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Jacob Baetz

Jacob Baetz

Male 1852 - 1920  (68 years)

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  • Name Jacob Baetz 
    Born 23 Dec 1852  near, Niederaula, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Building 264 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Furniture Manufacturing Factory 
    Business Anthes-Baetz Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration 1871  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 1877  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    mason 
    Residence 1877  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Historic Building 1878  133 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Original owner Jacob Baetz, 1 1/2 story brick with siding. In 1978 it was listed as very good condition with a much altered entrance.
    Naturalization 1878  [1
    Elected Office 1890  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1890-94, 1896-97
    Employer Anthes Furniture Company, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturing 
    Residence 1920  25 Mill St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Dec 1920  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Name Jakob Baetz  [4
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-37952P 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I37952  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Father Heinrich Baetz,   b. CA 1828, Of, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Maria Christina,   b. CALC 3 Jul 1828, Of, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1877, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Family ID F21191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Hoelscher,   b. 15 Mar 1858, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1940, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1877  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. Anna H. Baetz,   b. 3 Dec 1878, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Henry Baetz,   b. 30 Jan 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Carl Joseph "Charles" Baetz,   b. 13 Aug 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961  (Age 78 years)
     4. Jacob H. "Jake" Baetz,   b. 25 Nov 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1981  (Age 96 years)
     5. Walter Edward Baetz,   b. 28 Mar 1887, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1984  (Age 96 years)
     6. Clara Catherine Baetz,   b. 5 Jun 1889, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950  (Age 60 years)
     7. George Oscar Baetz,   b. 2 Apr 1892, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1898, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     8. Private Frederick Alfred Baetz,   b. 29 Sep 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1981  (Age 86 years)
     9. Mary Louise Baetz,   b. 23 Feb 1897, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1991  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F9946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Kitchener Public Library

  • Notes 
    • Jacob Baetz, born near Niederaulau, Germany, came to Canada in 1868 and had a family of nine children. He worked for Casper Braun as a stonemason, bricklayer, and plasterer; trades he had learned from his father. He became a building contractor and built the 1907 Berlin market building, Victoria Public School, Trinity, St. Andrew's and St. Matthew's churches, and many other buildings.

      With R. Boehmer, he founded and operated the Berlin Brick Company on King Street East and in 1907 became owner of the Pommer-Cowan Furniture Company, later Baetz Furniture Limited. This factory was destroyed by fire in 1910 and he then built the Baetz factory still in use in 1973. Baetz was treasurer of St. Matthew's Church for many years from the time the church was built. During the 1890s he was a town councillor and was chairman of the Board of Works when the first steam road roller was purchased.

      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Jacob Baetz, Sr., came to Berlin in 1868 and learned the mason's trade. Afterward he became a building contractor, beginning with homes and then some of the largest blocks and churches of his day. Mr. Baetz was active for nearly fifty years. During that period, he was for some years a business associate of John S. Anthes in the Anthes Furniture Company. In 1908 Mr. Baetz erected a factory at 264 Victoria Street for his sons Jacob H. and Charles J., in which they founded the Baetz Furniture Company. In 1916, the brothers established also the Baetz Specialty Company to make floor and table lamps. Two years later they purchased an interest in the Anthes Furniture Company (now the Anthes-Baetz Co.) at 242 Breithaupt Street, makers of high-grade furniture. Mr. J. H. Baetz is Managing Director of the three companies, and Mr. C. J. Baetz, Vice-President of the three companies.

      A History of Kitchener, W. V. (Ben) Uttley, Kitchener, Ontario 1937, pg 160

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      CHARLES JOSEPH BAETZ - In the business world of Ontario, the name of Baetz stands for furniture of the finest construction and the most artistic designs to be found in the market. Not only in quality, but also in quantity, the firms under the control of the Baetz Brothers rank among the very finest in Canada.

      Many years ago, as a young man, Jacob Baetz left his home in Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany, to make a place for himself in the new and rapidly developing country across the waters. He located in what was then the town of Berlin, now Kitchener, and after working for a time as a contractor and builder, first identified the name of Baetz with the manufacture of furniture.

      For about sixteen years, he was associated as a partner with John S. Anthes. In 1900, he severed his connection with the firm, and returned to his former occupation as a contractor. In the meantime, he had married and his sons, Charles Joseph and Jacob H., were coming to manhood. Educated in the public schools of Kitchener and the Collegiate Institute, they spent the first years of their business life acquiring experience as employees of various large concerns. Since 1908, they have devoted themselves to the development of the two large concerns which bear their name. The Baetz Brothers Furniture Company, founded in 1908, has been incorporated under that name since 1916, , with Jacob H. Baetz, as vice-president, general manager and director of the company. He is also treasurer of the firm of Anthes-Baetz Furniture Company, Ltd., and a member of the firm Baetz Brothers Specialty Company, manufacturers of elec-tric lamps and shades, which they founded in 1919. This latest addition to the business activities of the Baetz Brothers has had a most successful career, Charles J. Baetz being its president, and Jacob H. Baetz serving in the capacity of vice-president and manager. Its quarters occupy 12,000 square feet of floor space, and its output of lamps and silk shades is to be found in all parts of Canada.

      Charles Joseph Baetz devotes the greater part of his time and attention to the affairs of the Anthes-Baetz Furniture Company, Limited. After he left school, Mr. Baetz had a very thorough training in the cabinet trade, serving an apprenticeship, and later working as journeyman for some of the large concerns of Canada and Detroit, Michigan. The factory which is under his immediate supervision and direction is a modern three-story build-ing, covering 45,000 square feet of floor space, and manufactures dining room and bedroom furniture, while the firm of Baetz Brothers produces living room, hall, and upholstered furniture.

      Though their time might be fully occupied by personal affairs, both brothers are active in the life of their city. Charles Joseph Baetz is a member of the City Council and chairman of their finance committee. Jacob H. Baetz is on the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Christian Association, and is a member of the advisory board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vo-cational School. He also has given a long term of service to the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Board. He is actively interested in Masonic af-fairs, holding his membership in the Twin City Lodge, No. 509, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Kitchener Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He belongs to the Grand River Country Club, while his brother, Charles Joseph Baetz, is a member of the Lancaster Club.

      Charles Joseph Baetz was married, in 1914, to Dorothy Meinke, of Kitchener, and they are the parents of one son, Karl William, who was born on November 25, 1919. Jacob H. Baetz married Vera Bowman, of Kitchener, on April 22, 1914. To them have-been, born one son and one daughter, Mary Carolyn and John David.

      The Province of Ontario: a history, 1615-1927, Dominion Publishing Company, Toronto

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      Mill Street highrise in Kitchener would raze Hall of Famer's house, heritage group says

      by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record

      KITCHENER \emdash Residents in a downtown neighbourhood say a proposed highrise on Mill Street will mean the demolition of the heritage home of a member of Waterloo Region's Hall of Fame, and irrevocably alter the look and feel of the area.

      Local developer Polocorp Inc. wants to build a 176-unit, 10-storey development on property it owns on Mill Street near Queen Street, next to the Iron Horse Trail. The development's density would be 3.5 times more than what's currenlty permitted, and would require changes to zoning change and the Official Plan.

      Six brick homes from 19 to 41 Mill St., now divided into rental apartments, would be demolished. Two of the homes are large brick century homes, including a 133-year-old house built by Jacob Baetz, a prominent local businessperson and city councillor who was inducted in the region's hall of hame.

      "There is considerable concern about it from several residents in the neighbourhood," said Gail Pool, a member of the North Waterloo branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

      The group argues the project would not only demolish an important piece of local history, it would affect other nearby heritage assets and have a severe impact on the Iron Horse Trail, one of 55 cultural heritage landscapes in Kitchener.

      Baetz built the two-storey yellow brick Italianate home in 1886 for $2,100. A statement of significance prepared by the city's heritage staff in 2010 says the Baetz house, at 25 Mill St., is a notable example of an architectural style, and is particularly attractive because of its design and craftsmanship. The house is in good condition and retains most of its original features, including a wraparound veranda with limestone pillars.

      Baetz was a prominent citizen and is a member of the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame. Baetz was born in Germany and came to Canada in 1868 at age 17, where he followed his father's trades as a stonemason, bricklayer and plasterer. He went on to build several prominent local buildings, including the 1907 Berlin market building; Victoria Public School; and Trinity, St. Andrew's and St. Matthew's churches, as well as hundreds of local homes.

      Baetz co-founded and operated the Berlin Brick Co. and owned the Pommer-Cowan Furniture Co., later known as Baetz Furniture Ltd., which operated as a furniture factory until 1973.

      Baetz lived in the house until his death in 1920. He was a town councillor, the chair of the Board of Works when the city bought its first steam-powered road roller, and served on the board of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

      "He is in the region's Hall of Fame. Are we expected to do nothing when the home he built is demolished?" said Pool.

      The city is obliged by provincial law to protect its cultural heritage landscapes such as the Iron Horse Trail, the group argues. Dense development next to the trail could hem it in a narrow green corridor, it says.

      Mill Street was one of the original 19th-century roads into Kitchener, and reportedly follows an old Indigenous trail, Pool notes. "The area is significant and we need to consider how building towers around our heritage, our trails and our parks will impact on the broader community's enjoyment of them."

      The group also questions the developer's assertion that the highrise won't cast major shadows on two designated heritage properties, at 45 Mill St. and 541-561Queen St. S., that are next door. "This development does not belong here."

      The city's heritage advisory committee will consider the proposal on Dec. 3.

      Thompson, C. (2019). Mill Street highrise in Kitchener would raze Hall of Famer's house, heritage group says. KitchenerPost.ca. Retrieved 7 November 2019, from https://www.kitchenerpost.ca/news-story/9682162-mill-street-highrise-in-kitchener-would-raze-hall-of-famer-s-house-heritage-group-says/

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-10 Page 11.

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 11025 (1877), Jacob Baetz-Catherine Hólscher.
      Jacob Baetz, mason of Berlin, Birth Place: Kurhesson Prussia Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1853 Father Name: Henry Baetz Mother Name: Maria Baetz Spouse Name: Catherine Hólscher, residence Berlin, Spouse's Age: 20 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1857 Spouse Birth Place: Wilmot Township Spouse Father Name: Carl Hólscher Spouse Mother Name: Barbara Holscher Marriage Date: 18 Oct 1877 Marriage Place: Waterloo, Preston

    3. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Baetz
      (A) Catherine King/ 1862-1955/
      (B) Jacob Baetz/ 1852-1920/
      (C) Catherine Baetz/ 1858-1940/
      (D) Clara Wilson/ 1889-1950/

    4. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 1 Nov 1877.
      18 Oct 1877 By Pastor Wurster in Preston, Jakob Baetz was married to Catharine Hoelscher, both of Berlin.

    5. [S872] Book - Historic Building Inventory - Kitchener.

    6. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Dec 1852 - near, Niederaula, , Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuilding - Furniture Manufacturing Factory - - 264 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1871 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - mason - 1877 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1877 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Oct 1877 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - 1878 - 133 Church St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1890 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturing - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - 25 Mill St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Dec 1920 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , 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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