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Mayor Otto Homuth

Mayor Otto Homuth

Male 1859 - 1928  (68 years)

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  • Name Otto Homuth 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 6 Dec 1859  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Business Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Otto Homuth Wool Stock Co. 
    Otto Homuth Wool Stock Co.
    Otto Homuth Wool Stock Co.
    Otto Homuth and sons' factory, Preston, Ontario
    Elected Office Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor 
    • Served on the Preston village council from 1895 to 1897 and was reeve of the village in 1898 and 1899. He was, thus, reeve on September 30, 1899 when Preston was incorporated as a town and thereby became the first mayor of Preston although the distinction of being the first elected mayor of Preston goes to George Clare. In 1912 he succeeded M. H. Mullin as mayor of Preston and served in that capacity until 1914.
    Interesting business, politics 
    Religion 1861  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Wool Sorter 
    Religion 1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Wool Sorter 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-352575 
    Died 11 Aug 1928  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Cause: Cause: Chronic Fibrosis of Lungs (2 years) - Cancerous Growth in Liver (4 months) 
    Buried 14 Aug 1928  Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I352575  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father John Christian George William Homuth,   b. 22 Mar 1822, Putlitz, Putlitz, , Brandenburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1901, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Wilhelmina "Lena" Levan,   b. 2 Aug 1831, Parchim, , Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1903, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Family ID F251489  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charlotte Jane McDowell,   b. 11 Jun 1865, Milton, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1925, Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 4 Nov 1886  Milton, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Sarah Gertrude Homuth,   b. 6 Apr 1888, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Margaret Ida "Maggie" Homuth,   b. 7 Aug 1890, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1908, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     3. Herbert Otto Homuth,   b. 27 Feb 1892, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1920, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     4. Karl Kenneth Homuth, MPP,   b. 12 Dec 1893, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1951  (Age 57 years)
     5. Robert John Homuth,   b. 29 Mar 1896, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1919, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     6. Harold Thomas "Pat" Homuth,   b. 12 Mar 1898, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age 49 years)
     7. Ruth Isabella Homuth,   b. 15 Dec 1900, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1926, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
     8. George Albert Emil Homuth,   b. 30 Dec 1901, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1943, Stratford, Perth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     9. Clara Wilhelmina Homuth,   b. 22 Nov 1903, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964  (Age 60 years)
     10. Frank Leslie Homuth,   b. 1 Aug 1906, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1915, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     11. Howard Christian Homuth,   b. 21 Jun 1908, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F252182  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Dec 1859 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Otto Homuth Wool Stock Co. - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1861 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Nov 1886 - Milton, Trafalgar Twp., Halton Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Wool Sorter - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Wool Sorter - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Chronic Fibrosis of Lungs (2 years) - Cancerous Growth in Liver (4 months) - 11 Aug 1928 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 14 Aug 1928 - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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    Otto Homuth
    Otto Homuth
    Served on the Preston village council from 1895 to 1897 and was reeve of the village in 1898 and 1899. He was, thus, reeve on September 30, 1899 when Preston was incorporated as a town and thereby became the first mayor of Preston although the distinction of being the first elected mayor of Preston goes to George Clare. In 1912 he succeeded M. H. Mullin as mayor of Preston and served in that capacity until 1914.

  • Notes 
    • FATHER OF SOUTH WATERLOO MEMBER PASSED SATURDAY

      Otto Homuth Dies After Active Career Of Municipal Endeavors; Founded Industry

      Otto Homuth, aged 68; prominent Preston business and political man and father of Karl K. Homuth. M. L. A. for south Waterloo, died at his home 479 William street Saturday morning, after a lingering illness of more than a year. Mr. Homuth always took an active interest in municipal affairs and district activities and his demise, while not unexpected will be deeply mourned by the entire community. In 1912 the late Mr. Homuth started his present business as manufacturer of woolen socks. This industry has steadily grown and to now a prosperous concern. A short time after he started the Preston plant his sons, Harold and Karl joined their father and the business is now known as Otto Homuth & Sons. He was born in the house which is still standing in the woolen mill yards in Preston and spent his entire life here. The deceased's parents emigrated to Canada in 1850 from Germany and were among the earliest settlers of Halton county. They moved to Preston later in 1898 and in1899 the late Mr. Homuch was reeve of the village of Preston having been elected by acclamation and automatically became Preston's first mayor when the village was incorporated as a town in 1899. He was village councillor for a number of years. During his long and active life he has always been an active worker in municipal affairs. For 17 years he was a member of the school board holding the position of chairman and secretary treasurer. Homuth was a Conservative and took an active part in the campaigns of the late Hon. George Clare. He was also active to the campaigns of his son. K. K. Homuth. He was a Lutheran and was for many years on the church board and represented the Lutheran Synod at Philadelphia. He was a very active member of Lodge No. 516 of the local court of the Canadian Order of Foresters and it is believed that he is the last of the charter members. For a great number of years he had the position of treasurer. For some years Mr. Homuth was a member of the parks board and at the time of his death was chairman. The funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 3.30 from his late residence where services will be held and then to the Preston Cemetery. Rev. W. H. Knauff, of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, will have charge of the services. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William Galloway, of Toronto, and Miss Clara at home; four sons, K. K. Homuth, M. L. A., Howard and Harold at home and George of Toronto; three sisters, Mrs. Edward Hagey of South Bend, Ind., Miss Alvina Homuth and Mrs. Minnie Munson, of Preston. His wife, who was formerly Charlotte McDowell, predeceased him three years.

      Kitchener Daily Record 13 Aug 1928 pg 3

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      Otto born in Preston first worked for Geo. Pattinson & Co, textile manufacturer, where he worked for 37 years. He was for most of that time of raw materials. He left in 1911 to form the Otto Homuth Wool Stock Co. manufacturer of wood stocks. Two of his sons joined the company later on. He was a member of the Board of Trade, Preston School Board and Preston council.


      Cambridge Mosaic , Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [abbreviated snippet from original text in book]

  • Sources 
    1. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-2 Page 26.

    2. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg. 66.

    3. [S1473] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1861, Div. 2 Page 27.

    4. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 25.

    5. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      [Monument] HOMUTH/ [Front stone markers] Ruth I. HOMUTH/ wife of Richard BRACKEN/ 1900 - 1926./ Harold "Pat"/ HOMUTH/ 1898 -1948./ DAVIDSON/ John A./ 1903 - 1991/ Clara/ 1903 - 1964./ George A. E. HOMUTH/ 1901 - 1943./ Gladys WHITE/ beloved wife of/ Harold HOMUTH/ 1898 - 1924./ [Back markers]Otto HOMUTH/ 1859 - 1928./ Charlotte MCDOWELL/ beloved wife of/ Otto HOMUTH/ 1865 - 1925./ Herbert Otto/ 1892 - 1920./ Maggie/ 1890 - 1908./ Frank/ 1906 - 1915./ Baby/ 1923./ Robert John/ 1896 - 1919.

    6. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name:Otto Homuth Gender:Male Birth Year:abt 1860 Birth Place:Preston Age at Death:68 Death Date:11 Aug 1928 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    7. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name:Otho Homath Age:26 Birth Date:abt 1860 Birth Place:Canada Marriage Date:4 Nov 1886 Marriage County or District:Halton Father:John Homath Mother:Melvine Leve Spouse:Lottie McDowell Spouse's Age:21 Spouse Birth Date:abt 1865 Spouse Birth Place:Canada Spouse Father:Thos McDowell Spouse Mother:Sarah McDowell