Waterloo Region Generations
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Reeve Jacob Werlich

Reeve Jacob Werlich[1]

Male 1853 - 1918  (65 years)

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  • Name Jacob Werlich 
    Prefix Reeve 
    Born 14 Jan 1853  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1871  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Carpenter 
    Business 1890  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Preston Furniture Warerooms 
    1890 Advertisement
    1890 Advertisement
    Occupation 1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Furniture Dealer 
    Residence 1891  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Manufacturer 
    Occupation 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Undertaker, Store 
    Joseph Werlich's advertizement 1912
    Joseph Werlich's advertizement 1912
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    Residence 1911  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Business 1914  756 King St. E., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Furniture and Undertaking 
    Elected Office Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve - Councilman 
    Interesting business, funeral, life story, furniture 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-89955 
    Died 24 Jan 1918  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Cause: Cause: Valvular Heart Disease (1 year) - Dropsy with Heart Failure (2 months) 
    Buried Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I89955  Generations
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 

    Father William Magnus Werlich,   b. 30 Jun 1826, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Christina Ewald,   b. 19 Oct 1832, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1901  (Age < 68 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1851  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F21114  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Louise Stager,   b. 21 Feb 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1954, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married Oct 1880  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 10
    Children 
     1. Angus Albert Werlich,   b. 2 Aug 1882, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Bertha Minetta Werlich,   b. 1883, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1892, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     3. Elma Viola Werlich,   b. 13 Sep 1884, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ada E. Werlich,   b. 1886, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1887  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F23277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • With the demise last Thursday evening of Mr. Jacob Werlich, one of Preston's most valued citizens is removed from our midst. Born in Kitchener, the late Mr. Werlich next went to Guelph. While there he was a bench foreman and his work won for him approval and commendation. Being successful in the furniture line Mr. Werlich then purchased the old Guggisburg furniture store in Preston about 25 years ago. After a number of years he sold it to Messrs. Hall and Belt. For nine years he was out of this business when after the death of Mr. Belt, it was rebought by Mr. Werlich. Since then he has been one of the town's leading businessmen. Although of a rather quiet disposition he made many fast friends who will deeply miss him now. His welfare in the progress of the town was evidenced by his being councilman and reeve for some time. He was also a member of the Parks Board. In addition to his sorrowing wife, whom he wedded 37 years ago, and who was a well known Hespelerite in the person of Miss Nancie L. Stager, three brothers and three sisters survive, Messrs. William, John and Martin, all of Preston; Mrs. Halberstadt and Mrs. Clavelle of Brantford and Mrs. Knack, also of this town. Mrs. Angus Werlich of Wallaceburg, is a son and Mrs Kerby of Detroit, is a daughter. There are also two grandchildren, Esther and Edward Kerby. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon to the Preston cemetery.

      "Death of Jacob Werlich," The Prestonian, Jan. 31, 1918

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      Jacob Werlich was born in Preston, the son of Wilhelm Magnus Werlich, a master weaver of fancy coverlets. He moved to Guelph where he was employed by the Burr Brothers as a bench foreman. Sometime around 1888 he returned to Preston where he purchased the Guggisberg cabinet factory. After a number of years he sold the business to Messrs. Hall and Belt but reacquired the business nine years later following the death of Mr. Belt. In 1906, in partnership with his brother John Werlich, Mr. Werlich established Werlich Bros. & Co. to manufacture upright player pianos, piano benches and music cabinets. He also operated an undertaking business for a time. Mr. Werlich was a member of the Preston Municipal council as a councilor in 1893 and as a deputy reeve in 1894. He also sat on the Waterloo County council in 1894. Mr. Werlich died on January 24, 1918 and is buried in the Preston Cemetery.

      Sources: Obituary, The Prestonian, Thursday January 31, 1918; C. M. Nichols, Jon Dyas "Industrial Preston, Special Souvenir Number 1908," Preston Progress Preston Ontario, 1908.

      From: Quantrell, Jim, Cambridge Mosaic: An Inquiry into Who's Who in the History of Cambridge, (City of Cambridge, ON, 1998), pp. 222-223.

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 21 Jan 1892.
      Jan. 21, 1892 Bertha Minetta Werlich, daughter of Jakob & Louisa M. Werlich died in Preston at age of 9 years.

    2. [S204] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1901, Preston (Village) F-2 Page 19.

    3. [S105] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1871, Pg. 56.

    4. [S1669] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1911, Div. 24 Pg. 8.

    5. [S2441] Census - ON, Waterloo, Preston - 1891, Section 1 Page 17.

    6. [S239] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Preston CC#6335 Cemetery Internet Link .
      [Back] Jacob Werlich/ 1853 - 1918/ His Wife/ Nancy L. Stager/ 1860 - 1954/ Daughters/ Ada E. 1886 - 1887/ Bertha M. 1883 - 1892/ Werlich./

    7. [S2301] Book - Galt Summer Carnival Thursday & Friday June 12th and 13th 1890 [booket].

    8. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration.
      Name:Jacob Werlich Gender:Male Birth Year:abt 1853 Birth Place:Kitchener, Ontario Age at Death:65 Death Date:24 Jan 1918 Death Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    9. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Wilhelm Werlich, 24, occupation weaver, married 23 Feb 1851 in Greenbush by banns to Christiane Ewald, 18 of Preston. Wit: Justus Schlarbaum - painter of Preston & Jacob Ewald - mason of Preston

    10. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      Name:Jacob Werlich Age:27 Birth Date:abt 1853 Birth Place:Berlin Waterloo Co. Marriage Date:12 Oct 1880 Marriage County or District:Waterloo Father:William Wherlich Mother:Christine Wherlich Spouse:Nancy Louise Stager Spouse's Age:21 Spouse Birth Date:abt 1859 Spouse Birth Place:Waterloo, Ontario Spouse Father:Henry Stager Spouse Mother:Elizabeth Stager

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jan 1853 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1871 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Oct 1880 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Preston Furniture Warerooms - 1890 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Furniture Dealer - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1891 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Manufacturer - 1901 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Undertaker, Store - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1911 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBusiness - Furniture and Undertaking - 1914 - 756 King St. E., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve - Councilman - - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Cause: Valvular Heart Disease (1 year) - Dropsy with Heart Failure (2 months) - 24 Jan 1918 - Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Preston Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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