Waterloo Region Generations
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Alvin George Schreiter

Alvin George Schreiter[1]

Male 1859 - 1942  (82 years)

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  • Name Alvin George Schreiter 
    Born 26 Jul 1859  Hochkirch, , Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Building 117 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Simpson Block 
    Business Schreiter's Furniture, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Schreiter's Furniture 
    Interesting building, business, life story, furniture 
    Immigration 1882  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration 1885  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration 1885  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Name A. G. Schreiter 
    Naturalization 1887  [2
    Naturalization 1887  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1888  Orillia, Orillia Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    upholsterer 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Upholsterer 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Upholsterer 
    Occupation 1902  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    funeral home operator 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Merchant Furniture 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1912  89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1918  89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Merchant 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Residence 89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1921  89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1937  93 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterlooo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-31873P 
    Died 12 Mar 1942  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    Buried Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    Person ID I31873  Generations
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 

    Father Gustav Julius "Julius" Schreiter,   b. CA 1829, of, Hochkirch, , Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Maria Mathilde Noecker,   b. Abt 1829, of, Hochkirch, , Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F18340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Magdalena Schaefer,   b. 25 Aug 1863, Petersburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1937, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1888  Petersburg, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Charles Herbert "Herbert" Schreiter,   b. 6 Dec 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2006  (Age < 117 years)
     2. Armand Alvin Schreiter,   b. 12 Jul 1891, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1932, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     3. Stanley Walter Schreiter,   b. 28 Sep 1893, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1917, , France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     4. Florence Adele "Adele" Schreiter,   b. 2 Aug 1902, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1898
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F8340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lena,   b. 1864, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Adele Schreiter,   b. 1902, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F243625  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Lena Schaefer,   b. 1863, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Feb 1888  [8
    Children 
     1. Herbert Schreiber,   b. 1888, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2019 
    Family ID F245493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    A. G. Schreiter
    A. G. Schreiter
    From Berlin, Canada A Self-portait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One

  • Notes 
    • The Firm of Schreiter, Berlin's Largest Retail Furniture House.

      No review of the growth of Berlin would be complete without a notice upon Schreiters, Berlin's greatest furniture establishment. Schreiter's is wothy of notice in many ways. For thirteen years it has been on King St. Starting in a small way at 52 King St., it now occupies its own building at 63 and five floors covering fifteen thousand feet are filled with medium and high class furniture, and the upholstering department alone occupies one whole floor and is justly noted for its fine work.

      Schreiter's is noticeable for yet another fact. It is owned still by its founder, Mr. A. G. Schreiter, who in 1873 started in the furniture career in Boutzin, Germany\emdash always leaning to the higher class furniture and decorative effects. To-day he is ably assisted by Mr. Herbert C. Schreiter and owing to the continuous growth of the business has just been joined by Mr Armand A. Schreiter.

      For fourteen years Mr. A. G. Schreiter was foreman for the Simpson factory; he then started out for himself and the best evidence of his success is the present store\emdash the largest in size and stock and carrying by far the largest variety of furniture of any furniture store in Waterloo County.

      Thirty-nine years in the furniture business is out of the ordinary, but then Schreiter's, which is known as the " House of Quality," is personally supervised by an out of the ordinary mind.
      Asked to what he attributed his success, Mr. A. G. Schreiter remarked: "The carrying out of my early training of thoroughness. What's worth doing at all, is worth not only doing well, but doing a little better than is expected."

      That probably explains the success of his upholstering department. This branch of the business employs only the highest paid men and no piece work is allowed, everything is by the salary system. "Good work is slow work," said Mr. Schreiter, "but it pays in the end, for good upholstering tells its tale as the years go by."

      When one hears Mr. Schreiter enlarge upon Period Styles in furniture; hears him talk upon complementary wall treatments; the arrangement of wall and window spaces in dining-rooms to accommodate sideboards, buffets, chairs of style desired; you at once know you are in touch with a man who believes in and practices intrinsic goodness in furniture and makes it the keynote of his business.

      In these days when too often cheapness runs riot to the regret ultimately of the buyer, it is refreshing to hear Quality set first and linked with a fair profit.

      As Mr. A. G. Schreiter tersely put it\emdash every piece of furniture upon our fifteen thousand feet of floor space is guaranteed to be the best in style, material, workmanship and FINISH in its class; our goods run from the medium good, which will cost less than "cheap" furniture else-where, up to the finest suites and individual pieces known.

      Here and there on the floors can be seen dainty pieces upholstered by Schreiters after the various Periods. Here a Chippendale, there a Sheraton, over there a Colonial, opposite it and in direct contrast a piece in Art Nouveau. Just beyond is a Suite for the Dining-room in Mission, flat, quaint, unadorned, plain and of solid construction. It is pleasing because of its oddity. and satisfactory proportions, suggesting repose, comfort and suitability for modest homes. Schreiter's is a striking example of the success which comes from selling dependable good goods.

      Yet another point worthy of comment in regard to Schreiter's is that it is a permanent business for Berlin. They own their five-storey building, all their capital is in and working for Berlin; for nearly twenty years Mr. A. G. Schreiter has been in the furniture business here and now his two sons are also in the business to assist in its rapid growth and to perpetuate the success of the founder.

      As Mr. A. G. Schreiter also put it, "Schreiter's is a Berlin Institution, here to stay, all our eggs are in one basket and we are satisfied to grow with Berlin and to urge on the city which by its patronage has built up this the largest furniture business in Waterloo County." Good sentiments. We need such men, we need such firms.

      (Just as this section of the book is printed Schreiter's have bought the Simpson Building and stock; doubling their store capacity.)


      From Berlin, Canada A Self-portait of Kitchener, Ontario before World War One

      ___________________________

      A. G. Schreiter Is Dead at 82

      Was One of Leading Furniture Retailers

      Alvin George Schreiter. 82, known for years as one of Ontario's leading furniture retailers, died at the family residence, 89 Queen Street North, last night. He had been in failing health for some time.

      Born in Germany July 26, 1859, he came to Canada and this city in 1885 when he entered the employ of William Simpson Co. Ltd., remaining with the firm until 1900. In 1899 he organized Schreiter's Limited which developed into a five-floor establishment and became one of the largest retail furniture stores in the province.

      He also conducted an undertaking business for a number of years, finally establishing the Schreiter Funeral Home in 1929. In 1914 he organized the DeLuxe Upholstery Company. The late Mr. Schreiter opened his furniture store originally at 52 King Street West and subsequently purchased the Simpson building as the first step in the development of the large establishment.

      Mr. Schreiter was a member of the I.O.O.F. and also the Woodmen of the World. He was the son of Julius Schreiter and in 1888 married Magdalena Schaefer at Petersburg. Mrs. Schreiter predeceased him: Two sons, Stanley and Armand, also predeceased him. Stanley was killed In France in 1917 serving with a battery unit.

      He is survived by one son, Herbert C., who was associated with him in the furniture enterprise and one daughter, Mrs. A. Walton, at home. Eight grandchildren also survive.

      The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon from the Schreiter-Sandrock Funeral Home at 2:30 in the afternoon with interment at the Petersburg Cemetery. Rev. A. W. Lotz, pastor of St. Peter's Church, will officiate. The remains will be resting at the funeral home until the services.

      Kitchener Daily Record Mar 12 1942 pg 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 12 Oct 1893.
      29 Sep 1893 The wife of Alwin Schreiter, in Berlin, a son.

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-5 Page 9.

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 34 Page 6.

    4. [S183] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Emmanuel Evangelical Petersburg CC#4556 Internet Link.
      Alvin George Schreiter/ July 26, 1859-March 12, 1942/ wife/ Magdalena Schaefer/ August 25, 1863-March 21, 1937/ at rest

    5. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11850 (1888), Schreiter-Schaefer.
      Alvin George Schreiter, 28y, 6m, occ. upholsterer Orillia, Simcoe Co., Ontario, b. Hockkirch, Saxony, Germany, s/o Gustavus Saluis Schreiter & Mathilda Noe..?, to Magdalena Schaefer, 24y, 5m, res. Petersburg, Co. Waterloo, b. Petersburg, Co. Waterloo, d/o Jao Schaefer & Fred need Maithaus?, witnesses: Jac. Schaefer Jr. & Katharine Schaefer both of Petersburg at the residence of Bride's parents Petersburg, Feb 14, 88

    6. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub District 29 Page 28.

    7. [S183] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Emmanuel Evangelical Petersburg CC#4556 Internet Link.
      Alvin George SCHREITER/ July 26, 1859/ March 12, 1942/ Magdalena SCHAEFER/ Aug. 25, 1863/ Mar. 21, 1937/ Daughter/ Florence/ Adele/ WALTON/ Aug. 2, 1902/ Sept. 7, 1989/ her son/ Thomas/ George/ SCHREITER/ Apr. 9, 1929/ June 21, 2012

    8. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 2 Page 20.

    9. [S875] Directory - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1918 - Cairnes Official Directory of the City of Kitchener.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Jul 1859 - Hochkirch, , Sachsen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuilding - Simpson Block - - 117 King St. W., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1882 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1885 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1885 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1887 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - upholsterer - 1888 - Orillia, Orillia Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Upholsterer - 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 MapsOccupation - Upholsterer - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - funeral home operator - 1902 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant Furniture - 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 MapsResidence - 1912 - 89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1918 - 89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - 89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 89 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1937 - 93 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterlooo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Mar 1942 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Petersburg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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