Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Mayor David Norman Panabaker

Mayor David Norman Panabaker[1]

Male 1874 - 1939  (65 years)

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  • Name David Norman Panabaker 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 5 Feb 1874  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Methodist Canada 
    Occupation 1900  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    bookkeeper 
    Occupation 1901  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Bookkeeper 
    Occupation 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Bookkeeper, Woolen Mill 
    Religion 1911  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Methodist 
    Elected Office 1912  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    councillor of Hespeler 
    Elected Office 1916  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reeve of Hespeler 
    Elected Office 1919  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Warden for the County of Waterloo 
    Elected Office 1921  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor of Hespeler 
    Interesting public service, story, misfortune 
    Misfortune 1939  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    killed by fall from Pioneer Tower 
    Died 3 Aug 1939  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Website 2009 
    Photograph 
    • Grace Schmidt Room of Local History Digital Collection

      Description: Black and white, head and shoulders, studio portrait of David Norman Panabaker.
      Notes: Photograph, along with biography of David Norman Panabaker, appears in 1939 Waterloo Historical Society Annual Volume. Mr. Panabaker was the President of the Waterloo Historical Society between 1927-1937. He died on 2 August 1939.
    Name D. N. Panabaker 
    Eby ID Number 00087-5103 
    Buried New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I9912  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2019 

    Father David Pannebecker,   b. 1824, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Janet Leah S. "Leah" Wanner,   b. 1833, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 Jan 1862  Germantown, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F2856  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father Panabaker 
    Family ID F221905  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah E. Anderson,   b. 2 Feb 1874, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 17 Oct 1900  Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Wilbur Panabaker,   b. Jan 1902, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. James David Panabaker,   b. May 1903, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Frank Shirley Panabaker,   b. 16 Aug 1904, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1992, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F6237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Feb 1874 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist Canada - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - bookkeeper - 1900 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Oct 1900 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper - 1901 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bookkeeper, Woolen Mill - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - councillor of Hespeler - 1912 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Reeve of Hespeler - 1916 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Warden for the County of Waterloo - 1919 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor of Hespeler - 1921 - Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed by fall from Pioneer Tower - 1939 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Aug 1939 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Hope Cemetery, Hespeler (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    David Norman Panabaker
    David Norman Panabaker
    Grace Schmidt Room of Local History Digital Collection
    David Norman Panabaker
    David Norman Panabaker

  • Notes 
    • David Pannebecker, "is engaged as assistant book-keeper in same office as his brother, Arnold. He is unmarried."

      \bEby, 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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      \bFalls 40 Feet And Dies At Hospital - Former Hespeler Mayor, D.N. Panabaker, Prominent in Public Life

      Hespeler - D.N. Panabaker, 70, died in hospital at Galt on Thursday of injuries received when he fell forty feet to the ground from a lookout platform of the Pioneers Memorial Tower near Doon. Chief Coroner W.A. Woolner said there will be no inquest. Panabaker, who served as Mayor of Hespeler for many years, was conscious when found but said later he could not explain how the accident occurred. Panabaker was the president of the Waterloo Historical Society, responsible for erection of the Memorial Tower.

      For many years identified with the Canadian woolen industry as manager of the Hespeler division, Dominion Woolens and Worsteds Ltd., he was known as an authority in Canadian Woolen circles. Born n Waterloo Township 70 years ago, serving on the town council Hespeler, of Pennsylvania Dutch stock, he became one of the most reliable authorities on the early history of the Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in this country. It was through his efforts that the Memorial Tower from which he fell was erected to the memory of the county's early pioneers.

      He was prominent in civic affairs of Hespeler and the county for many years serving on the town council and later on the county council as reeve. He was later elected warden of the county. He was an active member of the United Church. He was a past president of the waterloo County Children's aid Society and also of the Ontario Children's Aid Society. He was also a past president of the Waterloo County Canadian Club.

      His entire life was spent in Hespeler where he entered the employ of the R. Forbes Woolen Company as a youth, rising to manager of the concern which later became a division of the Dominion Woolens and Worsteds Ltd. He retired from active connection with the firm about ten years ago. In later years he had been identified with the Hespeler Felt Company.

      Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, Wilbur of Saskatchewan, Frank of Hamilton, distinguished Canadian landscape painter, and Reeve James Panabaker of Hespeler. Four brothers, Levi and C.A. of Hespeler, Arnold of Blair and Ephraim in the West, with three sisters, the Misses Susan and Elizabeth of Hespeler and Mrs. Chambers of Atwood, also survive.

      Waterloo Chronicle Aug 11 1939 pg 1

  • 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..., 152.

    2. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 016270-00.
      David Norman PANABAKER, 26, book keeper, Waterloo Twp, Hespeler, s/o David PANABAKER & Leah WARNER married Sara E. ANDERSON, 26, Hespeler, Hespeler, d/o James ANDERSON & Hannah HOFFMAN, witn: Neil A. PANABAKER & Jennie ANDERSON both of Hespeler, 17 October 1900 in Hespeler

    3. [S143] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1901, Hespeler (Village) D-2 Page 24.

    4. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 2 Page 8.

    5. [S392] Census - ON, Waterloo, Hespeler - 1911, Div. 21 Pg. 22.

    6. [S118] News - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo - Waterloo Chronicle, Obituary of David Norman Panabaker - Aug 11 1939 pg 1.

    7. [S20] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Telegraph (title varies: Berlin Telegraph, Berlin Daily Telegraph) (1853-1922), 17 Jan 1862.
      "Pennabecker - Allen: Mr. Edward Johnston, of Carrick to Miss Janet Lea Wanner of Waterloo Township." by rev. Mr. Bindeman at Germantown or Berlin

    8. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      David Pannebecker, 36, b. Waterloo Twp, r. Waterloo Twp., s/o Abraham Pennebecker & Sally Clemens married 12 Jan 1862 to Leah Wanner 27, b. Waterloo Twp., r. Waterloo Twp. d/o Tobias Wanner and Catherine Stringer. wit: Caroline Bindemann and Henry Meyer both of Berlin.