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William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt

Male 1836 - 1916  (80 years)

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  • Name William Bernhardt 
    Born 1836  Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1845  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name William Bernhart  [8, 9, 10
    Naturalization 1860  [2
    Residence 1863  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Innkeeper 
    Religion 1871  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Church of Scotland 
    Occupation 1874  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    grocer 
    Occupation 1881  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Hotel Keeper [catagory: hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper] 
    The Western Hotel as known as Hotel Bernhart
    The Western Hotel as known as Hotel Bernhart
    image from Picturesque and industrial Galt.
    Occupation 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hotel Keeper 
    Religion 1891  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Presbyterian 
    Occupation 1901  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Hotel Keeper [catagory: hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper] 
    Religion 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Anglican 
    Residence 1916  104 Ainslie St. N., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-41126 
    Died 18 Mar 1916  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I41126  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Philip Jacob "Jacob" Bernhardt,   b. 29 Mar 1796, Oberhofen, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1857, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Barbara Rupp,   b. 27 Mar 1791, Oberhofen, , Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1881, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F9382  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Isabella Campbell,   b. 1842, , Paisley, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married 26 May 1863  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Minnie Bernhart,   b. 1863, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Marion Barnhart,   b. 1864, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Isabella Campbell "Bella" Bernhart,   b. 12 Sep 1867, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. William George Bernhardt,   b. 4 May 1869, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1924, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     5. Frank Bernhart,   b. 27 Apr 1871, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1946  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F10695  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine McBean Reid "Kate" Munro,   b. 27 Sep 1851, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Aug 1874  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F10733  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Bernhardt was born in Buffalo, New York in 1838 but spent almost all his life in Galt. He was owner and operator of the Western Hotel later known as Overland Hotel. Also operated the Grand Hotel (formerly Queen's Arms Hotel) also involved with the New Royal Hotel.

      \bCambridge Mosiac, Jim Quantrell, 1998, City of Cambridge [snippet from original text in book]

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      Oldest Hotel Keeper Died Saturday

      WILLIAM BERNHARDT PASSES AWAY IN HIS SEVENTY-EIGHTH YEAR.


      FOR THIRTY YEARS HE WAS THE PROPRIETOR OF THE WESTERN HOTEL.

      Galt's veteran hotelman, Mr. William Bernhardt, passed away Saturday evening at 8: 45 at his residence, 104 Ainslie Street South. Deceased had been in failing health for the past six years, having been stricken with paralysis six years ago. He was not only one of Galt's oldest residents but the town's oldest hotelkeeper, being in his 78th year. Though born in Buffalo, N.Y., he spent practically all of his life in Galt. His death was due to general breakdown..

      William Bernhardt came here when young, and the only time he was away from Galt for any lengthy period was two years he had spent in Hamilton. He had been identified with the hotel business in Galt for close onto half a century. For over thirty years he conducted the Western Hotel, which he owned, and he was in the old Grand Hotel for five years and at one time conducted what is now the New Royal Hotel. He was one of Western Ontario's best know hotelmen. He continued in the hotel business until taken ill about six years ago. In late years he devoted most of his time to his four farms located near Galt, one on the Cedar Creek Road, and three near Branchton.

      In religion he was a Lutheran and he was also a member of the Masonic order.
      Besides a widow there survive a family of four - Mrs. T.J. Wagner of Newmarket; Mrs. N.P. Townsend, of Washington, D.C.; William G. of Berlin, and Frank of London.
      The funeral, which will be private, will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 2: 30 from his late residence to Mount View cemetery.3a

      3aGalt Reporter 20 Mar 1916

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      Western Hotel, William Bernhart, Concession Street \endash Galt possesses several very excellent hotels, where the weary traveller may "rest and be thankful" with all the comforts of a home. Among the number must be mentioned the Great Western, which is located Concession Street, in close proximity to the depot of the Wellington Grey and Bruce Railway. It is a handsome structure 50x110 feet in dimensions, with an L 40x40 feet in dimensions and three stories in height, and substantially built of brick. The house contains twenty-five bedrooms, which are light, well-ventilated and comfortably furnished, three parlors, a large and tastefully arranged dining-room, bar-room reading room, etc. The menu is unexcelled, the table having all the delicacies of the season as well as the more substantial viands, while the cuisine is all that the most fastidious could desire. There are six courteous and attentive assistants who look well after the comfort of the guests. The stabling accommodation is first-class there being accommodations for 25 horses. The rates of [unreadable] $1 per day, and special rates are [unreadable] for boarders, of which the house as a [unreadable] has 25. Mr. Bernhart, the proprietor, is a native of Buffalo, of German descent, but has lived most of his life in Canada. He is a genial host, and a gentleman highly esteemed for his many social and business qualities.4a

      4aIndustries of Canada, historical and commercial sketches, Hamilton and environs [microform] : its prominent places and people : representative merchants and manufacturers : its improvements, progress and enterprise"

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 9948-74.
      William BARNHART, 37, widower, grocer, Boston Co NY, Galt, s/o Jacob & Barbara, married Kate McBean Reid MUNRO, 24, Galt, same, d/o George & Isabella, witn: John MORTON of Hamilton & William McCARTNEY of Mitchell, 10 Aug 1874 at Galt

    2. [S259] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1901, Galt (Town/Ville) C-8 Page 8.

    3. [S336] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1881, Galt Division 2 Page 9.

    4. [S570] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 53.

    5. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 17 Page 31.

    6. [S1338] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Galt Reporter (1846-1973), obituary of William Bernhardt - 10 Mar 1916.

    7. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Sec. 1 Page 18.

    8. [S29] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Galt - St. Andrews Presbyerian.
      Francis BARNHART born 27 Apr 1871 Parents Wm. BARNHARTIsabella baptized 14 Jun 1873 St. Andrew's Presbyterian

    9. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Barnhard William, 27, Galt, New York state, s/o Jacob & Margaret (Reul), married 26 May 1863 Isabella Campbell, 21, Galt, Scotland, d/o Daniel & Mary (Samuel)

    10. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), 10 Apr 1873.
      Died 27 Mar 1873 In Galt, Isabella, wife of William Bernhart, died at 30 years of age.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1836 - Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1845 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1863 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 May 1863 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Innkeeper - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Church of Scotland - 1871 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - grocer - 1874 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Aug 1874 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper [catagory: hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper] - 1881 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Presbyterian - 1891 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hotel Keeper [catagory: hotel keeper, inn keeper, tavern keeper] - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Anglican - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1916 - 104 Ainslie St. N., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 1916 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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