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Bower, B.M.

  • Person
  • 1871-1940

B.M. Bower (1871-1940) was an American western author who wrote novels, short stories and screenplays about the American frontier, often featuring the Flying U Ranch in Montana. Her husband, Bertrand Sinclair (1881-1972) also wrote American western novels, as well as those set in British Columbia where he settled.

Bowlby Boyd Family

Emma Allen Bowlby was born to David Sovereign Bowlby and Martha Esther Murphy Bowlby in Waterloo in 1862. When she was 21, in 1884, she married the 39 year old Gardiner Boyd. Gardiner Boyd was born in 1845 to Mossom Boyd and Caroline Dunsford of Bobcaygeon Ontario. The couple had three children, Gardiner Mossom (born 1885), Mary Olive (born 1886) and Frieda Kathleen (born 1888).
Emma died in 1897 and her husband in 1898 leaving her children to be raised by their maternal grandparents, and later by their father’s half brother.

Bowlby, Adam

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  • 1792-1883

Adam Bowlby (1792-1883) was born in 1792 to Richard Bowlby, and wife Elizabeth Hawksworth. Adam moved to Upper Canada in 1815 to live with his uncle Thomas Bowlby, the first Bowlby family member to come to Upper Canada and here Adam set up a gristmill. After a few years manufacturing tools and implements for farmers, Adam purchased a small parcel of 450 acres in Townsend around the time of his marriage, in 1819, to Elizabeth Sovereign of New Jersey. The farm was built up over a period of 21 years to approximately 3,000 acres. During this 21 year period Adam and Elizabeth had six children: Alfred Bowlby in 1820, William Bowlby in 1822, David Sovereign Bowlby in 1828, Mary Ursula Bowlby Powell in 1830, Ward Hamilton Bowlby, in 1834, John Wedgewood Bowlby in 1837. During this time Adam served as magistrate and district councilor, treasurer of the Masonic Lodge and Captain of the Waterford Company during the rebellions of 1837-38. Adam eventually left his farm to son William (the only farmer in the family) and settled in Berlin (Kitchener) where he died in 1883 at the age of 91.

Bowlby, Alfred

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  • 1820-1915

Alfred Bowlby (1820-1915) was born August 26, 1820 in New Jersey, USA, the eldest son of Adam and Elizabeth. He grew up largely on the family farm in Townsend and began receiving an education at home from an early age. He, along with his brothers, was taught to read from the New Testament and was taught multiplication by his mother. He began formal schooling at the age of nine and would eventually go on to study medicine at Columbia, graduating in 1945. After a failed attempt to continue his studies at University of Toronto due to religious difference, he studied another two years at McGill. In 1846 he finally opened his own practice in Waterford. In 1854 at the age of 34 Alfred married 22 year old Margaret (Mary) Chrysler (1831-1917) of Ancaster, Upper Canada. The two would go on to have eight children together and live in Townsend for the rest of their lives. Alfred continued to practice medicine until his death in 1915 at the age of 95. Margaret passed in 1917 at the age of 86.

Bowlby, David Shannon

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David Shannon Bowlby (1874-1938) was born in Berlin (Kitchener) Ontario January 24, 1874. He attended the University of Toronto graduating with a B.A. in 1895, and an LL.B. in 1896. In 1893 he received his call to the Bar. He was appointed Crown Attorney for Waterloo County in 1917. Bowlby died October 11, 1938.

Bowlby, David Sovereign

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  • 1826-1903

David Sovereign Bowlby was born September 5th, 1826 to Adam Bowlby and Elizabeth Sovereign Bowlby. He was born on the family farm in Townsend, and, like his brothers began to be educated from an early age. He attended Upper Canada College, University of Toronto, Toronto School of Medicine and ultimately the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, graduating in 1853. In October of the same year he moved to Berlin (Kitchener) to temporarily fill in for his cousin Dr. J.W. Sovereign, and ended up staying on indefinitely. He also took on the role of County Jail surgeon, and coroner for many years. Besides his medical practice he was heavily involved in the community being a member of the village council, and on the Board of Trustees of Berlin High School as well as being warden and delegate to the synod for St. John’s Anglican Church. In 1856 David Sovereign married 18 year old Martha Esther Murphy (1837-1925) of Montreal and brought her to Berlin. Together they had five children: Janie Elizabeth Bowlby Clement in 1859, Emma Allen Bowlby Boyd in 1862, George Herbert Bowlby in 1855, Grace Bowlby Fennell in 1871, and David Shannon Bowlby in 1873.

In his later years David Sovereign suffered from bronchial troubles and died in 1903 while in Sicily on a trip to improve his breathing. Martha Esther Murphy lived for another 22 years in the family home in Berlin. Martha was extremely active in social and philanthropic organizations in Berlin including as a founding member of the Kitchener and Waterloo Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, organist of St. John’s Anglican Church, and first regent of the Princess of Wales chapter, Daughters of the Empire. Martha died unexpectedly at the age of 88 after her dressing gown caught fire from the gas heater in her home.

Bowlby, Davison, Hoffman Family

  • Family

Jacob Hoffman (1809-1878) married Veronica Eby (1817-1876) and lived in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. Their oldest child, Isaac Hoffman (1835-1898) married Caroline Harlen[1] (1838-) ca. 1854. Two daughters (of their six living children) are represented in the fonds: Caroline M. Hoffman (1857-) and Emma Sivina Hoffman (1862-).

Caroline M. Hoffman married John D. Barnes of Providence Rhode Island (date of marriage unknown, ca. 1878?). They had one daughter, Lillie Caroline Barnes.[2] As of 1895[3] they were living in Providence, R.I. but sometime after that Caroline and Lillie returned to the Waterloo area.

Lillie Caroline Barnes married David Shannon Bowlby, K.C. (1873-1938) in 1904. They had two children, foster daughter Carolyn Barnes Bowlby, and son Shannon Bowlby. (Source: "David Shannon Bowlby, K.C.," WHS 26 (1938): 45-46 and Ezra E. Eby, Biographical History of Waterloo, 1895-1896, p. 802).

Carolyn Barnes Bowlby married Norman Davison (1877-) in 1920. They had two children, Peter (1927-) and Carolyn, known as Patti (b. ca. 1930).
Carolyn Davison married J.W. Carlisle.

Emma Sivina Hoffman (b. 1862), married Cyrus Schiedel of Waterloo in 1885. They had one son, Wilfrid H. Schiedel. (Source: Ezra E. Eby, Biographical History of Waterloo, 1895-1896, p. 802)

[1] Spelled variously in sources Herlan, Harlen, Harlan.
[2] Ezra Eby gives her name as Lillie, probably after her aunt Lillie Josephine Hoffman. However, the name used by the donor is "Lillian".
[3] Date from Ezra Eby.

Bowlby, George Herbert

  • Person
  • 1865-1917

George Herbert Bowlby (1865-1917) was born July 16, 1865 to David Sovereign Bowlby and Martha Esther Murphy Bowlby in Berlin (Kitchener). Educated in Berlin at both the elementary and high school, he studied briefly at St. Jerome College and then on to Toronto University for his medical degree. After obtaining his degree he became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in London and also was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. As a youth he was heavily involved in sports, playing soccer and cricket. At the onset of WWI he joined the Army Medical Corps of the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force, became a Captain and was appointed Assistant Director of Medical Services. In 1894 at the age of 28 he married 22 year old Blanche Alexandrine (Adine) Seagram (1871-1919), the daughter of Joseph Emm Seagram, founder of Seagram Distilleries. The two had no children.

In 1917 while serving in WWI, George was walking the ground of Bath military hospital where he was working and fell off a cliff. He was found dead at the bottom of the cliff and was cremated in Bath. Adine was overseas at the time as well, volunteering for the Red Cross. After the death of her husband, Adine stayed on with the Red Cross for another year until she was forced to return to Berlin to look after her ill father. On July 19th, 1919 Adine was riding in a car with her brother Capt. Tom Seagram and her niece. The car was involved in an collision with another vehicle and Adine died of the injuries she sustained.

Bowlby, Ward Hamilton

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  • 1834-1917

Ward Hamilton Bowlby (1834-1917) was born October 4th, 1834 to Adam Bowlby and Elizabeth Sovereign Bowlby. Like his siblings, Ward went to school originally at Upper Canada College and eventually to Toronto University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1856, Masters of Arts in 1857 and Bachelor of law in 1858, obtaining the first University gold medal in law awarded to Toronto University. In May of the same year he was admitted to the bar and moved to Berlin (Kitchener). He founded the law firm Bowlby, Colquhoun and Clement with his brother-in-law E.P. Clement and F. Colquhoun. He would practice in this firm until 1903 when he retired from active practice. He was appointed King’s Council, as well as holding the positions of Crown Attorney and Clerk of the Peace of Waterloo County, a member of the Town and County Council, reeve of Berlin, and a member of the public school board. Besides his law practice he also invested in many companies in Canada including Canadian Pacific, Merchant’s Bank and others. In 1861 at the age of 27 he married 22 year old Lissie Hespeler Bowlby (1839-1920), daughter of Jacob Hespeler one of the founders of the Waterloo area. The two would live in Jacob Hespeler’s now historic home from 1870-1877. The couple had one daughter, Annie Hespeler Bowlby Perley who married an M.P. and who died in London, England after a sudden illness in 1910. Ward died in 1917 after a period of illness, and Lissie died in 1920.

Bowman, Arthur M.

  • Person
  • 1865-1943

Arthur Bowman was born on August 5, 1865.

He worked as a civil engineer and resided at Mahan, Pennsylvania.

Bowman, Hervey

  • 1873-1931

Hervey Bowman was born on September 30, 1873.

Bowman, Isaac Lucius

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  • 1830-1893

Isaac L. Bowman was born to John B. Baumann and Nancy Baumann (nee Bechtel) near Freeport, Ontario on May 23, 1830.

He worked as a teacher in the public schools in Ontario. Around 1860-1861, Isaac was appointed inspector of public schools. He held this position until 1871. He then worked surveying land. He also served as the Treasurer of the Township of Waterloo.

Issac was a member of the United Brethren in Christ, of which body he was a local minister.

On December 25, 1862, he married Elizabeth Meyers (b. May 17, 1844) and together they had four sons. The family resided in Berlin, Ontario.

Isaac died of paralysis February 3, 1893.

Bowman, Joseph B.

  • Person
  • 1837-1871

Joseph B. Bowman was born October 3, 1837, oldest child of Samuel B. Bauman and Elizabeth Bauman. He married Nancy Huber on December 25, 1866.He died from tuberculosis on November 3, 1871 and is buried in Blair, Ontario.

Boyd, Emma Allen Bowlby

  • Person
  • 1862-1897

Emma Allen Bowlby Boyd was born August 17, 1862 and died January 25, 1897.

Boyd, James

  • Person
  • [ca. 1910]-[19--?]

James Boyd was born ca. 1910. He was made a Lieutenant with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1927. He became an orthodontist in Waterloo, Ontario. James Boyd married Mildred Eidt, widow of Dr. Thoman Burton Feick, sometime after Feick's death in 1956. James Boyd died sometime after 1965.

Braendle, Catharine Emelia

  • Person
  • 1864

Catharine [sometimes Catherine] Emelia Anthes was born April 30, 1864 to parents Jacob Anthes and Magdalena Stricker. She married Moses E. Braendle (date unknown) and the couple had a son, Harold Anthes born July 17, 1893, in Woolwich Township. Moses died in 1952 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario. Catherine who died January 23, 1953. Son, Harold died in Florida, July 17, 1974.

Braendle, Moses E.

  • Person
  • 1863

Moses E. Braendle was born October 23, 1862 in Wellesley township, Ontario to parents Johannes "John" Braendle, and Rosina Barbara Eberwein. He married Catharine Emelia Anthes (date unknown) and the couple had a son, Harold Anthes born July 17, 1893, in Woolwich Township. Moses' occupation is listed as teacher in the birth record of Harold. In 1910 he is listed as a bookkeeper in a furniture factory in Waterloo, later in 1921 he is a stock clerk also in Waterloo. Moses died in 1952 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario with Catherine who died February 23, 1953.. Harold died in Florida, July 17, 1974.

Bray Family

George Bray (1795-1846) was born December 11, 1795 in England. He married Ann Preston (b. 1796) and the pair had 10 children: Jemima (b.1816), Abraham (1818-1901), Isaac (1819-1837), Sarah (b. 1821), Rebecca (b. 1824), Rachel (b. 1827), Ruth (1832-1837), Hannah (b. 1834), Mary (b. 1839) and Jacob (1840-1920).
Eldest son Abraham immigrated to Canada in the early 1840's where he settled in Zorra Township and began to farm. By 1845 he married Sarah, also a British immigrant, and the couple had nine children: George (b. 1845), Elizabeth (b. 1847), Robert (b. 1849), James (b. 1853), Mary Jane (b. 1855), John (b. 1858), William (b. 1860), Marie (b. 1862), Joseph (b. 1867).
Abraham's youngest sibling, Jacob, settled in the Listowel area and there married Jane Brown (b.?). Jacob and Jane had son George (1873-1937) who later married Florence Murray (1874-1959).
(George) Murray Bray (1905-1974), lawyer, was born January 12 1905 to Florence Murray Bray (1874-1959) and George Bray (1873-1937) both of Canada. Born in Perth, Murray and his parents later moved to 70 Margaret Ave. in Kitchener. Murray studied law in Toronto and in 1929 he was called to the bar. He began working at his father's law office of Sims, Bray, McIntosh and Schofield in Kitchener. In 1928 Murray married Isabel Treacy (1906-1986) daughter of William (1878-1953) and Francis Crawford Treacy (1875-1929). Murray and Isabel had two children, William George, called Bill (b. 1929) and Judith (b. 1933). The family of Murray Bray lived in the Westmount region, at 145 Union Blvd. and later at 54 Rusholme Ave. Murray died in 1974 and Isabel in 1986.

Breckenridge, Lester P.

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  • 1858-1940

Lester Paige Breckenridge was born in Meriden, Connecticut, on May 17, 1858. He received a Ph.B degree at Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1881. From 1882 to 1891, Breckenridge was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. He later taught at the Michigan Agricultural College from 1891 to 1893. Until 1909, Breckenridge was a Professor and Director of Engineering for the Experimental Station at the University of Illinois. From September 1, 1909, and onwards, he was a professor at Sheffield Scientific School. In 1904, Breckenridge was also the engineer in charge of the boiler division of the United State Geological Survey fuel testing plant in St. Louis, Missouri. He was also an inventor, having created an automatic recording machine in 1901, as well as contriving and equipping dynamometers to cars in 1897 to 1899. Breckenridge was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Western Society of Engineers. He also wrote many articles in technical journals, reports, and bulletins.

Breithaupt, Albert Liborius

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  • 1870-1955

Albert Liborius Breithaupt was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario November 3, 1870 to parents Philip Ludwig (Louis) Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. He married Lydia Louise Anthes June 2, 1901. The couple had six children: Frederick Albert; Marie; Rudolph Anthes; Ruth Anna Catherine; Arthur Liborius and David. Albert worked for his father's leather company, and also founded and developed three other Kitchener companies, founding one of the city's first rubber industries which became part of the Dominion Rubber Company, a ladies wear firm and the Berlin Trunk and Bag Company. He was interested in community service, serving as an alderman for several years, a member of the Kitchener high school board, a member of the Berlin Light Commission, and he taught in the Sunday school at Zion Evangelical Church. Interested in woodworking, he made many pieces of furniture for his Georgian Bay cottage. His last business interest being in sales work with a company he started, the Shoe Findings Company.

After his wife, Lydia's death in 1942, Albert remarried Gladys Eileen Baechler. The couple were boating on Georgian Bay when they had an accident and Albert drowned on July 22, 1955. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener with his first wife, Lydia.

Breithaupt, Arthur Liborius

  • Person
  • 1911-1999

Arthur Liborius Breithaupt was born in Kitchener (Berlin) Ontario December 22, 1912 to parents Albert Liborius and Lydia Louisa Anthes. His siblings were Frederick Albert; Maria Martha Louise; Rudolph Anthes; Ruth Anna Catherine and David John. He married Martha Anne Frisbie March 27, 1936 and after her death in 1969 he married Betty Anne Combs. Arthur died in 1999 and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Barbara Catharina Goetz

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  • 1801-1887

Barbara Catharina Goetz was born October 19, 1801 in Germany and married Liborius Breithaupt in Allendorf, German on October 24, 1826. The couple had a son, Philip Ludwig (Louis) born November 8, 1827, also in Allendorf. A daughter Marie Elisabeth Frederica, born June 14, 1829, died May 13, 1834. In 1843, Liborius, Cattharina and Louis emigrated from Hesse, Germany to Buffalo, New York. While there, they had another daughter, Catharina, born February 18, 1847. Liborius died in Buffalo in May of 1851. Catharina applied for US naturalization in June of 1851, however, she and her two children later moved to Kitchener, Ontario in 1861. She died January 12, 1887 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Carl Louis

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  • 1896-1946

Carl Louis Breithaupt was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario on July 27, 1896 to parents John Christian Breithaupt and Caroline Catherine Anthes. His siblings were: John Edward; Louise Catherine (Geil); Freida Caroline (Harris); Walter Hailer; and Helena Esther (Duffield).

Carl attended Kitchener Collegiate Institute from 1910 to 1915 and was then employed by the family -owned Breithaupt Leather Company Limited of Kitchener. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in September 1917, went to England where he was detailed to Signal Company schools in south of England. He advanced to wireless operator, returning to Canada in March 1919.

Carl was educated as an chemical engineer, became an American citizen, and while working in Boston, Massachusetts he married Alice Kranz of Pennsylvania on October 11, 1933 in Ohio. In the 1940 United States census, Carl and Alice are living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with children Carl W. aged 5 and Walter, aged 1. On August 14, 1946 Carl was on a fishing trip in Parry Sound, Ontario with his brother, Walter. He fell out of the boat was drowned. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Alice and their children stayed in Ohio, Alice dying in May 25, 1984.

Breithaupt, Catharine Louise

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  • 1872-1886

Catherine Louise Breithaupt was born December 3, 1872, the daughter of Philip Ludwig (known as Louis) and Catherine Hailer. Her siblings were: Louis Jacob; William Henry; John Christian; Caroline Margaret Barbara (Augustine); Melvina Emilia (Baumann); Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; and Friederich Adolph. She died as a young teen on April 14, 1886 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Catherine Hailer

  • Person
  • 1834-1910

Catherine Hailer was born August 16, 1834 in Berlin, Ontario to parents Jacob Hailer and Margaret Riehl. She met Philip Ludwig (known as Louis) Breithaupt of Buffalo when he visited Berlin on business. The couple married February 8, 1853 in Berlin and had ten children: Louis Jacob; William Henry; John Christian; Caroline Margaret Barbara; Melvina Emilia; Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Libroius; Catharine Louise; and Friederich Adolph. Louis died July 3, 1880 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Catherine died July 5, 1910 and is buried with Louis.

Breithaupt, Daniel Edward

  • Person
  • 1868-1871

Daniel Edward was born October 30, 1868 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario, the son of Philip Ludwig (known as Louis) Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. His siblings were: Louis Jacob; William Henry; John Christian; Caroline Margaret Barbara (Augustine); Melvina Emilia (Baumann); Ezra Carl; Albert Liborius; Catharine Louise and Friederich Adolph. He died as a child, July 19, 1871 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, David John

  • Person
  • 1916-2003

David John Breithaupt was born in Kitchener, Ontario in 1916 to parents Albert Liborius Breithaupt and Lydia Louisa Anthes. His siblings were Frederick Albert; Maria Martha Louise; Rudolph Anthes; Ruth Anna Catherine; and Arthur Liborius.

David attended the University of Toronto medical school, graduating in 1941. In 1943 he is listed as temporary Surgeon Lieutenant on the Royal Canadian Naval volunteer and reserve lists through 1948. He lived in Wellington North, Ontario in 1945 with his wife Mary (surname unknown), eventually residing in Toronto, employed as a medical director. He died in October of 2003 in Toronto.

Breithaupt, Emma Alvarene

  • Person
  • 1860-1925

Emma Alvarene Devitt was born October 17, 1860 in Waterloo, Ontario to parents Benjamin Devitt and Nancy L. Bowman. She married Louis Jacob Breithaupt of Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario April 5, 1881 and the couple had 8 children: Louise Evelyn; Friedrich Adolph; Emma Lillian; Martha Edna; Rosa Melvina; Louis Orville; William Walter; Catherine Olive; and Paul Theodore. Emma died June 12, 1925 Belmont, Massachusetts and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Louis died in St. Petersburg, Florida March 6, 1939 and is also buried in Mount Hope.

Breithaupt, Emma Lillian

  • Person
  • 1884-1951

Emma Lillian Breithaupt was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario May 28, 1884, the daughter of Louis Jacob Breithaupt and Emma Alvarene Devitt. She had seven siblings: Louise Evelyn; Martha Edna; Rose Melvina; Louis Orville; William Walter; Catherine Olive and Paul Theodore. Emma was active in many church groups in Kitchener, Ontario, and was a leader in the local cultural community. Emma died September 9, 1951 in Kitchener and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Breithaupt, Ezra Carl

  • Person
  • 1866-1897

Ezra Carl Breithaupt was born February 10, 1866 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario,the son of Philip Ludwig (Louis) Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. His siblings were:Louis Jacob; John Christian; Caroline Margaret; Melvina Emilia; Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; Catharine Louise and Friederick Adolph. After attending local schools in Berlin, from 1883 to 1887 he took a general course at the evangelical NorthWestern College in Naperville, Illinois. In the autumn of 1890 he began the two-year course in applied electricity offered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was certificated in applied electricity in 1892, returned home and entered the Breithaupt Leather Company, of which he became a director, and the Berlin Gas Company, in which he combined professional and family interests.

Carl, as he was commonly known, became he manager of the Berlin Gas Company. The firm began generating electricity, and in 1895, with power from Berlin Gas, they converted two horse-drawn streetcars owned by the Berlin and Waterloo Street Railway Company to electric power; also lighting eight arc street lamps in Waterloo. Carl became the president of BWSR, expanding both the railway and the gas company, building a large gas tank and extensive additions to the powerhouse and plant for Berlin Gas and installing new rails and two new electric cars for the street railway.

Carl was prominent in the local community serving as a member of the local Board of Trade's financial committee in 1893, and as vice-president the following year, and in 1896 sat on its council. He also served as choirmaster and a Sunday school teacher at Zion Evangelical Church.

Carl never married, and on January 27 1897, died from injuries sustained in an explosion in the new gas tank he had built for Berlin Gas. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Frederick Albert

  • Person
  • 1902-1983

Frederick Albert was born July 29, 1902 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Albert Liborius and Lydia Louisa Anthes. His siblings were Maria Martha Louise; Rudolph Anthes; Ruth Anna Catherine; Arthur Liborius and David John. He married Frances Marian Bean on June 25, 1930. Frederick died in 1983 and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Friederich Adolph

  • Person
  • 1875-1882

Friederich Adolph Breithaupt was born August 25, 1875 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Philip Ludwig (Louis) and Catherine Hailer. His siblings were: Louis Jacob; John Christian; Caroline Margaret (Augustine); Melvina Emilia (Baumann); Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; and Catharine Louise. He died as a child on June 21, 1883 while visiting family with his mother in Cleveland, Ohio. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. His tombstone states he died in 1882, but the notice of his death in the Berliner newspaper of Kitchener was published in 1883.

Breithaupt, Herbert Caskey

  • Person
  • 1927-2017

Herbert Caskey Breithaupt was born February 22, 1927 in Kitchener, Ontario to parents Louis Orville Breithaupt and Sara Caskey. His siblings were Louis Paul; Mary Scott; Sara (Sally) Caroline.

Breithaupt, John Christian

  • Person
  • 1859-1951

John Christian Breithaupt was born in Buffalo, New York, February 27, 1859, the son of Philip Louis Breithaupt and Catherine Hailer. His siblings were: Louis Jacob; William Henry; Caroline Margaret; Melvina Emilia; Ezra Carl; Daniel Edward; Albert Liborius; Catharine Louise and Friederich Adolph. He and his family emigrated to Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario circa 1862.

John married Caroline Catherine "Carrie" Anthes January 27, 1892 and the couple had six children: John Edward; Louise Catherine (Geil); Carl Louis; Freida Caroline (Harris); Walter Hailer; and Helena Esther (Duffield). John worked in the family leather tanning business.

John first served on the Berlin council in 1890-1891. He was elected first deputy-reeve in 1893, and reeve in 1894. Following in his brother Louis's footsteps, he ran for and was elected Mayor of Berlin serving 1896-1897. He went back as a councillor and served until 1898, during which time the Berlin water works were purchased by a committee of which he was a member. In 1899, he was elected a member of the first water board.

John died September 14, 1951 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener with his wife, Caroline who died May 18, 1963.

Breithaupt, Liborius

  • Person
  • 1797-1851

Liborius Breithaupt was born in 1797 in Allendorf an der Werra, Kurhessen, Germany to Martha Elisabeth Kroschell, age 20, and Johann Christian Breithaupt, age 22. He married Barbara Catharina Goetz on October 24, 1826 in Allendorf. The couple had a son, Philip Ludwig (Louis) born November 8, 1827, also in Allendorf. A daughter Marie Elisabeth Frederica, born June 14, 1829, died May 13, 1834. In 1843, Liborius, Catharina and Louis emigrated from Hesse, Germany to Buffalo, New York. While there, they had another daughter, Catharina, born February 18, 1847. A fire damage report dated October 14, 1850 by Liborius lists extensive damage to his "sheep skin factory" on Steuben Street in Buffalo. Liborius died in Buffalo in May of 1851. Around 1861, Catharina moved to Berlin, Ontario where her son Philip Louis had been living since his marriage to Catherine Hailer in 1853.

Breithaupt, Louis Jacob

  • Person
  • 1855-1939

Louis Jacob Breithaupt was born March 3, 1855, in Buffalo, New York, the son of Philip Ludwig (known as Louis) and Catherine Hailer. The family moved to Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario in 1857. He married Emma Alverene Devitt April 5, 1881 and the couple had 8 children: Louise Evelyn; Emma Lillian; Martha Edna; Rosa Melvina; Louis Orville; William Walter; Catherine Olive; and Paul Theodore. Louis was a prominent local industrialist, served as Mayor of Kitchener from 1888-1889 and represented Waterloo North in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1899 to 1902 as a Liberal member. Louis died March 6, 1939 in Saint Petersburg, Florida and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Breithaupt, Louis Orville

  • Person
  • 1890-1960

Louis Orville Breithaupt was born October 28, 1890, the son of Louis Jacob Breithaupt and Emma Devitt of Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario. He married Mabel Louis White October 14, 1915, however she passed away on June 27th, 1916 in Berlin, Ontario, giving birth to their first child. Cause of death was premature labour with hemorrhaging. Sadly the baby died also. Louis remarried to Sara Caskey of Toronto on November 21, 1919. The couple had four children: Mary Scott; Louis Paul; Sara (Sally) Caroline and Herbert Caskey.

L.O. as he was commonly known, was educated at the University of Toronto. He became head of his family's leather business, Breithaupt Leather Company and was a Kitchener alderman for four years before becoming the youngest mayor in the city's history in 1923. He was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 1940 to 1952 and served as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 1952 until 1957. Breithaupt was active in many service organizations, such as the YMCA and Rotary Club. In 1959, he became Chancellor of Victoria University, Toronto.

Louis died in Toronto December 6, 1960 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener with his wife, Sara who died February 14, 1989.

Breithaupt, Louis Paul

  • Person
  • 1922-2005

Louis Paul Breithaupt was born in Kitchener, Ontario on June 25, 1922 to parents Louis Orville Breithaupt and Sara Caskey. His siblings were Mary Scott; Sara (Sally) Caroline and Herbert Caskey. Louis attended Queen's University where he became President of his year. He left in 1943 to join the R.C.A.F. and was discharged in 1945. He married Elizabeth Caroline Massey in Toronto on April 10, 1948 and the couple resided in Kitchener where Louis worked for the Breithaupt Leather Company until its sale in 1968. They had three sons, Louis M., Timothy H., and Gary S.

Louis was active in community organizations such as: the Kitchener Rotary Club, Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, Public School Board, Boy Scouts (Medal of Merit), Gyro, Flying Club, Public Utilities Commission, and Probus. He died June 9, 2005 in Kitchener and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery with his wife Elizabeth who died in 2013.

Breithaupt, Lydia Louisa

  • Person
  • 1877-1942

Lydia Louisa Breithaupt was a home maker in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario. She was born March 27, 1877 in Berlin Ontario to parents John Schmitt Anthes and Lydia Catherine Herlan. Her siblings were Ella Elmina (later Cook); Martha Melvina (later Rieder); John Isaac Franklin "Frank" and Caroline (Carrie) Catharine (later Breithaupt). Lydia married Albert Liborius Breithaupt on June 2, 1901 and the couple lived in Kitchener. The couple had six children: Frederick Albert (1902-1983); Maria Martha Louise (later Martin, 1903-); Rudolph Anthes (1906-1960); Ruth Anna Catherine (1910-); Arthur Liborius (1911-1999); David John (1916-). Lydia died June 18, 1942 and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. Her husband Albert died July 22, 1955 and is also interred in Mount Hope.

Breithaupt, Mabel Louise White

  • Person
  • 1894-1915

Mabel Louise White was a daughter of Charles E. White & Roberta M. Ezard. She was born in Milton, Ontario in 1894. She and Louise Orville Breithaupt were married October 14, in Halton County, Ontario. She passed away on June 27th, 1916 in Berlin, Ontario, giving birth to their first child. Cause of death was premature labour with hemorrhaging. Sadly the baby died also.

Breithaupt, Marie Elizabeth Fredericka

  • Person
  • 1829-1834

Marie Elisabeth Fredericka Breithaupt was born on June 14,1829, in Allendorf an der Werra, Kurhessen, Germany, the second child of Liborius Breithaupt and Barbara Catharina Goetz. She died as a young child on May 13, 1834.

Breithaupt, Martha Edna

  • Person
  • 1885-1963

Martha Edna Breithaupt was born July 26, 1885 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Louis Jacob and Emma Devitt. She had seven siblings: Louise Evelyn; Emma Lillian; Rose Melvina; Louis Orville; William Walter; Catherine Olive and Paul Theodore. As a girl, Edna, as she was known, spent her summers at the Breithaupt family cottages, "Riverbend" on the Grand River near Bridgeport (now part of Kitchener), and "Bayview" on Georgian Bay in the Penetanguishene area, where her father had opened a second branch of his tannery business in 1885. The Breithaupts were devoted members of Zion Evangelical church in Kitchener and Edna was involved in many church activities during her formative years. After high school she attended the Ontario Ladies' College in Whitby, where she majored in art. As an adult in Toronto, Edna founded the Art Students' League in Toronto, bringing art education to local children. She was an artist and patron of the arts throughout her life purchasing Giant’s Tomb Island, with the intention of establishing an artist’s colony; she even has a namesake island, "Aunt Edna’s Island" on Georgian Bay. In the 1940s, Edna established Wakunda Lodge at Sawlog Bay in the 1940s where she ran an art school with students staying for weeks at a time. She was also instrumental in forming the Kitchener-Waterloo Centre of Community Arts. Edna died April 13, 1963 and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

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