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

Elizabeth Ziegler[1]

Female 1854 - 1942  (87 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Ziegler 
    Born 15 Sep 1854  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Gender Female 
    Religion 1861  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    School Teacher 
    Religion 1881  [5
    Weslyan Metodist 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    P. S. Teacher 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Teacher, Public School 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Christian Science 
    Occupation 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Teacher, Public School 
    Religion 1921  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Christian Science 
    Residence 1921  86 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Honoured 1930  Elizabeth Ziegler School, 90 Moore Avenue South, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Elizabeth Ziegler School named in her honor 
    Died 1942  [9
    Website 2009 
    Photo 
    • Waterloo Public Library Digital Collection

      Notes: The career of Elizabeth Ziegler, who was the first female principal in Waterloo County, was so long that three generations of some families were taught by her. When she died, her gravestone was inscribed simply: "Elizabeth Ziegler. She loved children."

      She grew up in Kitchener, attending local schools before completing her teaching certificate at the Toronto Normal School when she was just sixteen. She taught for one year in Breslau and two years in Bloomingdale before she moved to Central School in Waterloo where she taught primary students.

      She taught at Central and Alexandra schools in Waterloo and served as the first woman principal at Alexandra school when it was a four-room school.

      She retired in 1930 at the age of seventy-four. In 1931 the Premier of Ontario George S. Henry opened the new Elizabeth Ziegler School on Moore Avenue in Waterloo. Elizabeth Ziegler died in 1942.
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Name Lizzie Ziegler 
    Eby ID Number 00139-8443 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I9573  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father Enoch Ziegler,   b. 2 Mar 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1897, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Hannah Hallman,   b. 3 Nov 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1913, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 1844  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Family ID F1961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Sep 1854 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - School Teacher - 1881 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - P. S. Teacher - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher, Public School - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christian Science - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Teacher, Public School - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Christian Science - 1921 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - 86 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonoured - Elizabeth Ziegler School named in her honor - 1930 - Elizabeth Ziegler School, 90 Moore Avenue South, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, 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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  • Photos
    Elizabth (Lizzie) Ziegler
    Elizabth (Lizzie) Ziegler
    Waterloo Public Library Digital Collection

  • Notes 
    • Lizzie Ziegler, "is engaged as a teacher in the Waterloo Central School. She is not married."


      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). 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: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      ELIZABETH ZIEGLER 1854-1942

      Elizabeth Ziegler, daughter of Enoch Ziegler and Hannah Hallman, received her teaching certificate from the Toronto Normal School at the age of sixteen, and at that time was the youngest student to receive a certificate. It was signed by Dr. Egerton Ryerson, Ontario's first Minister of Education. She taught for fifty-eight years, one year in Breslau, two years in Bloomingdale and in Waterloo for fifty-five years in both Central School and later as principal of Alexandra School.

      Premier G.S. Henry presided when the Elizabeth Ziegler School, Moore Avenue, Waterloo, was opened and named in honor of her on September 2, 1931. Mr. Henry said in part:

      "This splendid building is a monument to the purpose, integrity and inspiration of a woman who has helped fashion the lives of the citizens of this community and has helped them to make the best use of their lives."

      Ziegler was a vocalist of note for many years and was a church choir leader. She retired in 1930 and died in 1942.

      Region of Waterloo Hall of Fame

  • 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..., 701.

    2. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Division 1 Page Number 2 Household Number 8.

    3. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) Page 6.

    4. [S229] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1871, Div 13, Page 12.

    5. [S158] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1881, Div 1 Page 2.

    6. [S123] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1861, Div. 1 Page 6.

    7. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 36 Page 16.

    8. [S2264] Census - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1921, Sub Dist. 25 Page 5.

    9. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Elizabeth Ziegler/ 1854-1942/ She taught little children/ for sixty years/

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

    11. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, December 15, 1897 - Obituary of Enoch Ziegler.

    12. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Frederick W. Bindemann, Minister of The German Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Church, At Greenbush, Waterloo Township, Halton County, 1 Sept. 1843 to 1 July 1844 report 32.
      Enoch Ziegler, Wagonmaker, of Waterloo, to Hana Hallmann, of Dumfries. Wit. Sam'i Fried, Farmer, of Plenum, and Adam Unger, Farmer, of Dumfries.