24 Sep 1856, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1922, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1878  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
     1. Zipporah Hahn,   b. 22 Aug 1879, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1943, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Edward Hahn,   b. 25 Nov 1880, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1919, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     3. Addison Hahn,   b. 10 Aug 1882, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1902, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     4. Solomon Hahn,   b. 22 Feb 1885, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1952, Brooklyn, Cattaraugus, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Mary Hahn,   b. 19 Jan 1888, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1959, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. Margaret Hahn,   b. 5 Jan 1890, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1956, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F6860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Conrad Hahn

      Death called Conrad Hahn in his 89th year at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Kuntze, R .R. 2, Tavistock, on Wednesday morning. Born in Hesson Darmstadt, Germany, in the city of Obernglane in 1849, the late Mr. Hahn emigrated at the age of four years to Waterloo County with his parents, the late John and Elizabeth Hahn.

      In 1878 he married Lizetta Umbach, who predeceased him 15 years ago. They had six children, two, Edward and Addison, having died. Surviving are Mrs. J.W. Borkwood, Kitchener, Mrs. O. Hambly, Elmira, Mrs. Chas. Kuntze, R.R. 2, Tavistock, and one son, Solomon, in Brooklyn, N. Y. Six grandchildren, Carl, Earl and Ross Hahn of Kitchener, Don. Borkwood of Toronto, Ralph Hambly of Elmira, and Eugene Kuntze, and one great grandchild, Mary Jane Hahn, Kitchener, also survive.

      The late Mr. Hahn spent most of his life in and around Elmira. He farmed for a good many years on the farm now owned by J. S. Geisel. He owned a butcher business when residing in Elmira and in later years had the agency for an implement company. The past fourteen years were spent with his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Kuntze, where he succumbed.

      Mr. Hahn was a staunch Liberal. He was a member of the Baptist church, but in the absence of his faith in Elmira he was an adherent of the Evangelical Church. Widely known as a man of good spirits, despite many adversities, Mr. Hahn will be greatly missed by his family and in the communities where he resided.

      The funeral will be held on Friday from the home of his son-in-law, Chas. N. Kuntze, R .R. 2, Tavistock, at 1 o'clock and thence to the Elmira Evangelical Church for services at 2: 30 p.m. Interment will be made in the Elmira cemetery. Rev. J. B. Dengis of New Hamburg and Rev. C .H. Cornwell of Elmira will officiate.

      Elmira Signet 3 Jun 1937

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      SWEPT BY FIRE
      The Village of Elmira Narrowly Escapes.
      Being Wiped Out.

      THE LIGHTNING TERRIBLE WORK TWO FINE HOTELS, STABLES AND HOUSE BURNED TO THE GROUND-OTHER BUILDINGS BADLY SCORCHED-RAIN SAVES THE TOWN

      Special to the Chronicle

      Elmira, August 24.-One of the largest and most disastrous fires in the history of Woolwich township, visited this village on Tuesday night and all that is now left of the block consisting of Zilliax's Hotel and large stables, Christman's hotel and stables and the building occupied by Conrad Hahn is one mass of smouldering ruins. A CHRONICLE representative visited the scene of the fire to-day and found the village all agog with excitement as a result of the big blaze. The village had a most miraculous escape from being almost entirely swept away by fire and had it not been for the heroic efforts of its citizens from the first sound of the alarm there might have been a vastly different story for me now to relate. The buildings destroyed were situated right in the very heart of the village. Zilliax's hotel being on the four cross roads coming in from Floradale, Hawkesville, Guelph and Waterloo. The building on the side of the street opposite to the scene of the fire between Dr. Hay's office and Mr. Robert Jackson's residence, including Mr. John Miller's residence to the rear of Zilliax's hotel were saved with the greatest difficulty.

      The Alarm.

      About twelve o'clock the citizens of the village were startled out of their slumbers by a terrific report and crash of lightning which they knew to be dangerously near at hand. The clanging of fire bells, and the shrill shrieking of whistles soon brought them to their senses and before many minutes the streets were one seething mass of humanity all wending their way to the scene of the fire. The terrific crash which they had heard was the lightning striking the stables of Mr. Jac. Christman's hotel. The electric ball pierced the rear roof of the building and ignited the loose straw stored in that section. Mr. Christman was on the scene a few moments after and before the fire had time to gain much headway, he made a fruitless effort to quench the flames with the application of a few pails of water. But this only seemed to be adding fuel to the flames and a few minutes after the whole stable was enveloped in a fiery mantle. The old hand fire engine was on the scene shortly after the alarm was given and although it was constantly manned by willing hands it was by no means fit to cope with the flame. There was A STRONG WIND from the west fanning the flames at the beginning of the fire which very soon spread to the adjoining stables of Henry Zilliax and from thence to the hotel. Just before the roof of the latter stables fell in there was a beautiful pyrotechnic display, the tongues of fire seeming to leap high up into the air about a hundred feet, and after receding leaving the sky spangled with myriads of dissolving stars The night was pitch dark and a heavy rain was falling. It was a kind Providence that suffered the rain to fall continuously during the fire, giving the villagers the strongest possible fire protection and was probably the one thing that saved the village from almost total extinction. While the flames were rapidly spreading to Zilliax's and Christman's hotel, the wind suddenly shifted to the north and the business blocks on the opposite side of the street were immediately put in imminent danger. Shortly after the cornices along these buildings began to smoke. A large water pail brigade was however soon scattered along the roofs. It was composed of property owners and citizens who all worked like trojans, the latter just as though it was their own interests that were at stake. The heat was so intense that the glass fronts in all the buildings on that side of the street were cracked and how the workers on the roofs managed to stick to their posts, in the face of such a singeing heat is more than most people can understand. Their work was however not without effect as through their herculean efforts the property on that side of the street was saved. With regard to this the prevailing opinion here is that had these buildings ever got started the greater part of the village would undoubtedly have been wiped out.

      At the same time willing hands were doing gallant work on the residences of Robert Jackson and John Miller. Both houses were pretty badly scorched, the cornices and woodwork about the windows being burnt out on Mr. Miller's house.

      Heavy Losses.

      The losses sustained are very heavy and will run up close to $20,000. Mr. Henry Zilliax has the heaviest loss, which when everything is summed up will amount to nearly $10,000. Besides his hotel and the large stables in connection all the hotel furniture and other contents were burned, including nearly $1000 worth of choice liquors stored away in his cellar. To this may be added about twenty tons of hay, a large quantity of oats and some twenty- five cords of hardwood. He carried insurance to the amount of $3,700,

      $1,700 in the Economical of Berlin and $2,000 in the Gore.

      Mr. Christman's loss is placed between seven and eight thousand dollars, with $2300 insurance in force at the time of the fire. The loss includes hotel and contents and three valuable horses, together with other stable contents, etc.

      Mr. Conrad Hahn loses dwelling valued at about $1200.

      Will He Rebuild?

      When asked whether or not he would rebuild Mr. Zilliax told your representative that he would not be in a position to make any definite statement with regard thereto until he had more fully ascertained his loss.

      Sparks.

      Messrs. Charles Janzen, Fred Weidenhammer and Wm. Ziegler rendered valuable assistance on Miller's house.

      Mr. Wm. O'Neill lost a valuable horse and rig which he had stabled in Christman's barn. The outfit was valued at $200

      Among Mr. Christman's losses were three horses and six pigs. The horses were thoroughbreds which he was getting ready for exhibition at the fall shows and be naturally feels this part of his loss very keenly.

      Elmira citizens are handling the village council without gloves at the present time for having such an antiquated and entirely inadequate system of fire protection, Tis said that the council is now considering the advisability of establishing a steam pumping station near the mill or buying a steam engine and other schemes to lock the door after the horse is stolen.

      All the private papers of both Mr. Christman and Mr. Zilliax were saved. Between sixty and seventy dollars is still confined in the safe of Mr. Zilliax which at time of writing had not cooled off enough to be opened.

      The G. T. R staff had an engine and flat car in readiness to run to the nearest town for assistance had the fire fighters been unable to confine the flames.

      The only personal belongings which Mr. Zilliax saved out of the fire was the suit of clothes on his back.

      Mr. M. Weichel did good execution with a small hand pump which he brought up out of his cellar. We understand Mr. Henry Dunke presented him with a five dollar bill for assistance rendered on his buildings.

      Desolation now stares the villagers in the face.

      Mr. Geo. Klinck burnt his hands rather badly in his efforts to save his property. His brother Charles burnt the soles of his feet on the hot tin of the roof.

      A fine new Bell piano and an organ were among the destroyed contents of Zilliax's Hotel.

      Mr. and Mrs. Wm. O'Neill generously turned their house open to the family of Jacob Christman who were left homeless through the fire.

      Mr. Zilliax and family have taken temporary quarters at the residence of his brother in law, John L in.

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      ELMIRA FIRE.

      Another Account from Our Own Correspondent.

      Elmira, Aug. 24th-The most disastrous conflagration that has visited Elmira, took place last night shortly after midnight. The fire was first discovered in J. Christman's hotel stable and only a few minutes elapsed before the whole building was in flames. Adjoining the stables was the Union Hotel and C. Hahn's residence, and both being frame structures they quickly succumbed to the devouring element. East of the Union Hotel was Zilliax's stable, which caught fire and spread to the hotel, in spite of all efforts to save it. The fire was now at its height and all efforts were put forth to save the buildings on the opposite side of the street, which from the intense heat started to burn at the cornices in many places. By almost superhuman efforts the flames were extinguished and that side of the street saved. John Miller's residence, north of Zilliax's hotel, was in great danger and almost fell a victim to the devouring element. It can scarcely be seen how it was saved, but it escaped with considerable damage.

      It was at one time thought that the whole town would go up in flames, but the wind and the rain were in its favor and the citizens felt relieved when danger was past. Sparks flew in all directions.

      The losses are partly covered by insurance, and very little was saved. All, or nearly all, hotel furniture was burnt. J. Christman lost all his horses, and also one belonging to Wm. O'Neill.
      The origin of the fire is supposed to have been from lightning, although not such a heavy shock was felt. The town this morning presents quite a desolate appearance.

      Waterloo County Chronicle, 25 Aug 1898, p. 4

  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 10.

    2. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      In Loving Memory/ Conrad Hahn/ 1849 - 1937/ His Wife/ Liezetta Umbach/ 1856 - 1922/ At Rest.

    3. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div 1 Page 59 Family 278.

    4. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 48 Pg. 7.

    5. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 72.

    6. [S1901] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898, Indexing Project (Batch) NumberC92641-1 System Origin:Germany-VR GS Film number:1195559 Reference ID:2:10RL754.
      Name: Johann Konrad Hahn Gender: male Christening Date: 8 Apr 1849 Christening Place:EVANGELISCH, OBERGLEEN, OBERHESSEN, HESSE-DARMSTADT Birth Date: 6 Mar 1849 Father's Name:Johannes Hahn Mother's Name:Anna Elisabetha Groh

    7. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obiturary of Conrad Hahn - 3 Jun 1937.

    8. [S2057] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1891, Pg. 30.

    9. [S915] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1861, Sect. 9 Page 87A.

    10. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93576557/conrad-hahn.

    11. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 10.

    12. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Nov. 14, 1878.
      Nov. 7, 1878 Conrad Hahn and Lisette Umbach, both of Woolwich, were married in Woolwich by Pastor W. Kr sch.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Mar 1849 - Obergleen, , Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1853 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1861 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farm Servant - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Nov 1878 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Butcher - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFire - 1898 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - butcher - - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Implement Agency - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Machine Agent - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Baptist - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jun 1937 - Woodstock, Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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