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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.

Beckett, John Edward

  • Person

John (Jack) Edward Beckett was a friend of Cameron Hill. They met during the Second World War while they were both held in custody as prisoners of war at Camp 57 in Italy in June 1942.

John was nicknamed 'Shorty' by friends and family.

After the war, John became a successful dairy farmer in Thamesford, Ontario. He married Marion (surname unknown) and together they had two children; Bob Beckett and Barbara Beckett.

Bennett, Catherine Olive

  • Person
  • 1896-1977

Catherine Olive Breithaupt was born January 28, 1896 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Louis Jacob Breithaupt and Emma Alvarene Devitt. She was educated at Berlin Collegiate Institute, Ontario Ladies' College (Whitby), Boston University School of Social Service and Related Religious Education, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She married Arthur Vincent Bennett, a musician born in Kansas, living in Kitchener on November 22, 1921 in Kitchener.

The couple lived in the Boston area where Arthur was a clergyman in the Episcopal church in Fitchburg, Massachusetts with Catherine maintaining close ties with her Ontario family. They had two children: Arthur Vincent and Joan Catherine.

Catherine was active in matters related to her husband's church, in music, choirs, and art. Her art work was frequently exhibited and in 1976 she was awarded the Sarah Parker Award by the Fitchburg Gallery. Catherine died August 16, 1977 in Fitchburg.

Bishop, Charles Lawrence

  • Person
  • 1876-1966

Born December 10, 1876, Charles Lawrence Bishop was a journalist who was appointed to the senate of Canada in 1945 by William Lyon Mackenzie King. He died September 28, 1966.

Bitzer, Conrad

  • Person
  • 1853-1903

Conrad Bitzer was a lawyer and politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as mayor of Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario in 1892. Bitzer was born in Preston, Ontario, the son of immigrants from Germany. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1881 and set up practice in Berlin, the first German-speaking lawyer to practice in the area. He was a member of the local Board of Trade. Bitzer was nominated as the Liberal candidate for the Waterloo North seat in the Canadian House of Commons for the 1900 general election, but withdrew before the election date.

Black, Martha Louise

  • Person
  • 1866-1957

Martha Louise Black, Canadian politician and second woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons, was born in Chicago on February 24, 1866. She attended St. Mary's College in Notre Dame Indiana. In 1877 Black married Will Purdy and together they had two sons, Warren and Donald. She and Purdy had plans to joint the Klondike gold rush in 1899 but Purdy backed out and instead moved to Hawaii, leaving her to travel to the Klondike via the Chilkoot Pass in 1898 with her brother. In January of 1899 she stopped in Dawson City to give birth to her and Purdy's third son Lyman. She then returned briefly to Chicago before going again to the Klondike in 1900 where she would live for 54 years. Here she earned money by staking gold mining claims and running a sawmill and iron ore crushing plant. In 1904 Black met and married George Black, Commissioner of the Yukon from 1912-1916.

In 1921 Black was elected to the House of Commons and was speaker of the house from 1930-1935. She ran in the federal election and was elected in the Yukon riding as an Independent Conservative in 1935, taking over for her ailing husband. Black was also involved in a variety of social and charity organizations including supporting IODE, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and as a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of England.

In 1938 Black published the book "My Seventy Years" an autobiography, which was later updated as "My Ninety Years." She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1946 for her social and cultural contributions to the Yukon. She died in Whitehorse on October 31, 1957.

Blackwell, Alice Stone

  • Person
  • September 14, 1857-March 15, 1950

Born to suffragists Lucy Stone and Henry Browne Blackwell, Elizabeth Stone Blackwell was an American suffragist, journalist and human rights advocate. Her mother was one of the founders of the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) and her aunt Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States.
After graduating from Boston University, Blackwell began working for her parent's paper Woman's Journal and took over primary editing responsibility after the death of her mother in 1893. In 1890 she was instrumental in reuniting the two competing American suffrage groups, the AWSA and the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) into the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA).
She was also a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, founded the Society of Friends of Russian Freedom, and was heavily involved in humanitarian work in Armenia. Blackwell died in 1950 at the age of 92.

Boehmer Family

R. Boehmer & Co. was a fuel business in Berlin (now Kitchener, Ontario) founded by Reinhardt Boehmer, who originally began selling limestone to the building trades in 1875 and later sold coal, wood, and other fuels and equipment. The Boehmer family remained in ownership of the company until 1965. In 1973 the business was sold to the St. Lawrence Cement Co. (Source: Clarke, Mavis M. "Kitchener's century firms honored," Waterloo Historical Society 75 (1988): 35-46.)

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