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August Fuchs

August Fuchs[1, 2]

Male 1820 - 1887  (66 years)

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  • Name August Fuchs 
    Born 28 Aug 1820  Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Christened 28 Aug 1820  Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Birth 24 Aug 1822  [3
    Business August Fuchs Jeweler and Watchmaker, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Keystone Coin Jewelery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Keystone Coin Jewelery 
    Occupation 1848  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    distiller 
    Occupation 1851  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    watchmaker 
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    clock maker 
    Occupation 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Watchmaker 
    Residence 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Roman Catholic 
    Business 1867  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Jewellery - watches 
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    Occupation 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Jeweller 
    Residence 1871  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    RC 
    Elected Office 1874 
    councillor - Kitchener 
    Name August Fox 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Jeweler 
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    Eby ID Number Waterloo-59121P 
    Died 13 Jul 1887  Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9, 10
    Cause: Pylorus Problems 14 years-Gastritis 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 10
    Person ID I59121  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 

    Father Joseph Fuchs,   b. Abt 1790, of, Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Agatha Bertsche,   b. Abt 1790, of, Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F35725  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Caroline Hollinger,   b. 8 Feb 1830, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1922, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 11 Apr 1848  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. August J. Fuchs,   d. 1870
     2. Charles Augustus Fuchs,   b. 24 Aug 1848, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 83 years)
     3. Carolina Fuchs,   b. 29 Jul 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1853, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. Mary Fuchs,   b. 1851, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Albert Fuchs,   b. CALC 29 Nov 1853,   d. 29 Jul 1854  (Age ~ 0 years)
     6. Wilhelmine "Minnie" Fuchs,   b. 1856, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1918, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     7. Augusta Fuchs,   b. 1857, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. John August Fuchs,   b. 2 Nov 1859, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1920, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     9. Bertha Fuchs,   b. 1861, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Matilda Fuchs,   b. 1863, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. August J. Fuchs,   b. 25 Aug 1866, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     12. Elizabeth Fuchs,   b. 1867, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     13. Ida Fuchs,   b. 1871, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F15345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • August Fuchs, King Street. - When Berlin was a sparsely inhabited hamlet, the present proprietor of the Keystone Coin Jewellery store on King Street established the business. That was 40 years ago, and he had a very successful career. The premises occupied are 13x48 feet in dimensions, and handsomely fitted up with elaborate glass show cases, where a large and elegant stock of jewellery and silverware is displayed to advantage. Mr. Fuch make a specialty of the Rockford and Columbus watches: they are certainly the best American watches made. In cases, the Keystone coin silver watch case of which the centre, back, cap and bezel are made complete of one solid, seamless piece of coin silver without a particle of solder. This is certainly the best case in the market today. Mr. Fuchs gives employment to four competent and skillful workmen. He is a native of Baden, Germany, and was a member of the Town Council here for years. He is thoroughly practical working jewellery, understanding all its branches and makes a particular branch of watch repairing. He is gentleman highly honored and respected in the community.

      Industries of Canada Hamilton and Environs, 1886

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      King Street , North Side

      Foundry Street (now Ontario Street).

      Jacob and John Hoffman, brothers, who came from Pennsylvania, erected a furniture factory on the corner about 1840. It was a two story frame building extending along King St., had 25 to 30 employees and a 15 h.p. engine brought from Buffalo.

      Eby's history gives John Hoffman as having come from Pennsylvania in 1825; Jacob, almost two years older, seems to have come before. They both worked at carpentry, etc., for a number of years before starting the factory in which enterprise they were assisted by Benjamin Eby. On the ridge of the factory roof there was a belfry with the only larger bell in Berlin. This bell served not only the factory but the village as well, pinging at 7 in the morning, at 12, at 1 and at 6 o'clock in the evening. It was used also as a fire bell and was tolled for funerals.

      By some prank or spite the bell was stolen in 1850 before there was a night watchman at the factory, and disappeared for two or three years. Eventually it was found in a well at the comer of Duke and College Streets, put back in place on the Hoffman factory and later was taken to a belfry on the Simpson factory spoken of, where it was used until this factory was discontinued. It was then taken to the pavilion in Victoria Park and was melted down when the pavilion was destroyed by fire.

      Behind the Hoffman factory there was a pond, about three feet deep, fed by a spring, the water being used for the factory boiler, etc. About 1860 a frame building, used by the firm for a warehouse, covered the site of the spring. Further back there was a saw mill, also a planing mill, the first of its kind in Berlin. A two story frame building extending along Foundry Street was later added to the factory and used as a turning shop. At the rear of this building was the factory boiler house.

      Next to the factory on King Street there was a three story brick building. The ground floor was used as a store, called the Berlin Warehouse. Jacob Hoffman, who by this time was alone in the business, John having gone to Waterloo, announced himself as dealer in dry goods, groceries, hardware, china, glassware, crockery, and paint and oils and manufacturer of all kinds of furniture, also sash doors, etc., selling low for cash. An overhead passage way on a bridge connected the second stories of the factory and brick building. Over the store was the paint shop and in the rear a warehouse. Hoffman's store was later occupied by William Schmidt, son of Rev. Wm. Schmidt, an early minister of the Evangelical Church. Schmidt had a dry goods store only, known as the Golden Lion store because of a large gilt lion over the entrance. Isaac Hoffman, son of Jacob, carried on the factory and store for several years; later John S. Anthes was in possession while Hoffman went to Waterloo and continued the furniture business there with Adam Klippert and Martin Wegenast as partners. Jacob and John Hoffman erected a number of houses in Berlin.

      Jacob Hoffman was very stout, weighing over 300 pounds. He was a member of the Evangelical Church. For a time he served on the village council. He resided on Foundry Street in the rear of the Canadian Block in a square, hip roof, two story, frame house, until it was destroyed by fire, when he moved to the west side of Foundry Street, south, where now is the Robe & Clothing Co. building. Here he had a one and one-half story frame house with a large two story addition at the rear where were lodged apprentices and other factory employees. There was a small portico over the front door and a porch extending along the northerly side of the house.

      Next to the Hoffman warehouse there was a saloon and restaurant occupied by a Mr. Unger. He served, among other things, oysters which came in small wooden, 1-gal. kegs. Adjoining Hoffman's store there was the tailor shop of H. J. Nahrgang, later occupied by Henry Glebe, an early band master; next a store differently occupied at various times and next the shoe store of Wm. Niehaus. A three story brick building occupied by Wm. Young as a grocery. Mr. Young eventually went to the Canadian Block and the store was used for various purposes, among them auction sales in the evening. Here there was sold the first white crockery offered in Berlin. Later the building was occupied by the Berliner Journal.

      A one and one-half story frame building with gable toward King St. and a veranda, occupied by Mr. Fuchs, a tailor and shoemaker, whose wife assisted her husband as expert in repairing clocks. The family lived in the building. About 1865 the frame building was moved to the rear and Fuchs' block erected on the street. The ground floor had three stores, the west one occupied by Mr. Fuchs, the middle by John Kayser, dry goods merchant, and the third one by Tindall Simpson and Sons, shoemakers and tailors. The first building on part of the Fuchs' block site was a rough frame structure used by one Susand, colored, who was the first barber in Berlin.

      A two story brick building with gable facing King Street, occupied by Christian Garman, harness maker, who later moved to New Hamburg and started a tannery. This building was later occupied by Levi Gaukel, son of Frederick Gaukel, after his father's death. He had a small hotel known as The Red Lion. In 1860 Urban Prinzer succeeded Gaukel and continued the hotel for a short time.

      A two and one-half story brick building with gable facing King St. was occupied by Levi Gaukel, as a butcher shop after he gave up the hotel next door. Jacob Gaukel was associated with Levi. Later George Debus occupied this shop.

      A building with gable and porch facing King Street, later occupied by George DeBus as a barber shop.

      On the corner of King and Queen Streets there was first a driving shed for the Gaukel hotel opposite, until the Bowman block was erected in 1860. This was a three story brick building lengthwise with King Street. Joseph Bowman the noted violinist occupied the third floor of this building. Half of the ground floor of the building was occupied by Henry B. Bowman with a partner Heins as general dry goods store. This was on the corner. The other half was a brick store occupied by Cole and Graf, druggists, and later by Wm. Bowman in the same business. On the site of the Bowman block is the handsome Bank building built by the Merchants Bank and now occupied by the Bank of Montreal.


      REMINISCENCES OF BERLIN (NOW KITCHENER) By JACOB STROH Contributed by Joseph M. Snyder.

      Part I. Settlement - Early Villagers and Buildings, Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume 1930

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Joseph Bury Born: Canada Age: 28 Father: John Bury Mother: Caroline Ischirhart Bury Born: abt 1856 Spouse: Augusta Fuchs Age: 26 born: Canada Father: August Fuchs Mother: Caroline Hollinger Fuchs married 5 Jun 1884 married: Waterloo

    2. [S1737] Probate - Wills of Waterloo Register A 1853-1871, A-2-99 Last and Will and Testament of Albert Fusch.

    3. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 11.
      August FUCHS Clock Maker Germany 30 Roman Catholic b. 24-Aug
      Carolina FUCHS Germany 22 Roman Catholic b. 8-Feb
      Charles FUCHS Canada 4 Roman Catholic b. 24-Aug
      Carolina FUCHS Canada 2 Roman Catholic b. 29-Jul

    4. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div. 2 Pg. 37.

    5. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div. 1, Pg. 47.

    6. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 2 Page 13.

    7. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      August Fuchs/ born Aug. 28, 1820/ died July 13, 1887/ Caroline his wife/ 1828-1922/ Fuchs

    8. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 21 Jul 1887.
      13 Jul 1887 August Fuchs died at age of 66 years and 11 months. (poem follows)

    9. [S1901] Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: J94141-1 System Origin: Germany-ODM Source Film Number: 921448 Roman Catholic parish register of Eßlingen, Baden, Germany. Includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, family book.
      Name: Augustin Fuchs Gender: Male Baptism/Birth/Christening Date: 28 Aug 1820 Baptism/Christening Place: KATHOLISCH, ESSLINGEN, VILLINGEN, BADEN Death Date: 13 Jul 1887 Father's Name: Joseph Fuchs Mother's Name: Agatha Bertsche

    10. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/219562103.

    11. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      August Fuchs, distiller of Guelph married 11 Apr 1848 in Greenbush by banns to Carolina Hollinger of Guelph, wit: Albert Fuchs - brewer of Guelph & Fried Ohde - labourer of Waterloo

    12. [S2070] Directory - Ontario Directory for 1851.

    13. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 4 Pg 11.

    14. [S1668] Directory - ON, Waterloo - 1867 - Gazetteer and directory of the County of Waterloo. 1867.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1820 - Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 28 Aug 1820 - Esslingen, , Baden-Württemberg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - - August Fuchs Jeweler and Watchmaker, Kitchener, , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - distiller - 1848 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Apr 1848 - Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - watchmaker - 1851 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - clock maker - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Watchmaker - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Jewellery - watches - 1867 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - RC - 1871 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweler - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Pylorus Problems 14 years-Gastritis - 13 Jul 1887 - Guelph City, Wellington Co., 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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