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

Simon Cober[1]

Male 1876 - 1942  (65 years)


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  • Name Simon Cober 
    Historic Building Abt 1860  1664 Huron Road, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    stone house 1 1/2 stories 
    • 1 1/2 story stone cottage. Constructed by Richard Sheard, later bought by Simon Cober in 1904
    Born 17 Nov 1876  , Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1911  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Dunkard 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-32355P 
    Died 3 Aug 1942  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Rosebank Community Cemetery, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I32355  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Feb 2024 

    Father Solomon Cober,   b. 22 Jul 1842, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1936, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Hannah Strome,   b. 24 Oct 1846, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1881  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1866  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F1027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Solomon Cober,   b. 22 Jul 1842, Puslinch Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1936, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Pletsh,   b. 10 Mar 1859,   d. 6 Feb 1946  (Age 86 years) 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Hesse,   b. 12 Jan 1871, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1930  (Age 59 years) 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Ann Cober,   b. Oct 1904, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1998  (Age ~ 93 years)
     2. Irvine H. Cober,   b. 2 Sep 1907, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1983, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Mabel Pearl Cober,   b. 1918,   d. 22 Feb 1993, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F9951  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Ann Cober,   b. Oct 1904, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1998  (Age ~ 93 years)
     2. Irvine H. Cober,   b. 2 Sep 1907, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1983, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Mabel Pearl Cober,   b. 1918,   d. 22 Feb 1993, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2024 
    Family ID F265282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Kitchener to spend $730,000 to move heritage house, reuse as park washroom
      NEWS 07: 04 PM by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record

      KITCHENER - Kitchener councillors voted unanimously Monday to spend $730,000 to move an 1861 heritage house and renovate it as a washroom and change room for the new South Kitchener District Park .

      The stone cottage at 1664 Huron Rd. is right where soccer fields are planned in the new park at Huron and Fischer-Hallman roads. Drainage, grading and other issues make it difficult to move the soccer fields, so the house must either be moved or demolished.

      While the price tag for moving the house seems high, said Coun. Scott Davey, "the reality is we're potentially saving $80,000 by reusing a heritage building ... I think this is as good a solution as we're ever going to get in a situation like this."

      Reusing a heritage building is better for the environment, noted Coun. Yvonne Fernandes. "We're reusing materials that would go to a landfill if demolished," she said.
      A heritage study determined the house was worth saving, since it is one of about a half-dozen stone houses built between 1850 and 1870 in a unique Scottish-English enclave in southwest Kitchener.

      But councillors delayed a decision last fall when preliminary estimates suggested it would cost anywhere from $640,000 to almost $1 million to move the house, compared to $600,000 or $700,000 to build a new washroom. There was enough money in the park's budget to cover the cost of either option.

      Firmer cost estimates presented on Monday say the house could be moved and renovated for about $730,000, while building a new structure would cost about $810,000, roughly $80,000 more than reusing the stone cottage.

      Under the plan approved Monday, the stone cottage would be moved this year, but sit boarded up until 2022 when there is money in the budget to carry out the renovations to transform it into a washroom building. Crews would demolish modern additions and strip the interior this year, then move it to a concrete slab near a planned splash pad, playground and basketball courts.
      The move would include the construction of a "haul road" along which the cottage will travel for about 200-300 metres.

      The history of the cottage and the families that lived there would be explained in commemorative plaques, said Leon Bensason, the city's co-ordinator of cultural heritage. Having the building reused and recognized, in a well-used public space such as a park, is " a unique and good opportunity for the city," he said.


      The Cober family, which lived in the house for many years, told council last September they weren't thrilled to see their old family home used as a public washroom. Coun. Kelly Galloway-Sealock voted in favour of the move, but asked staff to notify the Cober family before council the issue comes to council for ratification on Feb. 25.

      The park is to be built in phases. The $10.3-million first phase of the park will include a splash pad and sports fields. The house will be repurposed as washrooms in the second phase, which is budgeted at $5.5 million and will also add trails and sports courts. Phase 3 will add a bike track and skateboard park for $3.2 million, with an indoor pool and arenas coming later.
      cthompson@therecord.com, Twitter: @ThompsonRecord

      Thompson, C. (2018). Kitchener to spend $730,000 to move heritage house, reuse as park washroom. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/8111500-kitchener-to-spend-730-000-to-move-heritage-house-reuse-as-park-washroom/

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Mabel Pearl Cober - Battler - 24 Feb 1993.

    2. [S1046] Building - Heritage Building Inventory - Kitchener 1991, Report on 1664 Huron Road - pg 20.
      1 1/2 story stone cottage, coursed fieldstone, much altered due to water boiler explosion in 1952.

    3. [S213] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - Rosebank Community CC#4565 Internet Link.
      Simon Cober / 1876-1942 / Mary Hesse / his wife / 1871-1931 / Asleep in Jesus

    4. [S272] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1911, Div. 4 Page 9.

    5. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Solomon Cober aged 26 res Wellington Co. born Wellington Co. son of Jacob and Maria (Groh) married 20 Feb 1866 to Hanna Strome aged 24 res Waterloo born Waterloo daughter of David and Catherine (Sararas).

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - stone house 1 1/2 stories - Abt 1860 - 1664 Huron Road, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Nov 1876 - , Huron Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dunkard - 1911 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Aug 1942 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Rosebank Community Cemetery, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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