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Johann Casper "Casper" Heller

Male 1830 - 1899  (69 years)


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  • Name Johann Casper "Casper" Heller 
    Born 10 Feb 1830  Udenhausen, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Business Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Royal Exchange Hotel 
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    Royal Exchange Hotel - Kitchener, Ontario - King Street
    Name Casper Heller 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Tavern Keeper 
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    Grand Trunk Railway gazetteer, commercial advertiser and business directory, Toronto : J.L. Mitchell & A.O. Loomis, Publishers and Compilers, 1862
    Residence 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Hotel Keeper (hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper) "Royal Exchange Hotel" and "Market Hotel" 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Hotel Keeper 
    Residence 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-30951 
    Died 18 Aug 1899  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 7, 9
    Cause: Cholera Morbus with heart failure (2 days) 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Person ID I30951  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2024 

    Father Johann "John" Heller,   b. 18 Sep 1802, , Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Margaretha Krug,   b. 3 Mar 1797, , Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F20642  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Salome Schnoerringer,   b. 20 Jan 1834, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1855  [7
    Children 
     1. Herman Heller,   b. 27 Oct 1858, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1905, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. Mathilde Elisa Heller,   b. 21 Jan 1859, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1860, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Lisette Heller,   b. 8 May 1861, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Edward H. Heller,   b. 20 May 1863, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     5. Albert S. Heller,   b. 25 Jul 1865, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1913, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     6. Rosalia Catharine Heller,   b. 28 Jan 1868, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1868, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Emil Heller,   b. 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Professor Alton Henry Heller,   b. 27 Oct 1878, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1946, Welland, Crowland Twp., Welland Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F8117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Caspar Heller

      Quite unexpectedly on Friday morning, came the news of the sudden death of Mr. Caspar Heller. He had certainly been somewhat unwell for a few days, but not confined to bed. He died sitting on the edge of his bed, without saying a word or uttering one complaint, as a result of exhaustion from abdominal complaints.

      The deceased was born in Udenhausen, Hesse-Darmstadt, and came here with his parents in 1843 from Germany, aged 13 years, and helped with clearing the woods and other jobs of the settlers. Somewhat later, he was occupied in Connecticut, and on his return, bought the Royal Hotel in the eastern end of the city, which he managed with great success for many years. Twenty-two years ago, he built the Market Hotel and ran it till approximately five years ago, when he retired to the house on Queen St. where he died. He was a friendly, pleasant and helpful man, and consequently well-known and highly respected far and wide.

      In 1855, he married Salome Schnoeringer, and eight children were born from this marriage, of whom six are still living; namely: Herman, Edward. Albert, Emil, Alton, and the widow, Lisette Vetter. Mr. John H. Heller is a brother, and the wife of Mr. John B. Hett is a sister of the deceased. He was 69 years, 6 months and 8 days old.

      Burial took place on Sunday afternoon, with an exceptionally large number attending. The town musical band, to which three of his sons belong, played funeral marches on the way to St. Peter's Church, where Pastor R. von Pirch held the funeral service, and thence, to the cemetery. Pall-bearers were the church elders H. Stuebing, P. Gies, J. Baetz, J. Koch, R. Pinke, and L. Sattler.


      Berliner Journal - 24 Aug 1889 pg 4 col 2 translated by Patricia J. Kauk

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      King Street , North Side

      Frederick Street.

      Bishop Benjamin Eby's farm came to the corner of King and Frederick Streets. Next to Frederick Street, Frederick and William Miller erected a frame building and used it as a general store. After the grading operations spoken of this building had to undergo the same process as the St. Nicholas Hotel. It was considered a fine building in its day with large windows on each side of the centre door. Henry Stroh finally bought the building and tore it down in 1868. Jacob Stroh has some of the window sash, shutters, stairway, etc., still in his possession. Later the building was occupied by Jacob Eckstein cigar maker and tobacco dealer. Mrs. Warren with a family lived on the second story for a number of years.

      Vacant lot. Next a large brick building with double deck porch along the front, the Queen's Arms Hotel, built about 1840 and continued as a hotel until about 1860. A Mr. Butchard was the first landlord and later Levi Weber. From this hotel the first omnibus met the trains at the G.T.R. station in Berlin in 1856. Before that day it was a stopping place of stage coaches operating from Hamilton and Galt to Berlin and beyond. The old Queen's Arms long vacant and practically ruined as a building was sold finally and made room for the Market Building and Town Hall in 1869.*

      Next we come to the John Roos house. This also had a double-deck veranda with heavy posts as was the style 1840-50. The building was later turned into a hotel known as the Market Hotel and kept by Casper Heller.

      A lot with a log cabin in the rear, occupied by Jacob Sauer, who had come from Pennsylvania, father of Mrs. John Roat.

      * See 1922 Annual Report W. H. S., p. 210.

      A harness shop occupied by John Roat, then by his son John and later by John Haugh, a son-in-law of John Roat.

      A garden. A dwelling, 4 or 5 feet lower than the street which had been filled up, where lived the Susand family. Mrs. Susand had a reputation with juveniles for tarts and molasses taffy sold in lc. bars. Her children were in the habit of selling these wares to passengers at the G.T.R. station. After her husband's death about 1860, widow Susand moved her shop to Foundry Street North, and there continued until she died. Susand was an ex-slave. In 1857 at a nomination meeting for Council, he was nominated and stood a good chance of being elected, as a joke. However, the more thoughtful element among the voters prevailed.

      A two story, frame building, lengthwise with King Street, built in the '30's. After street grading this had to be raised so that what had before been the ground floor became the cellar or basement.

      A house occupied by Wm. Hawke,-known as Bill Hawke- a mason. A stout, easy-going man. His wife was in the habit of standing in the door way, with white lace cap, smoking a clay pipe. The east end of this building was occupied by Winters, a hatter, the first hat maker in Berlin. He made the old style, broad brim, Mennonite hats in fashion up to about 1845. At the corner of Scott stood a brick building of good size with gable toward King Street, used to stable the first fire teams for a number of years. Later John Wagner had a waggon shop above and George Ward a blacksmith shop underneath. Scott Street was, however, not opened until many years later.

      A one and one-half story building rough cast, gable facing King St., occupied by H. W. Peterson, who began publishing the "Canada Museum", in 1835 and so continued until 1840 when he went to Guelph as first Registrar of the County of Wellington. This was the first newspaper published in Waterloo County.

      Jacob Hailer's house, a one and one-half story, frame building with porch along the front partly enclosed by lattice work. In this house was born in 1834, Catherine Hailer, who married Louis Breithaupt. She is said to have been the first child born in Berlin of parents who came from Germany. Hailer's barn was some distance back from the street and next along on the street front was his shop where he manufactured spinning wheels, etc., and chairs which had a large distribution. Hailer was an expert wood turner. He had two foot-power lathes and a number of German assistants from time to time, continuing his shop for about 40 years.
      A two story frame building lengthwise with King Street, erected by Dr. John Scott. He had a drug store with two good-sized windows at the front. On the east gable of the building was a sign, "Med. Hall" in large letters. The sign was legible long after Dr. Scott's death. The doctor pursued his practice on horseback for which he used three horses. He was the first medical practitioner in Berlin, coming in 1834, at the time of the cholera epidemic. For a few years before he was married he boarded at the Gaukel Hotel. His later house, after the one described, is still standing on Weber Street at the rear of the Kitchener Public Library.

      The old Scott house on King Street was later occupied by Franz Martin who kept a saloon. Martin had a musical family, with the zither as their principal instrument, which all the children could play.

      A one and one-half story, frame building, painted, occupied by Anslm Wagner, a potter.

      A brick building 1 ½ story lengthwise with King Street, the west end of which was John Eby's drug store, the rest of the building being his dwelling. This was the first regular drug store in Berlin.

      A brick building with a frame extension in the rear used by David Eby as a pump shop. Part of the brick building is still standing, the rest having been cut olT for the opening of Eby Street North.

      A one story hip roof brick cottage occupied by Geo. Eby, a Notary, who came to Canada in 1804. He died in this house. A considerable fish story is told of how he followed a sturgeon in the Conestoga River, part of Grand River, and finally speared it.

      A one and one-half story building, probably rough cast, occupied by Hy. Wurm, a carpenter employed at the Simpson factory.

      A two story brick building painted red occupied by Henry S. Huber.'

      A handsome frame building, two story, with veranda along the front and ground floor considerably above the street level, with broad steps, the width of the building, leading to it, was built in 1850. Some time later it was occupied by Casper Heller and known as the Royal Exchange hotel. Following the old custom its swinging sign had "Last Chance" on the side toward the village and "First Chance" outward, referring to liquid refreshments. Heller kept a good hotel and had also a large shed and ham next east of the hotel.

      On the corner a steam grist mill was erected, about 1860. Louis Seyler, a German, was the miller. The custom was for farmers to bring in their wheat to have it ground, getting in return flour, bran and middlings, the miller retaining his toll. Later Lehnen & Shelly operated this mill.

      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. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Alton H Heller Born: Berlin Age: 28 Father: Casper Heller Mother: Solome Schnoerringer Born: abt 1879 Spouse: Mary C Oberholtzer Age: 37 born: S. E. Hope Township Perth Co. Father: Jacob Otto Mother: Catherine Ludwig married 24 Jul 1907

    2. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Casper Heller Death Date: 18 Aug 1899 Death Location: Waterloo Born: abt 1830 Birth Location: Hessen,Deu

    3. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Saloma/ Schnaeringer/ Ehefrau von/ Casper Heller/ geb. 20 Jan. 1834/ gest. 3 Mai 1917/ Ruhe in Frieden/ Casper/ Heller/ geb. Feb. 10, 1830/ gest. Aug. 18, 1899/ [verse]/ Heller A. Emil C. Heller/ 1870-1936 B. Mary K. Alles/ his wife/ 1871-1940 C. Father D. Mother

    4. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 3.

    5. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 25.

    6. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 6.

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Obituary of Caspar Heller - 24 Aug 1889 pg 4 col 2.

    8. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 56.

    9. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154853077/johann_casper-heller.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Feb 1830 - Udenhausen, Vogelsbergkreis, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Royal Exchange Hotel - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tavern Keeper - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper (hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper) "Royal Exchange Hotel" and "Market Hotel" - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cholera Morbus with heart failure (2 days) - 18 Aug 1899 - Kitchener, 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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