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

David Forsyth[1, 2]

Male 1851 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name David Forsyth 
    Born 15 Dec 1851  , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1853  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Immigration 1868  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Club Membership 1880 
    Grand River Canoeing Club 
    Grand River Canoeing Club
    Grand River Canoeing Club
    A black and white group portrait photograph, framed by a mat, of the four members of the Grand River Canoeing Club in 1880. The members are posed sitting around a campfire in front of tent in a photographic studio. Each man is wearing striped shirt and a cap.
    Left to right: J.A. Mowat ("Cook"), H.R. Watson ("Vice-Commodore"), A. Meuller ("Commodore")
    Front centre: D. Forsyth ("Purser")
    Immigration 1881  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Teacher 
    Religion 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Presbyterian 
    Historic Building 1882  31 Margaret Avenue, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Built in 1882 its first owner was David & Augusta Forsyth. Two stories and built of brick, in 1978 was listed in poor condition. It reflects the Tuscan-Italianate villa style with local urban architecture. In 1978 it was being used as a residence with additional apartments.
    Occupation 1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    teacher 
    Residence 1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    High School Teacher 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Kitchener,ForsythD.residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,ForsythD.residence-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Reisdence of D. Forsyth. B. A. From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Invention 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Science Laboratories in High Schools 
    • David Forsyth introduced practical work in the laboratory for pupils in science classes in Ontario high schools.1a

      1aWaterloo Region Museum display 2011
    Science Labortories High School Display
    Science Labortories High School Display
    Waterloo Region Musuem 2011
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Teacher 
    Public Service 1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Public Library Board 
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Teacher, High School 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Principle, Col. 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Residence 1921  31 Margaret Ave., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Interesting education, sports, football 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-31070 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I31070  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Archibald Forsyth,   b. 1816, Appin, Argyleshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1894, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Ann Haggart,   b. 24 Sep 1824, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1908, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F8189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Augusta Clothilde Mylius,   b. 2 Jul 1862, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1952  (Age < 89 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1882  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
     1. Dora Forsyth,   b. 12 Jun 1887, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Otto Rudolph Forsyth,   b. 7 May 1890, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1939, Beamsville, Lincoln Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F8188  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Dec 1851 - , Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1853 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1868 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1881 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1882 - 31 Margaret Avenue, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - teacher - 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Dec 1882 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - High School Teacher - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInvention - Science Laboratories in High Schools - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Berlin Public Library Board - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher, High School - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Principle, Col. - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1921 - Kitchener, 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
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  • Photos
    David Forsyth
    David Forsyth
    Original at the Kitchener Public Library's Waterloo Historical Collection (P420 WHS)

  • Notes 
    • David Forsyth, a distinguished educator and sportsman, taught in the Berlin High School from 1876, and was principal from 1901-1921.

      He originated the method of teaching science by requiring each pupil to perform the experiment and deduct his own conclusions - a method that was later compulsory. His valued contributions to education included membership on the Royal Commission on Industrial and Technical Training.

      Known as "The Daddy of association football or soccer," he was one of the best players in Canada and was responsible for organizing, in 1880, the Western Football Association, the oldest football association in America. Soccer or association football, grew from his expert coaching in the Berlin High School. Boys coached by him joined the "Berlin Rangers," a team that became internationally famous, winning half of the games played in the British Isles.

      Mr. Forsyth was also an expert lacrosse and cricket player and an accomplished cyclist and canoeist.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Forsyth, David, teacher at High School. Was born in Scotland, 1852, and has lived here since 1867.

      Illustrated Atlas of the County of Waterloo, H. Parsel & Co., Toronto - 1881

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      In the fall of 1888, a team made up of players from the Western Football Association of Ontario toured the British Isles with notable success. Many of the players who made this trip became very distinguished persons in later life. The year 1888 marked the beginning of England's famous Football League, and the Canadian team played Notts County, Newton Heath (now Manchester United), Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, who were members of that league. They also played such famous clubs as Glasgow Rangers, Queens Park, Ayr (not Ayr United in those days) and Hearts, plus a team made up of some of the best Scottish players, but not the actual Scottish national team. The Canadians made quite an impression on the British soccer scene at that time, and the English papers, in particular, are full of praise for the players. Seventeen of the 18 players who made the trip were born in Canada. The only one who was not was David Forsyth, who was brought to Canada from Scotland at the age of two.

      Players who made the trip:

      Harry Bewell, Harry P. Bingham, Walter W. Bowman, Solomon Brubacher, Dr. William Burnet, Alexander Noble Garrett, Alex Gibson, Tom Gibson, Dr. Edward Payson Gordon, Fred Killer, Charles (Carl) Kranz, Tom W. Murray, Dr Wilfred Pirt Mustard, Dr. Henry Hempton "Harry" Pirie, Dr. Walter Proudfoot Thomson, E.W. Webster, David Forsyth.

      Canadian Soccer History-Canada in Gt Britain 1888. (2019). Canadiansoccerhistory.com. Retrieved 13 April 2019, from https://www.canadiansoccerhistory.com/Canadiantoursabroad/Gt%20Britain%201888.html?fbclid=IwAR2Nvf6ufO8L9T0wkGsbXhBsOSsCNVK8Lssm38AqtBifZzLsQ70xBVgUjkc

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Nora L Roos Born: Berlin Ontario Age: 22 Father: Michael Roos Mother: Louisa Pabst Born: abt 1893 Spouse: Otto R Forsyth Age: 25 born: Berlin Ontario Father: David Forsyth Mother: Augusta Wyline married 16 Jun 1915

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 4 Jan 1883.
      Dec. 28, 1882 David Forsyth & August Mylius, both of Berlin, were married by Pastor R. von Pirch in Berlin.

    3. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 11363-1882 David Forsyth and Augusta C. Mylius.

    4. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-4 Page 5.

    5. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 47.

    6. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 38 Page 2.

    7. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 25 Page 6.

    8. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 2 Page 8.

    9. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

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