Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Arthur Ulysses Pequegnat

Arthur Ulysses Pequegnat[1]

Male 1851 - 1927  (75 years)

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  • Name Arthur Ulysses Pequegnat 
    Born 22 Sep 1851  La Chaux-de-Fonds, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Male 
    Business Arthur Pequegnat Clock Co., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arthur Pequegant Clock Co.
    Arthur Pequegant Clock Co.
    Located at 53-61 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario from about 1897 to 1941.
    Immigration 1874  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration 1874  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Immigration 1874  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Naturalization 1878  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Naturalization 1879  [2
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Watchmaker 
    Religion 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    baptist 
    Occupation 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Jeweller 
    Religion 1891  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Baptist 
    Elected Office 1894  Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    • Years Served: 1894-95
    Residence 1894  241 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business 1897 
    The Berlin & Racycle Manufacturing Co. 
    The Berlin & Racycle Manufacturing Co.
    The Berlin & Racycle Manufacturing Co.
    Kitchener,Pequegnat,A-BerlinCycle-busyberlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,Pequegnat,A-BerlinCycle-busyberlin1897.jpg
    The "Berlin" cycle manufactured by A. Pequegant, Kitchener From: Busy Berlin Jubilee Souvenir 1897, published by Berlin News-Record
    Committee Membership 1897  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Berlin Public School Board 
    Kitchener,PublicSchoolBoard-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    Kitchener,PublicSchoolBoard-BusyBerlin1897.jpg
    Berlin Public School Board 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  [2
    Manufacturer 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Clock Manufacturer, Clock Works 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Baptist 
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Manufacturer, Clocks 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Baptist 
    Residence 1921  241 Frederick St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 11 Aug 1927  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 7
    Cause: myocardial degeneration (many years) 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    politician, watchmaker 
    Interesting business, life story, 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-40536P 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I40536  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Ulysses Pequegnat,   b. 21 May 1826, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1894, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Francoise Verpillot,   b. 1 Aug 1829, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1917, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1851  , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F8511  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hortense Marchand,   b. 20 Aug 1852, , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1919, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1872  , Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children 
     1. Angeline Elvine Pequegnat,   b. CALC 21 Aug 1874,   d. 2 Nov 1875, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     2. Matilda C. Pequegnat,   b. 20 Nov 1876, Mildmay, Carrick Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1924  (Age 47 years)
     3. Angeline E. Pequegnat,   b. 17 Jan 1879, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963  (Age 83 years)
     4. Edith Pequegnat,   b. 1880, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Ida E. Pequegnat,   b. 6 Jun 1881, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962  (Age 80 years)
     6. Edmond Pequegnat,   b. 22 Oct 1884, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1963  (Age 78 years)
     7. Marcel Pequegnat,   b. 27 Apr 1886, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988  (Age 101 years)
     8. Arthur Eugene Pequegnat,   b. 4 Sep 1888, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1974, RR2 Waterloo, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     9. Leda Pequegnat,   b. 8 Aug 1892, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905  (Age 12 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F10548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Arthur Ulysses Pequegnat
    Arthur Ulysses Pequegnat
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • DEATH OF A. U. PEQUEGNAT - Following an illness of two weeks, one of Kitchener's best known and most public-spirited citizens passed away on Thursday last, august 11th, in the person of Arthur U. Pequegnat, for over fifty years a resident of the city. During that period he was prominently identified with the business interests of the city as a jeweler and as a bicycle and clock manufacturer while he was also active in civic circles. He had been in failing health for a year and a half. He was in his 76th year. Born in Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland, Sept. 22nd, 1851, he came to Canada in 1874, being accompanied to this country by his wife whom he married in 1872, as well as his parents, brothers and sisters, and they settled in Kitchener. Surviving him are his three sons, Edmond, Marcel and Eugene, all of Kitchener, and two daughters, Mrs. B.C. Schulte, of Kitchener, and Miss Ida Pequegnat, at home. His wife passed away in 1919, while two daughters, Mrs. F.H. Boehmer, Miss Leda Pequegnat and two infant children predeceased him. There also survive five brothers, George and Philemon of Kitchener, Albert of Brantford, Joseph of Guelph, and Leon G. of New Hamburg, and five sisters, Mrs. Emma Heimbach of Colville, Wash., Mrs. Ralph Chamberlain of Calgary, Mrs. Lena Fleischer of Hamilton, and Mrs. Schneider and Mrs. B.J. Stumpf of Kitchener. The funeral, which was largely attended, was held on Saturday afternoon to the Benton Street Baptist Church for service thence to Mont Hope Cemetery.

      New Hamburg Independent Aug 19 1927 pg 5.



      Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company


      Arthur Pequegnat came from Switzerland to Berlin, Ontario ca. 1874 with his brothers, sisters and parents. In the 1880s he was importing watches for sale locally in western Ontario. Around 1897 Arthur built a factory in Berlin to manufacture ... bicycles! When that market started to decline, he began in 1904 to convert part of his factory over to making clock movements. Initially his clock cases were produced in local furniture factories, typically with quarter-cut oak but occasionally with mahogany or walnut. Later he set up his own small factory for case production in nearby Breslau.

      The town name was changed from Berlin to Kitchener in 1916. After Arthur died in 1927, relatives continued to operate the company until 1941. At that time the shortage of brass, a key component of the clock movements and other parts, forced the business to shut down.

      A whole book has been devoted to the history of this top-of-the-list, one-hundred-percent Canadian manufacturer of clocks. Six original company catalogues were found during research for the book, but no company production records were ever discovered. Approximately sixty-five catalogued models of mantel clock are known, as well as sixteen models of wall clock (with variations) and seven models of grandfather (hall) clock. The Pequegnat company also sold several "clock kits" for various sizes of clocks over the years - everything one needed except for the case.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      H Fred Boehmer Born: Berlin Age: 24 Father: Philip Boehmer Mother: Anna Guggisberg Born: abt 1877 Spouse: Mathilda Pequegnat Age: 24 born: Mildmay Ont Father: Arthur Pequegnat Mother: Hortensia Marshant married 10 Oct 1901

    2. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-7 Page 14.

    3. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Arthur Ulyssls Pequegnat Death Date: 11 Aug 1927 Death Location: Waterloo Born: abt 1852 Birth Location: Che

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 63.

    5. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Arthur U. Pequegnat/ born/ Sept. 22, 1851/ died/ Aug. 11, 1927/ and his wife/ Hortense Marchand/ born Aug. 20, 1852/ died Oct. 16, 1919/ Precious in the sight of the/ Lord is the death of his/ saints/ Pequegnat

    6. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 7.

    7. [S2555] News - ON, Waterloo, New Hamburg - New Hamburg Independent (1917 -, Death of A. U. Pequegnat - Aug 19 1927 pg 5.

    8. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 30 Page 6.

    9. [S1592] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1891, Sec. 5 Page 40.

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

    11. [S118] News - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo - Waterloo Chronicle, Death of an Aged Resident; Mrs. Francoise Pequegnat Passes Away in Her 89th Year. Came here in 1874 - 2 Sep 1917.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Sep 1851 - La Chaux-de-Fonds, , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1872 - , Switzerland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1874 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1874 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1874 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 1878 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Watchmaker - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - baptist - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1891 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor - Kitchener - 1894 - Kitchener Daily Record Newspaper, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCommittee Membership - Berlin Public School Board - 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 MapsOccupation - Clock Manufacturer, Clock Works - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer, Clocks - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: myocardial degeneration (many years) - 11 Aug 1927 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - politician, watchmaker - 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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