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

Joseph A. Zuber[1, 2]

Male 1866 - 1935  (68 years)

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  • Name Joseph A. Zuber 
    Born 11 May 1866  Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Business Grand Central Hotel, Kitchener, King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grand Central Hotel Advertizement
    Grand Central Hotel Advertizement
    about 1910
    Kitchener,GrandCentralHotel-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,GrandCentralHotel-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    Grand Central Hotel, Joseph Zuber, proprietor From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Business Cigar Maker 
    Kitchener-JosephZuber-0001-CigarAdvert-1907.JPG
    Kitchener-JosephZuber-0001-CigarAdvert-1907.JPG
    Twin-City Directory and Official Guide of the Towns of Berlin and Waterloo 1907
    Business Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Walper House 
    Walper House stationery 1932
    Walper House stationery 1932
    Occupation 1890  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Laborer 
    Occupation 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hotel Keeper 
    Residence 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Hotel Keeper - Grand Central 
    Grand Central Hotel in 1906
    Grand Central Hotel in 1906
    Business 1907  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Market Hotel 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Hotel Keeper 
    Grand Central Hotel Trade Card
    Grand Central Hotel Trade Card
    image from Facebook 2014
    Residence 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Proprieter, Hotel 
    Residence 1921  96 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Roman Catholic 
    Residence 1935  96 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-36509P 
    Died 5 Mar 1935  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Cause: cancer of rectum, in brain & OS Sacrum 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I36509  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2021 

    Father Charles Zuber,   b. 4 Nov 1834, Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1912  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Josephine Lehmann,   b. 31 Dec 1841, Drusenheim, Alsace Lorraine, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1910  (Age 68 years) 
    Family ID F258310  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Ann Hummel,   b. 10 Aug 1866, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1938, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1890  Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 7
    Children 
     1. Eleanora Maria Zuber,   b. 15 Dec 1890, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1906, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     2. Maude Zuber,   b. 8 Dec 1891, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Ida Rosetta Zuber,   b. 10 Oct 1893, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Joseph Charles Zuber,   b. 8 Aug 1896, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1978, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     5. Henry Franklin Zuber,   b. 13 Aug 1898, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1898, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Edgar Ferdinand Zuber,   b. 17 Jun 1902, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1931  (Age 29 years)
     7. Colette N. Zuber,   b. 28 Aug 1904, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1994, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     8. Geraldine R. Zuber,   b. 7 Sep 1909, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Clardien Rosana Zuber,   b. 7 Sep 1909, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F9628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Grand Central Hotel 1906
    Grand Central Hotel 1906
    corner of King and Benton Streets, Kitchener, Ontario
    Kitchener-JosephA.Zuber-0001-HotelAdvert1907.JPG
    Kitchener-JosephA.Zuber-0001-HotelAdvert1907.JPG
    Twin-City Directory and Official Guide of the Towns of Berlin and Waterloo 1907
    Zuber,Joseph-1837-1924-0001-HanslianWalkAroundTheWorld-WHS.jpg
    Zuber,Joseph-1837-1924-0001-HanslianWalkAroundTheWorld-WHS.jpg
    Grand Central Hotel owner Joseph A. Zuber (hatless) stands behind Polly, Leopoldine and Anton Hanslian in early April 1904. Part of Berlin's, Benton Street post office is at the right in this photo taken by Albert Snyder. - Waterloo Historical Society




    Flash from the Past: Around the world in 2,200 days

    mills, r. (2019). Flash from the Past: Around the world in 2,200 days. KitchenerPost.ca. Retrieved 13 January 2019, from https://www.kitchenerpost.ca/living-story/9113278-flash-from-the-past-around-the-world-in-2-200-days/



  • Notes 
    • OWNER OF WALPER HOUSE SUCCUMBS

      Joseph Zuber, Sr., Made Hotel business Both His Work and Hobby

      Joseph Zuber, Sr., well-known Kitchener hotelman, died at the Walper House last evening in his 68th year following a two-year illness. He had been confined to bed practically since Christmas, but three weeks ago was in his office for a short time. Born and raised in Waterloo County, Mr. Zuber as a young man entered the hotel business, and eventually became one of Ontario's best known hotel operators. He gained the reputation of being the largest individual hotel owner in the Dominion, all other hotels as large or larger than the Walper House being under company control. The deceased was born on May 11, 1864 on a farm near New Germany, the son of the late Charles Zuber and Josephine Lehmann.

      Owned three Hotels

      His hotel career started in a modest way when he bought the Grand Central Hotel, now Hotel Kitchener, 41 years ago, from the late Joseph Mattell. Subsequently he bought the Market Hotel, which was situated where the present comfort station is located but which hotel he himself never occupied. In 1910 he purchased the Walper House, succeeding the late Ed. Hollinger as occupant. At one time the deceased owned the three hotels simultaneously. Subsequently he sold the Market Hotel which was operated for many years by E.E. Bowman, now deceased. Mr. Bowman sold it about 12 years ago to the city and the buildings were torn down to make room for the new city hall and the comfort station. The deceased, however, retained his ownership of the Walper House and the Grand Central Hotel. The last mentioned property is now operated as the Hotel Kitchener by Emil Ruf under lease and has been renovated and transformed.

      Mr. Zuber's venture into the hotel business was successful. Under his direction the Walper House had to be enlarged from time to time in order to provide sufficient accommodation for the travelling public, and eventually the hotel capacity was more than doubled. The deceased always delighted in undertakings providing improved facilities and accommodation for his patrons, and he enjoyed a wide popularity with the travelling public.

      Hotel His Life

      The deceased was exclusively an hotelman. Keeping hotel and catering to the public was not only a business for him, it was also a hobby and a pastime. He therefore did not seek such avenues of leisure as clubs and social organizations, and spent practically all his time at the hotel. Mr. Zuber is survived by his wife, Sarah Hummel, and one son, Joseph, Jr., operating and managing the Walper House; three daughters, Mrs. B.J. Zoellner, Mrs. Leo Donohue, and Mrs. George Scott, all of Kitchener. Also surviving are two brothers and three sisters. Charles of Kitchener and Henry on the old homestead, New Germany; Mrs. L. Shropshire, Preston, Mrs. E. Schmuck, also of Preston, and Mrs. Mary Hummel of Kitchener. The funeral will be held at 10 am, Friday from St. Mary's Catholic Church to Mt. Hope Catholic Cemetery.

      Kitchener Daily Record 6 Mar 1935 Pg.1&11

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 13 Aug 1896.
      7 Aug 1896 The wife of Joseph Zuber, in Berlin, a son.

    2. [S3002] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 012203-90.
      Joseph Zuber, 23 occ. Laborer, b. Guelph Township, res. Waterloo Township, son of Charles and Josephine married Sarah Ann Hummel, 24, b. Waterloo Township, res. Waterloo Township, daughter of Joseph and Catherine, Witness(es) Albert Lehman of Pilkington Township and Mary Hummel, 18 February 1890 in New Germany.

    3. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-8 Page 13.

    4. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 38 Page 3.

    5. [S713] Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 33979 (1935), Joseph Zuber.
      Joseph Zuber b. 11 May 1866, Waterloo Co., d. 5 Mar 1935 Kitchener, res. 96 Queen St. N., occ, hotel proprietor, cause: cancer of rectum, in brain & OS Sacrum, wife Sarah, s/o Charles Zuber (b. Germany) & Josephine Lehman (b. Germany)

    6. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 25 Page 5.

    7. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 7.

    8. [S2173] Find A Grave, Cemetery, M., America, N., Municipality, W., & Cemetery, M. (1866). Joseph Zuber (1866-1935) - Find A Grave Memorial. Retrieved 29 April 2020, from https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/10126915/joseph-zuber.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 May 1866 - Guelph Township, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - - Grand Central Hotel, Kitchener, King St. E., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Walper House - - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Laborer - 1890 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Feb 1890 - Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - Grand Central - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Market Hotel - 1907 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Proprieter, Hotel - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 96 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - 96 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: cancer of rectum, in brain & OS Sacrum - 5 Mar 1935 - 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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