Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Mayor William George "Billy" Weichel, MP

Mayor William George "Billy" Weichel, MP

Male 1870 - 1949  (78 years)

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  • Name William George "Billy" Weichel 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Suffix MP 
    Born 20 Jul 1870  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Hardware Store 
    Photograph Individual 1903 
    William Weichel 1903
    William Weichel 1903
    Residence 1905  Allen St. E., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence of Willaim George Weichel on Allen Street, Waterloo, Ontario about 1906
    Residence of Willaim George Weichel on Allen Street, Waterloo, Ontario about 1906
    00 Years of Progress in Waterloo County, Canada: Semi-centennial Souvenir 1856-1906
    Occupation 1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Merchant, Hardware 
    Religion 1911  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Elected Office 1922  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario 
    Died 2 May 1949  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  [6
    Name Billy Weichel 
    Name W. G. Weichel 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-41204 
    Person ID I41204  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Reeve Michael Weichel,   b. 25 Sep 1843, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1918, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Margaret Schmidt,   b. CALC 20 Sep 1846, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1870, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1866  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F6780  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jessie Rose Kinsman,   b. 9 Feb 1873, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1926  (Age 53 years) 
    Children 
     1. Jessie Norine Weichel,   b. 30 Jun 1900, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Minota Margaret "Minnie" Weichel,   b. 13 Jun 1904, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1965, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Audrey Weichel,   b. 20 Sep 1909, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F10758  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Minnie Rose Kaitting,   b. 13 Nov 1891, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1984, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 19 Sep 1928  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F47173  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jul 1870 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Hardware Store - 1901 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1905 - Allen St. E., Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Merchant, Hardware - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor of Waterloo, Ontario - 1922 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Sep 1928 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 May 1949 - 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
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  • Photos
    William (Billy) Weichel
    William (Billy) Weichel
    W. G. Weichel
    W. G. Weichel
    From: Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912

  • Notes 
    • Waterloo businessman and politician Billy Weichel was known as the Old Warrior; his most memorable battle being the federal election of 1911 when he defeated William Lyon Mackenzie King. Weichel defeated King, who was the labour minister in the Liberal Laurier government, by 315 votes to win Waterloo North for the Conservatives. It was believed that Weichel won on the issue of free trade with the United States. Weichel's Conservatives opposed reciprocity at a time when Kitchener-Waterloo manufacturers and labourers feared an influx of cheap American goods

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      Mr. Wm. G. Weichel is manager of the Waterloo store [M. Weichel and son]. Under his management the business, which comprises practically similar lines of goods as are kept in Elmira, is constantly increasing and gaining in favor. The large quantities of goods required by the firm, enables them to place their orders on the most advantageous terms.

      Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

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      W. G. Weichel, born in Elmira, July 20th, 1870, resided in Elmira until he was twenty, and then left for Galt, where he was employed in Shurly & Dietrich's factory as shipping clerk for three years and then represented them as traveller on the road for the next four years. Bought out a hardware business in the town of Waterloo from J. W. Fear & Co., formerly occupied by N. Killer & Son, under the firm name of M. Weichel & Son, which firm at that time was operating a store and is at the present time operating a store in Elmira. Was President of the Board of Trade in 1908, and President of the Canadian Club of Berlin and Waterloo for 1910. Served in the Town Council as Councillor for two years, one year as Deputy Reeve, and was elected Mayor by acclamation after the death of Levi Graybill, the former Mayor. On September 21st, 1911, was elected member of the House of Commons, defeating the former Minister of Labor, the Hon. W. L. M. King. A popular, aggressive member, who serves his constituency faithfully. Always on the job\emdash courteous and thorough. A public man of sterling worth to the Dominion.


      Official souvenir of the celebration of cityhood, July 17th 1912, Berlin, Ontario, The German Printing and Publishing Co

  • Sources 
    1. [S135] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1901, Waterloo (Town/Ville) D-3 Page 5.

    2. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 74.

    3. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 2, Pg. 58.

    4. [S366] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - 1911, Div. 43 Pg. 8.

    5. [S2222] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Township (North) - 1871, Div. 4, Pg. 9.

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

    7. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Michael Weichel Born: Germany Res: Woolwich Age: 23 Father: George Weichel Mother: Elizabeth Schaefer Born: 1843 Spouse: Margaret Smidt Age: 19 born: Germany Res: Woolwich Born: 1847 Father: Peter Smidt Mother: Henrietta Frauzman married 9 Jan 1866

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 18 Jan 1866.
      Jan. 9, 1866 Margaretha Schmidt and Michael Weichel, both of Woolwich