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Asmussen, Nicholas

  • Person
  • 1871-1941

Nicholas Asmussen was a German-born Ontario building contractor and political figure. He represented Waterloo North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1919 to 1923 as an Independent Liberal and from 1934 to 1937 as a Liberal member. He was born in Flensburg, Germany, the son of John and Catherina Asmussen, and came to Canada in 1878 with his family. He was educated in Berlin (now Kitchener). In 1908, he married Willisa Kesselring. Asmussen was mayor of Kitchener from 1925 to 1926.

Atlantic Pattern Works

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Atlantic Pattern Works was based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They produced works such as plaques.

Augustine, Albert Benjamin

  • Person
  • 1859-1909

Albert Benjamin Augustine was born on March 6, 1859 in Racine,Wisconsin.

He married Caroline Margaret Barbara Breithaupt on August 3, 1887 and together they had three children; Albert William Augustine, Laurine Catherine Augustine, and Grace Melvina Louise Augustine.

Albert died on April 10, 1909 in Racine, Wisconsin and is buried in Mound Cemetery, Racine. Caroline and the children moved to Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario after his death; Grace returning to the US to live and work until after 1954 when she returned to live in Kitchener.

Augustine, Albert Jacob

  • Person
  • 1923-1990

Albert Jacob Augustine was born to Albert William Augustine and Edna Louise Kaufman in Kitchener, Ontario on December 20 , 1923 and was raised alongside his three siblings; John Ross Augustine, David William Augustine, and Mary Caroline Augustine.

Albert married Jean Eleanor Boyer (b.April 19, 1927) and together they had three children; Patricia Anne Augustine (April 16, 1950), Barbara Augustine (b. October 6, 1951), and Keith Boyer Augustine (b. July 4, 1955).

Albert died on August 10, 1990.

Augustine, Albert William

  • Person
  • 1890-1972

Albert William Augustine was born to Albert Benjamin Augustine and Caroline Margaret Barbara Breithaupt in Racine, Wisconsin on October 26, 1890. As a young man, Albert attended North-Western College in Naperville, Illinois but he never graduated. After the death in 1909 in Racine of his father, Albert Benjamin, the remaining family members moved to Kitchener, Ontario.

On August 22, 1918, Albert married Edna Louise Kaufman in Kitchener, Ontario and together they had four children; Albert Jacob Augustine, John Ross Augustine, David William Augustine, and Mary Caroline Augustine.

In 1919, Albert acquired the Doering Trunk Company in Waterloo, Ontario. This company was renamed the Superior Box Company in 1932. In 1924, he purchased the Forewell Foundry in Kitchener, Ontario. This company was renamed the Augustine Foundry Company. The Superior Box Company and the Augustine Foundry Company did not survive the Great Depression during the 1930s.

In 1938, Albert developed the White Valley Chemical Company which extracted calcium carbonate from the bottom of a lake near Bobcaygeon, Ontario. This company closed in 1941.

From 1942-1946, Albert worked as a government inspector in manufacturing centres across Quebec and Ontario. During the war, he checked the quality of rubber rafts and survival gear. After the war, Albert worked as an agent for the Staminite Company. He retired in 1951.

On March 7, 1972 Albert died from a heart attack and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. On February 25, 1973, a pulpit drape and book mark were given to the Zion United Church in Kitchener, Ontario in his memory.

Augustine, Caroline Margaret Barbara

  • Person
  • 1861-1951

Caroline Margaret Barbara Breithaupt was born in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario on November 17, 1861 to parents Philip Louis Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. Her siblings were: Louis Jacob; William Henry; John Christian; Melvina Emilia (Baumann); Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; Caroline Louise and Friederich Adolph.

She married Albert Benjamin Augustine from Racine, Wisconsin in Berlin on August 3, 1887. The couple moved to Racine, Wisconsin had three children, Albert William; Laurine Catherine; and Anne Melvina Louise. Albert died in Racine April 10, 1909 and was buried in Mound Cemetery, Racine. Shortly after Albert's death, Caroline and her children moved to Berlin. Caroline died on November 1, 1951 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Augustine, David William

  • Person
  • 1929-1929

David William Augustine was born to Albert William Augustine and Edna Louise Kaufman in Kitchener, Ontario on July 14, 1929. He had three siblings; Albert Jacob Augustine, John Ross Augustine and Mary Caroline Augustine.

David suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died a few days after he was born on July 18, 1929.

Augustine, Edna Louise

  • Person
  • 1891-1983

Edna Louise Kaufman was born to Jacob Kaufman and Mary Eidt Ratz in Kitchener, Ontario on December 21, 1891. On August 22, 1918 she married Albert William Augustine in Kitchener, Ontario and together they had four children; Albert Jacob Augustine, John Ross Augustine, David William Augustine, and Mary Caroline Augustine.

Edna was actively involved with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the Zion United Church in Kitchener, Ontario throughout her life.

Edna died on June 3, 1983.

Augustine, Grace Melvina Louise

  • Person
  • 1895-1981

Grace Melvina Louise Augustine was born in Racine, Wisconsin on September 12, 1895 to Albert Benjamin Augustine and Caroline Margaret Barbara Augustine (nee Breithaupt) and raised alongside her siblings Albert William Augustine and Laurine Catherine Augustine. After the death of Albert Benjamin in 1909, the family moved to Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario, their mother's birthplace. Grace appears to have returned to the United States, earned a PhD and lived and worked in New York and Texas. Some time after the death of her sister, Laurine in 1954, Grace retired and moved to the family home on Margaret Avenue in Kitchener.

Grace died on April 8, 1981 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Augustine, Ham, Kaufman family

  • Family

Jacob and Mary Kaufman were prominent citizens of Kitchener, Ontario from the late 19th century to WWII. Jacob Kaufman (1847-1920) and Mary Ratz (1856-1943) married in 1877. Jacob began his career in the lumber industry but switched to rubber, forming the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1908. Jacob and Mary Kaufman were active in civic and community life, supporting causes such as The Children’s Aid Society, the Kitchener-Waterloo Orphanage, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the YMCA, the YWCA and the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. They had four children, Emma Ratz (1881-1979), Alvin Ratz (1885-1979), Milton Ratz (1886-19--?) and Edna Louise (1891-1983).

Emma Kaufman dedicated her life to the Young Women’s Christian Association, serving for thirty years in Japan and Canada. The Emperor of Japan presented her with a memorial cup in 1965, the 60th Anniversary of the YWCA in Japan, and in the same year she received an International Cooperation Year medal presented by Cardinal Leger in Montreal.

Alvin (“A.R.”) Kaufman ran the rubber company started by his father and became well known as a local philanthropist, supporting many of the same causes as had his parents. He is primarily remembered for his activities in support of the YMCA, YWCA and of family planning and birth control.

Edna Kaufman married Albert William Augustine (1890-1972) Aug. 22, 1918. They had three children, Albert Jacob (1923-1990), John Ross (1927- ), and Mary Caroline (1931- ).

Mary Caroline Augustine married James Milton Ham (1920-1997), who was President of the University of Toronto from 1978-1983.

Augustine, John Ross

  • Person
  • 1927-2014

John Ross Augustine was born to Albert William Augustine and Edna Louise Kaufman in Kitchener, Ontario on December 17, 1927 and was raised alongside his three siblings; Albert Jacob Augustine, David William Augustine, and Mary Caroline Augustine.

John married Annette Helene Gofton (b.October 8, 1929).

John received his MD, with Honours, from the University of Western Ontario in 1952. In 1954, he moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario to establish his own practice as a family physician. From 1956-1959, John received additional training in Toronto, Ontario and subsequently became a certified specialist in internal medicine. Afterwards, he returned to Thunder Bay, Ontario and continued to work as a physician until his retirement in 1994.

John was a leader in the health care sector both as an educator and as an activist. He was involved in many key projects and served in a variety of roles that shaped the Canadian health care system, especially in northern Ontario. For example, John was a founding member of the Thunder Bay branch of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario and helped set up the first methadone treatment outreach for addicts in the late 1980s. In addition, John helped developed the Northwestern Ontario Medical Program (NOMP) which brought medical students from McMaster Medical School to northwestern Ontario to work with local doctors and health care providers. In the late 1990s, John also worked to establish the Northern Ontario School of Medicine with campuses in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Sudbury, Ontario. It was hoped that the school would encourage more physicians to train and practice in northern Ontario and ultimately sustain a health care system up north. These are a few examples of the projects John worked on during his career. He was actively involved in many other initiatives as well.

John died on April 13, 2014.

Augustine, Laurine Catherine

  • Person
  • 1894-1954

Laurine Catherine Augustine was born on May 13, 1894 in Racine, Wisconsin to Albert Benjamin Augustine and Caroline Margaret Barbara Augustine (nee Breithaupt) and raised alongside her siblings Albert William Augustine and Anne Melvina Louise Augustine. After the death of their father in 1909, the family moved to Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario.

She worked as a teacher at the Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School.

Laurine died on September 13, 1954 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Baker, Florence, Lady

  • Person
  • 1841-1916

Florence Barbara Maria von Sass was a British explorer and abolitionist. Born in Hungary (today Romania), Florence's family was killed during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 leaving her orphaned. When she was fourteen she was sold as a slave in Vidin to Samuel Baker a British explorer and naturalist. Baker was on a hunting trip at the time and allegedly bribed the guards for her after she was intended to be owned by the Pasha of Vidin. Florence and Baker went to Africa where Baker was on an expedition to find the source of the Nile. While traveling in Africa, Florence and Baker came across Murchison Falls and Lake Albert. In 1865 the couple married and Florence became Lady Baker when Samuel Baker was knighted. Due to her parentage and upbringing, although she was a Lady, Florence was not welcome at court. Besides exploration, the Bakers were also abolitionists and in 1869 returned to Africa to help reduce the slave trade in Gondokoro where Florence worked as a medic. Florence and her husband retired to Devon where Florence died in 1916.

Ball, Abram

  • Person
  • January 5, 1829-May 27, 1887

Abram Ball was born to George Ball, a United Empire Loyalist, in Niagara, Ontario. He moved to Galt (Cambridge) where he worked as a lawyer and married Julia Miller (1843-1910). The pair had four children and Abram died in Galt in 1887.

Barrie, Ernest George

  • Person
  • 1894-1989

Ernest George Barrie was born October 6, 1894 in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, son of George Redpath Barrie and Mary Carrick. He served in the First World War and afterwards managed Barrie Glove and Knitting Company Ltd. from 1921 until 1969. He was associated with the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada and was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1944. He died October 21, 1989.

Bartlett, W. H. (William Henry)

  • Person
  • 1809-1854

William Henry Bartlett was an artist and author born in Kentish Town, England on March 26, 1809. Throughout his life, Bartlett travelled Europe, America, and the Middle East collecting sketches for his engraving illustrations. Bartlett spent many months visiting Canada in 1838, where he drew sketches of major landmarks such as Niagara Falls, markets in Toronto, landscapes in Montreal, as well as scenes of daily living conditions throughout Western Canada. He died at sea, off the coast of Malta, on September 13, 1854.

Bastedo, Sara (Sally) Caroline

  • Person
  • 1924-2014

Sara (Sally) Caroline Breithaupt was born in Kitchener, Ontario August 8, 1924 to parents Louis Orville and Sara Caskey. Her siblings were Mary Scott; Louis Paul; and Herbert Caskey. Sally grew up in Kitchener and trained as a nurse at Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto, graduating in 1946. She married Donald Lou Alexander Bastedo in 1947 and the couple lived in Kitchener where Donald was a pediatrician. The couple had children Mary, Paul, Frank and Jamie. Sally was was a founding member of the K-W Knitters Guild in 1986 and later a member of the Weavers and Quilters guilds. Sally and Donald were also supporters of the Stratford Festival, since its beginnings in a tent in 1953, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She also enjoyed bridge and golf. Sally died May 8, 2014 in Mount Forest, Ontario. Donald died. September 1, 2006.

Bauer, Bobby

  • Person
  • February 16, 1915 – September 16, 1964

Bauer, Frank N.

  • Person

Mayor of the City of Waterloo between 1954 and 1955.

Baumann, Melvina Emilia

  • Person
  • 1863-1954

Melvina Emilia Breithaupt was born February 8, 1863 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Philip Ludwig (Louis) Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. Her siblings were Louis Jacob; William Henry; John Christian; Caroline Margaret Barbara (Augustine); Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; Catharine Louise and Friederich Adolph.

She married Dr. Amos Frank Baumann (also spelled Bauman) June 25, 1901 in Berlin. They had one son, Edward Franklin, born June 21, 1904. Amos died November 26, 1918 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Melvina died April 4, 1954 and is buried with Amos.

Bawman, Helen

  • Person
  • 1888-?

Helen M. Bawman (nee Byers) was born in 1888. She married Sam D. Bawman, originally of Washington D.C., in 1918.

Bax, Emily

  • Person
  • 1882-1943

Emily Bax was born in 1882 in London, England, and was educated at the Grey Coat Hospital Foundation School. She was the second woman to be employed as secretary at the American Embassy in London, and worked there from 1902 to Dec. 1914. From December 1914 on she resided in New York. In 1939 her book Miss Bax of the Embassy was published. Emily Bax died Jan. 3, 1943.

Beal

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Bean, Margaret Hailer Wagner

  • Person
  • 1831-1918

Born in Chippewa, Ontario to Jacob Hailer and Margaret Riehl she moved as a child to German Mills and later to Kitchener. She married Jacob Wagner in 1849 and had two living children with him. After his death she re-married Daniel Biehn (Bean) and had a further 6 children.After his second husband's death while they were living in Mildmay, she returned to Kitchener where she resided for another 32 years.

Bechler family

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The Bechler family immigrated to Canada from Germany in the 1870s. Christian Bechler and his wife Christina moved to Wilmot Township before settling in Berlin (later Kitchener) with their sons, Gottfried and Edward. Christian worked as a farmer. Gottfried Bechler and Louise (Louisa) Schmidt were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch on July 10, 1894 in Berlin. Gottfried worked as a buttonmaker. Edward Bechler and Anna (Annie) Schmidt were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch on the April 18, 1899 in Berlin. Edward worked as a labourer and a machine hand.

Frederick Bechler lived in Wilmot Township before moving to Berlin (later Kitchener). Frederick worked as a labourer, button maker, and button turner in Berlin. Frederick married Auguste “Maria” Schultz in 1879. Frederick and Maria had four children: Gustave, Wilhelmina Henrietta, Willie, and Carl Gottfried.

Gustav Bechler worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Bechler married Margth Reeger on November 11, 1903. The couple lived in Michigan with their daughters Ella and Ethel. Minnie (Wilhelmina Henrietta) worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Carl Gottfried (Charles Godfrey) worked as a cabinet maker in Berlin. Charles married Mary Hazel Reid on November 30, 1910 in Guelph.

After Maria’s death, Frederick Bechler remarried on July 6, 1897 to Matilda Rogge-Wiese. Frederick and Matilda had two children: Viola and Walter. Walter worked as a shoemaker in Kitchener. Walter married Dorothy Regan on July 1, 1937 in Kitchener.

Henrietta Wilhelmina Bechler was born in Germany on November 7, 1859. It is likely Henrietta was the daughter of Christian and Christina Bechler. She married Christian Rosekat and immigrated to Canada with him in 1879. Christian Rosekat worked as a tanner. The Rosekats lived in Berlin (later Kitchener) where they had nine children: Wilhelmine Henriette (Mina), William, Charles, Henry, Alfred (Frederick), Herman, Albert, Walter, and John.

Bechler, Anna

  • Person
  • 1877-1953

Anna (Annie) Schmidt was born in Germany to Joachim Schmidt and Marie Knopp in 1877. Anna married Edward Bechler on April 18, 1899 in Berlin (later Kitchener). Anna passed away in 1953 and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Bechler, Christian

  • Person
  • 1828-1897

Christian Bechler was born on January 8, 1828 in Germany. Christian was married to Christina with whom he had two sons, Gottfried and Edward. It is probable that Henrietta Bechler was the daughter of Christian and Christina Bechler. The Bechler family immigrated to Canada in the 1870s where they lived in Wilmot Township before settling in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario. Christian worked as a farmer and later as a labourer. Christian passed away on March 14, 1897.

Bechler, Christina

  • Person
  • 1827-1908

Christina Bechler was born in Germany on December 24, 1827. Christina married Christian Bechler and had two children, Gottfried and Edward. It is probable that Henrietta Bechler was Christina Bechler’s daughter. The family immigrated to Canada in the 1870s and lived in Wilmot Township before settling in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. Christina passed away on December 4, 1908.

Bechler, Edward

  • Person
  • 1874-?

Edward Bechler was the second son of Christian and Christina Bechler. Born in Germany on August 4, 1874, Edward immigrated to Canada with his family in the 1870s. The Bechler family moved to Wilmot Township before settling in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario. Edward worked as a labourer and a machine hand. Edward and Anna (Annie) Schmidt (b. 1877 d. 1953) were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch in Kitchener on April 18, 1899. Edward passed away in 1949.

Bechler, Frederick

  • Person
  • 1854 -1937

Frederick Bechler was born in Germany on February 27, 1854. It is probable Frederick was the brother of Christian Bechler. Frederick immigrated to Canada in 1878 or 1880. Frederick worked as a labourer, button maker, and button turner in Berlin (later Kitchener). It is probable that Frederick Bechler was the brother of Christian Bechler.

Frederick married Auguste “Maria” Schultz (Mary) (b. 1858, d. 1897) in 1879. Frederick and Maria had four children: August Gustave Bechler (b. 1880, d. 1914), Wilhelmina Henrietta Bechler (b. 1882, d. 1903), Willie Bechler (b. 1884, d. 1884), and Carl Gottfried Bechler (b. 1885, d. 1968).

Gustav (August Gustave) Bechler worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Bechler married Margth Reeger on November 11th, 1903. The couple lived in Michigan with their daughters Ella (b. 1907) and Ethel (b. 1909).

Minnie (Wilhelmina Henrietta) Bechler worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Wilhelmina passed away in 1903.

Carl Gottfried (Charles Godfrey) Bechler worked as a cabinet maker in Berlin. Charles married Mary Hazel Reid on November 30th, 1910 in Guelph.

After Maria’s death, Frederick remarried on July 6th, 1897 to Matilda Rogge-Wiese (b. 1868, d. 1951) in Berlin, Ontario. Frederick and Matilda had two children: Viola Maria Bechler (b. 1898, d. 1994) and Walter Edward Bechler (b. 1903, d. 1979).

Walter Bechler worked as a shoemaker in Kitchener. Walter married Dorothy Regan (b. 1906, d. 1979) on July 1st, 1937 in Kitchener.

Frederick Bechler passed away on November 24, 1937.

Bechler, Gottfried

  • Person
  • 1869-?

Gottfried Bechler was born in Germany to Christian and Christina Bechler in 1869. The Bechler family immigrated to Canada in the 1870s where they settled in Wilmot Township before moving to Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario. Gottfried worked as a seamster and a buttonmaker in Berlin. Gottfried Bechler and Louise (Louisa) Schmidt (b. 1869) were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch in Kitchener on July 10, 1894 in Berlin.

Bechler, Wilhelmina Henrietta

  • Person
  • 1882-1903

Wilhelmina Henrietta Bechler, also known as Minnie, was born to Frederick Bechler and Auguste "Maria" Schultz in Berlin (later Kitchener) in 1882. Minnie worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Minnie passed away in 1903 at the age of twenty.

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