Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Conrad Reitzel Gies[1]

Male 1868 - 1956  (88 years)


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  • Name Conrad Reitzel Gies 
    Born 13 Feb 1868  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Name C. R. Gies 
    Residence 1871  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Dutch Methodist 
    Occupation 1901  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1911  St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Residence 1911  St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Evangelist 
    Eby ID Number 00091-5268.3 
    Died 29 Sep 1956  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Calvary United Brethern Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I47660  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Father Charles Gies,   b. 20 Mar 1838, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1917, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Reitzel,   b. 11 Apr 1843, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1931, Barrie, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Family ID F14152  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Margaret Filsinger,   b. 19 Nov 1870, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1955  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1887  Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Conrad Edgar "Edgar" Gies,   b. 1 Jan 1889, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1941  (Age 52 years)
     2. Verna May Gies,   b. 13 Nov 1891, Heidelberg, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1983, Edmonton, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Frederick Gies,   b. 18 Sep 1896, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 2000  (Age 103 years)
     4. Olive Gies,   b. Apr 1898, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 
    Family ID F12303  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • C. R. GIES.

      A short distance to the west and in sight of the village is the ideal farm of this enterprising young farmer. The farm contains 127 acres of first-class land and is one of the oldest in this section. It was taken up by the late Conrad Geis, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, about seventy years ago, and it was here that he died after the close of a successful farming career of fifty years. It is now the home of the third and fourth generation of the family, having been handed down from father to son. Its present occupant was born on the place in 1858 and was married in 1887 to Miss Sarah, daughter of Mr. Conrad Filsinger, of Adin. They have two interesting little children a son and daughter, who comprise the fourth generation on the farm. This home is a model in every respect, both the exterior and interior being kept in such a manner as to make is decidedly inviting and home like to the stranger who happens to visit the premises. The lawn is very neatly kept, more so than on the average farm home. The visitor who crosses its threshold is always extended a hearty welcome that makes him feel that he is not intruding.

      Mr.Gies is practical farmer in every particular. He is a close observer of scientific principles in farming and puts his observations into practical effect, both in breeding stick and raising grain, His favorite breed of cattle is the Holsteins, of which he has a number of very fine animals. Lady Lizzie, thoroughbred, (registered) has a good record. She has produced 66 pounds of milk per day, and 18 pounds and 14 oz of butter per week. As a prize winner the she has never been beaten. "Carry," one of her progeny, had a calf before she was two years old and also has a creditable record as a butter producer. 'Butter Queen' gives promise of a record breaker and took second premium at Berlin last fall. "Wides Cornelius," not yet two years old, has excellent points and will be a huge animal by the time he reaches maturity. His dam sold for $450.

      In sheep Mr.Gies takes to the Dorset horned breed. This class of sheep have at yet not been extensively bred in Ontario, but they appear to be the favorite with the head professors of the Guelph Model Farm. One of the peculiarities of this breed is the prodigious horns, being especially so in the males. The bead of one which Mr. Gues bred and raised he has bad neatly mounted and hung on the wall of his sitting room. The horns of this beautiful specimen are each 26 inches in length and about 24 inches in diameter at the skull. Some old males have produced horns over 36 inches in length. Another peculiarity of this breed is that they have young twice a year, and the imported dam of a ram now in Mr. Gies' flock produced five healthy lambs in one year.

      In swine breeding Mr. Gies makes a specialty. At present he has five brood sows, two of them being especially fine animals and prize winners. Royal Princess of Elm Grove, a Yorkshire of registered pedigree, must be seen to be appreciated by admirers of fine hogs. G[]es' Girl," a Berkebire, also possessed of a registered pedigree, would make a fine showing at a prize contest. Mr. Gics stands in the front rank as a swine breeder. Those intending to improve their stock would undoubtedly find it to their advantage to see him.

      Ensilage is the popular cattle food on this farm. At the time of my visot a large field of this product was being cut and hauled to the barn, where it it was being cut and forced through a patent blower into the silo. Treadle power is used, three horses being required for the purpose. The machine, which is manufactured by the Elmira branch of the Waterloo Manufacturing Co, does its work well and rapidly. Esilage is fast becoming the prevailing cattle food owing to the large per cent of nutriment it contains, the small amount of labor required in its cultivation and the rapid manner in which it can be prepared for the silo by the latest improved contrivance. Mr. Gies also uses the treadle power for his separator and other machinery, threshing as he requires it with the assistance of one man during the winter season.

      One of the noteworthy features of this farm that attracted my attention on this occasion, was the fine large orchard of 136 thrifty apple trees, many of them breaking down with the choicest fruit. There are a great variety of standard fall and winter apples, and it will, undoubtedly tax the energy to properly handle this large crop while having other work on hand. A good many bushels will be fed to the stock.

      Waterloo County Chronicle 20 Oct 1898, p. 3

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 179.

    2. [S160] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1901, Wellesley E-2 Page 15.

    3. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881.

    4. [S504] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1911, (St. Clements) Div. 7 Page 6.

    5. [S269] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1871, p 83.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1868 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dutch Methodist - 1871 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Dec 1887 - Normanby Twp., Grey Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1911 - St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Evangelist - 1911 - St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Sep 1956 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Calvary United Brethern Cemetery, St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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