Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Charles August Ahrens

Charles August Ahrens

Male 1856 - 1937  (81 years)

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  • Name Charles August Ahrens 
    Born 28 Aug 1856  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Christened 1 Jan 1860  Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Swedenborgian 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Harnessmaker 
    Religion 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    New Church 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Slipper Maker 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence of C. A. Ahrens Jr. 1897
    Residence of C. A. Ahrens Jr. 1897
    From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Manufacturer 
    Chas. A. Ahrens & Co's Shoe and Slipper Manufactory
    Chas. A. Ahrens & Co's Shoe and Slipper Manufactory
    from Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Public Service 1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Council of the Baord of Trade 
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Residence 1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Probably 118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    From: Berlin Today 1806-1906
    Historic Building 1910  5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    factory - brick - 3 story 
    • The brick and beam building with large windows and a working historic elevator was built by Charles Ahrens in 1910 to house the Ahrens Shoe Co.

      In the 1970s, it became a Greb factory outlet shoe store and from 1979 to 1999, it was the home of the Cline Shirt Co., a shirt manufacturer.
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Manufacturer, Shoes 
    Berlin-Ahrens-CharlesA.Ahrens-SlippersAdvert-1912.JPG
    Berlin-Ahrens-CharlesA.Ahrens-SlippersAdvert-1912.JPG
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Swedenborgian 
    Residence 1918  118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1937  276 Louisa St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 14 Sep 1937  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Name C. A. Ahrens 
    Name Carl August Ahrens 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-38738 
    Buried Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I38738  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Father Charles Andrew Ahrens,   b. 11 Jul 1827, Hohen-Wesdt, Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1903, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Charlotte Henrietta Roth,   b. CALC 29 Jun 1831, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1896, Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 16 Apr 1854  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Family ID F14767  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Laura Emma Hirschy,   b. 20 Dec 1859, , , USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Frederick Hirschy Ahrens,   b. 27 Jun 1883, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1975, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Charlotte Mary Lottie" Ahrens,   b. 12 Jan 1885, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Florence Louisa Ahrens,   b. 25 Feb 1891, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F10133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1856 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 1 Jan 1860 - Church Of New Jerusalem, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Harnessmaker - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - New Church - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Slipper Maker - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1897 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPublic Service - Council of the Baord of Trade - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHistoric Building - factory - brick - 3 story - 1910 - 5 Michael St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Shoes - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Swedenborgian - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1918 - 118 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1937 - 276 Louisa St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Sep 1937 - 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 - - Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Carl August Ahrens
    Charles August Ahrens
    Charles August Ahrens
    image from Mark Lasso 2013

  • Notes 
    • Charles August Ahrens, born in Port Elgin, Ontario, the second oldest of eleven children, served three years apprenticeship at harness making with Henry Roth in Berlin, Ontario. He then went to Iowa and specialized in making fancy harness for harness racing. While in Berlin on his honeymoon in 1882, he was persuaded by his father to join him in shoe manufacturing. A factory, specializing in men's work boots, was built at 43 Queen Street South and later a new factory was erected on Linden Street where "Chums" shoes for children were manufactured and sold nationally. Ahrens was very highly respected in his home community as a businessman and leading citizen.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-11 Page 12.

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 69.

    3. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 5.

    4. [S2] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian).
      Carl August b. 28 Aug 1856, bapt. 1 Jan 1860 c/o Charles A. & Henriette Ahrens

    5. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 25 1911 Pg. 11.

    6. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Section 3 Page 25.

    7. [S875] Directory - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1918 - Cairnes Official Directory of the City of Kitchener.

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

    9. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Carl Andreas Ahrens, shoemaker of Berlin married 16 Apr 1854 at Greenbush by licence to Charlotte Henriette Roth of Berlin, witnesses: Henry Ahrens of Berlin, Henry Kraeling of Berlin.

    10. [S244] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Deutsche Canadier (1841-1865) - Index to Births, Deaths and Marriages Announced in the Deutsche Canadier, Berlin, Canada West. originally indexed by Simone Nieuwolt and Sylvie Kuppek..organised by Rosemary Ambrose, 20 Apr 1854 Pg 16.
      AHRENS, Carl Andreas married 16 Apr 1854 To Charlotte Henriette ROTH. Both Berlin.