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

William Henry Bowman[1, 2]

Male 1842 - 1896  (53 years)


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  • Name William Henry Bowman 
    Born 23 Sep 1842  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Druggist 
    Occupation 1872  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    druggist 
    Occupation 1879  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    chemist 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Druggist 
    Residence 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Church of England 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Druggist 
    Residence 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Eby ID Number 00002-573 
    Died 21 May 1896  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 10
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I33263  Generations
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2021 

    Father Heinrich Baer "Henry" Bauman,   b. 10 Oct 1805, Alleghany Valley, Berks Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Judith W. Bauman,   b. 31 Mar 1808, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1866, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1828  [13
    Family ID F2047  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Jane Date,   b. 16 Jun 1844, Burlington, Halton Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1902, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 28 Aug 1866  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 14
    Children 
     1. Alice Maude "Allie" Bowman,   b. 21 Nov 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1914, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. Frederick Joseph Bowman,   b. 23 Jun 1870, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1938, Oak Bay, , British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     3. Estella Louisa "Stella" Bowman,   b. 8 Jun 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1934, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     4. Annie Gertrude "Gertrude" Bowman,   b. 6 Oct 1874, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1941  (Age 66 years)
     5. Mary Frances "Fanny" Bowman,   b. 3 Jul 1876, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1930  (Age 53 years)
     6. Grace Winnifred Bowman,   b. 21 Sep 1879, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1961, Victoria, British Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     7. Norah Beatrice Bowman,   b. 14 Apr 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1974, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     8. William Henry Bowman,   b. 11 Jan 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F8669  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William H. Baumann, "the fifth son, was born September 23rd, 1842. He is a druggist and has his place of business on King Street, Berlin, opposite Walper Block, and also ticket agent for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. On August 28th, 1866, he was married to Alice Jane, daughter of Samuel Date. They reside on Queen street, between Ahrens and Margaret streets."

      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      DEATH OF MR. BOWMAN \endash

      The many friends of Mr. W.H. Bowman, CPR agent and assessor of Berlin, were shocked on Friday morning to hear of his sudden death from heart disease. He was returning from Waterloo on Thursday evening and having missed the last car, started to walk back shortly after mid-night in company with Mr. John R. Eden. When they got as far as Mr. Boutiller's residence, Mr. Bowman was seized with one of his periodical coughs. Opposite Mr. W. H. Bowlby's residence he sat down to rest and after a time he felt better and was ready to go on home. They had only proceeded a short distance, however, when he suddenly threw up his hands and fell over on the sidewalk dead. Deceased was about to leave on a trip to Gretna, Man., where his daughter Allie, Mrs. W.H. Tyson, resides. Mr. Bowman carried on the drug store business for many years and a few years ago disposed of it to Mr. A.J. Roos, since which time he has devoted himself to his telegraph, express and ticket agency business. He was of a kindly disposition and a friend of everybody. His funeral took palce on Sunday and was very largely attended. The services were conducted by the Rev, F.J. Steen. Deceased was 54 years of age and a widow and eight children survive him.

      Waterloo County Chronicle May 28 1896 pg 5

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      King Street , North Side

      Foundry Street (now Ontario Street).

      Jacob and John Hoffman, brothers, who came from Pennsylvania, erected a furniture factory on the corner about 1840. It was a two story frame building extending along King St., had 25 to 30 employees and a 15 h.p. engine brought from Buffalo.

      Eby's history gives John Hoffman as having come from Pennsylvania in 1825; Jacob, almost two years older, seems to have come before. They both worked at carpentry, etc., for a number of years before starting the factory in which enterprise they were assisted by Benjamin Eby. On the ridge of the factory roof there was a belfry with the only larger bell in Berlin. This bell served not only the factory but the village as well, pinging at 7 in the morning, at 12, at 1 and at 6 o'clock in the evening. It was used also as a fire bell and was tolled for funerals.

      By some prank or spite the bell was stolen in 1850 before there was a night watchman at the factory, and disappeared for two or three years. Eventually it was found in a well at the comer of Duke and College Streets, put back in place on the Hoffman factory and later was taken to a belfry on the Simpson factory spoken of, where it was used until this factory was discontinued. It was then taken to the pavilion in Victoria Park and was melted down when the pavilion was destroyed by fire.

      Behind the Hoffman factory there was a pond, about three feet deep, fed by a spring, the water being used for the factory boiler, etc. About 1860 a frame building, used by the firm for a warehouse, covered the site of the spring. Further back there was a saw mill, also a planing mill, the first of its kind in Berlin. A two story frame building extending along Foundry Street was later added to the factory and used as a turning shop. At the rear of this building was the factory boiler house.

      Next to the factory on King Street there was a three story brick building. The ground floor was used as a store, called the Berlin Warehouse. Jacob Hoffman, who by this time was alone in the business, John having gone to Waterloo, announced himself as dealer in dry goods, groceries, hardware, china, glassware, crockery, and paint and oils and manufacturer of all kinds of furniture, also sash doors, etc., selling low for cash. An overhead passage way on a bridge connected the second stories of the factory and brick building. Over the store was the paint shop and in the rear a warehouse. Hoffman's store was later occupied by William Schmidt, son of Rev. Wm. Schmidt, an early minister of the Evangelical Church. Schmidt had a dry goods store only, known as the Golden Lion store because of a large gilt lion over the entrance. Isaac Hoffman, son of Jacob, carried on the factory and store for several years; later John S. Anthes was in possession while Hoffman went to Waterloo and continued the furniture business there with Adam Klippert and Martin Wegenast as partners. Jacob and John Hoffman erected a number of houses in Berlin.

      Jacob Hoffman was very stout, weighing over 300 pounds. He was a member of the Evangelical Church. For a time he served on the village council. He resided on Foundry Street in the rear of the Canadian Block in a square, hip roof, two story, frame house, until it was destroyed by fire, when he moved to the west side of Foundry Street, south, where now is the Robe & Clothing Co. building. Here he had a one and one-half story frame house with a large two story addition at the rear where were lodged apprentices and other factory employees. There was a small portico over the front door and a porch extending along the northerly side of the house.

      Next to the Hoffman warehouse there was a saloon and restaurant occupied by a Mr. Unger. He served, among other things, oysters which came in small wooden, 1-gal. kegs. Adjoining Hoffman's store there was the tailor shop of H. J. Nahrgang, later occupied by Henry Glebe, an early band master; next a store differently occupied at various times and next the shoe store of Wm. Niehaus. A three story brick building occupied by Wm. Young as a grocery. Mr. Young eventually went to the Canadian Block and the store was used for various purposes, among them auction sales in the evening. Here there was sold the first white crockery offered in Berlin. Later the building was occupied by the Berliner Journal.

      A one and one-half story frame building with gable toward King St. and a veranda, occupied by Mr. Fuchs, a tailor and shoemaker, whose wife assisted her husband as expert in repairing clocks. The family lived in the building. About 1865 the frame building was moved to the rear and Fuchs' block erected on the street. The ground floor had three stores, the west one occupied by Mr. Fuchs, the middle by John Kayser, dry goods merchant, and the third one by Tindall Simpson and Sons, shoemakers and tailors. The first building on part of the Fuchs' block site was a rough frame structure used by one Susand, colored, who was the first barber in Berlin.

      A two story brick building with gable facing King Street, occupied by Christian Garman, harness maker, who later moved to New Hamburg and started a tannery. This building was later occupied by Levi Gaukel, son of Frederick Gaukel, after his father's death. He had a small hotel known as The Red Lion. In 1860 Urban Prinzer succeeded Gaukel and continued the hotel for a short time.

      A two and one-half story brick building with gable facing King St. was occupied by Levi Gaukel, as a butcher shop after he gave up the hotel next door. Jacob Gaukel was associated with Levi. Later George Debus occupied this shop.

      A building with gable and porch facing King Street, later occupied by George DeBus as a barber shop.

      On the corner of King and Queen Streets there was first a driving shed for the Gaukel hotel opposite, until the Bowman block was erected in 1860. This was a three story brick building lengthwise with King Street. Joseph Bowman the noted violinist occupied the third floor of this building. Half of the ground floor of the building was occupied by Henry B. Bowman with a partner Heins as general dry goods store. This was on the corner. The other half was a brick store occupied by Cole and Graf, druggists, and later by Wm. Bowman in the same business. On the site of the Bowman block is the handsome Bank building built by the Merchants Bank and now occupied by the Bank of Montreal.


      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.
      Estella L Bowman Born: Berlin Age: 25 Father: Wm Bowman Mother: Jane Bowman Born: abt 1872 Spouse: Albert J Roos Age: 23 born: Waterloo Father: Jno Roos Mother: Catharine Roos married 12 Oct 1897

    2. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 6 Sep 1866.
      Married 28 Aug 1866 In Berlin by Rev. Schulte, William H. Baumann, pharmacist, was married to Alice J. Date, both of Berlin.

    3. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 175.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 5.

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

    6. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 35.

    7. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 2 Page 11.

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 28 May 1896.
      21 May 1896 William H. Baumann, died in Berlin at age of 53 years, 7 months & 28 days

    9. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 17.

    10. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      East: Bowman/ In memory of/ Wm. H. Bowman/ 1842-96/ Alice Jane Date/ his wife/ 1844-1902/
      South: In memory of/ David Bowman/ 1874-1934/ his wife Mary Maud/ Cowling/ 1875-1944/ In memory of/ I.D. Bowman/ County Clerk/ 1830-96/ Angelina L. Bowman/ his wife/ 1838-1912/
      West: Mary/ Grace/ 1908-1972/ In memory of/ Ruth Bowman/ 1896-1953/ In memory of/ Herbert Joseph/ Bowman/ born June 18, 1865/ died June 19, 1916/ Edith Walker/ Bowman/ 1868-1948/
      North: John I.D./ 1899-1970/ his wife Maja/ 1904-1989 Miriam L./ 1898-1986/ In memory of/ Joseph W. Baumann/[sic]/ Musician/ 1846-1905/ Victor Edmund Walker/ Bowman/ 1901-1932/

    11. [S24] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - St. John the Evangelist Church of England, Pg. 19 Entry 219.
      Bowman, Estella Louise c/o Bowman, William Henry & Bowman, Alice Jane b.8 Jun. 1872 chr. 18 Aug. 1872 sponsor(s) Israel D. Bowman & Mrs. I.D. Bowman wit. W. Brethour M.A. Comments: The father works as a druggist and place of abode is Berlin

    12. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Grace Winneford Bowman Date of Birth: 20 Sep 1879 Gender: Female Birth County: Waterloo Father's Name: William H Bowman (occ. chemist of Berlin) Mother's Name: Alice Jane Date

    13. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 174.

    14. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 5 Sep 1866.
      Bowman, William H. married 28 Aug 1866 to Alice Date By Rev. Dr. Shulte. Groom, a druggist. All of Berlin, C.W.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Sep 1842 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Aug 1866 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - druggist - 1872 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - chemist - 1879 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Church of England - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mennonite - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 May 1896 - 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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