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Zig Inc.

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  • Corporate body
  • 1931-2020

Zeller, Walter P.

  • Person
  • 1890–1957

Walter P. Zeller was born on a farm outside of Breslau, Ontario on October 21, 1890.

Zehr, Carl

  • 1945-

Carl Zehr was born in Baden, Ontario and is a graduate of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener. He has served as a member of the board of numerous Kitchener area organizations: the Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Board, the University of Waterloo, Centre in the Square, and Kitchener Housing Inc. Zehr was the Ontario Liberal Party candidate in Kitchener-Wilmot in the 1990 provincial election, but came in second to New Democrat Mike Cooper. He was elected mayor of Kitchener in 1997 serving until 2014. . He previously served as a city councillor from 1985 to 1994. He is the namesake of Carl Zehr Square, a public square at Kitchener City Hall.

Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo

  • Corporate body
  • 1905-

The Young Women's Christian Association of Kitchener-Waterloo was organized in 1905 as the "Berlin YWCA" and operated out of rented premises on Queen St. South in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario with Mary Ratz Kaufman as President. the YWCA's main purpose at that time was to provide for both the spiritual and physical welfare of the increasing number of young women who were coming to the urban and industrialized areas seeking employment and education. The local Y offered both a residence and a programme of helpful classes in embroidery, cooking, and "physical culture". In 1911 fund-raising began, a site was purchased and on May 15, 1915 a new building was opened at 84 Frederick St., Berlin [now Kitchener], Ontario. Although the motion was made in 1917 to change the name of the YWCA from Berlin to Kitchener, as the City had been renamed, the name was not officially changed until 1960.
In 1937 a new wing donated by Mary R. Kaufman, containing a gymnasium, was opened. A branch of the YWCA was desired for Waterloo and in 1960 a property in Waterloo was purchased at 186 King. St. S., later sold in 1972 to the Red Cross.
Over the years the YWCA offered many programs for children and adults alike: camping started 1926 at Camp Tinawatawa, clubs flourished, physical, health and craft classes were offered and programs were devised for newcomers to the country and area. Today, the YWCA provides "programs in the areas of childcare, youth recreation, emergency and supportive housing for women, and prison-based counseling." ( ) The building at 84 Frederick St. is now an emergency shelter called Mary's Place, named after Mary Ratz Kaufman and operated by the YWCA.

Young Men’s Christian Association

  • Corporate body
  • 1844-

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), sometimes regionally called the Y, is a worldwide organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, with more than 64 million beneficiaries from 120 national associations.

During the Second World War the YMCA was involved in war work with displaced persons and refugees. They also established the War Prisoners Aid to support prisoners of war by providing sports equipment, musical instruments, art materials, radios, gramophones, eating utensils, and other items.

Wyle, Florence

  • Person
  • 1881-1968

Florence Wyle was a Canadian sculptor. She was born in Trenton, Illinois, and studied medicine at the University of Illinois and then art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught classes. She then worked in New York where she shared a studio with Frances Loring. Loring and Wyle moved to Toronto in 1912, and in 1920 bought an old church and converted it into a studio. Loring and Wyle were both active in Canadian art movements and were founding members of the Sculptors Society of Canada in 1928. Their work can be seen at the National Gallery in Ottawa, Art Gallery of Toronto, and in the streets of Toronto on such buildings as the Toronto General Hospital and Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, and on memorials in small towns in Ontario, New Brunswick and Maine.

Wright, Douglas T.

  • Person
  • 1927-2020

Douglas Tyndall Wright was born October 4, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario to George Charles and Etta Frances (Tyndall) Wright. He received a B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 1949, a Master of Science degree in 1952 from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1954. In 1954, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, becoming Associate Professor by 1958. In 1958, he became a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1958 to 1963 and was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 1959 to 1966. During his tenure Waterloo developed the largest School of Engineering in Canada.

From 1967 to 1972, Doug was the Chairman of the Committee on University Affairs for the Province of Ontario. From 1969 to 1972, he was the Chairman of the Commission on Post Secondary Education in Ontario. From 1972 to 1979, he was Deputy Provincial Secretary for Social Development and from 1979 to 1980, he was Deputy Minister of Culture and Recreation. From 1981 to 1993, he served as the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo.

He has served as an advisor to the Government of Ontario and to the Government of Canada. In 1992 he was appointed Chairman of the Canadian Working Group of the Trilateral Task Force on North American Co operation in Higher Education and Research.

Wright died at his home May 21, 2020.

Wray, Fay

  • Person
  • 1907-2004

Fay Wray was born on September 15, 1907 in Cardston, Alberta. Wray was a Canadian-American actress who found much success in Hollywood. She is most known for her role as Ann Darrow in the movie "King Kong" (1933). She is also considered as the first scream queens in cinema. Wray was a well-rounded actress appearing in all genres of film ranging from dramas and comedies as well as Westerns and horror roles. She also performed her own stunts in films. She died on August 2, 2004.

Women's Press Club of Toronto

  • Corporate body
  • 1904-[199-?]

The Canadian Women's Press Club was founded in 1904 by a group of Canadian woman reporters returning from a complimentary trip to the St. Louis Exposition. The club was suggested by George Henry Ham, the CPR's publicity director, and the first president was Kathleen Blake "Kit" Coleman. The Toronto Branch was founded in 1909, one of 15 regional branches organized over the years. Established as a "craft club" to help and promote its members in the profession of journalism, the Club remained active until the 1990's, counting as members most Canadian women journalists of note. In 1971 the Canadian Women's Press Club became the Media Club of Canada, and the Toronto Branch of the Club became the Media Club of Canada, Toronto Branch. In 1976 the Toronto Branch became an autonomous group under the name Toronto Women's Press Club, later changed to the Women's Press Club of Toronto. The Toronto Branch ceased in 199? and the Media Club of Canada suspended operations in 199?

By the 1980's the Women's Press Club of Toronto had launched a history project and put Kay Rex, a long-time member, in charge of collecting materials and writing a history of the Canadian Women's Press Club to 1971. Her book No Daughter of Mine: The Women and History of the Canadian Women's Press Club, 1904-1971 was published in 1995 by the University of Toronto Press.

Women's Health and Abortion Project

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The Women's Health and Abortion Project was established in New York City initially to support opposition to anti-abortion laws. The organization also provided low cost abortions, education, doctor referrals, and more to female patients with an emphasis on women having knowledge of, and control over, their own bodies and medical procedures.

Woelfle, John

Johann Friedrich (John) Woelfle was born in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, 1870. He was the son of John Jacob Woelfle (1828-1888), a German emigrant who farmed and made and sold ploughs in Berlin, Ontario. John Jacob Woelfle married his second wife, Emilia Krug, in 1864 and of their nine children, John Woelfle was the second son, and Eduard E. Woelfle (born in 1873) was the fourth son.
At the time these letter were written John Woelfle was a commercial traveller for the firm of Callaghan and Company of Chicago, Illinois, a publisher of legal reports, digests and material of interest to lawyers and the legal profession. Eduard E. Woelfle, to whom the letters are addressed, was born in Berlin, Ontario on July 4, 1873. He served as a machinist's apprentice at Goldie and McCulloch in Galt, Ont., worked as a journeyman in the United States, and returned to Berlin in 1906 to open a business with his brother Gustave. This was incorporated in 1920 under the name of Woelfle Brothers, Limited. John Woelfle died in 1896.
Sources: Lamb, Kathryn Hansuld. "Bridgeport's Lancaster Hotel and its owners 1853-1989." Waterloo Historical Society. 1989. 77: 120-141, Middleton, Jesse Edgar and Landon, Fred. "Edward E. Woelfle and Gustave A. Woelfle." The Province of Ontario: a history, 1615-1927. Toronto: Dominion Publishing Company, 1927. vol. 4, p. 436, and Moogk, Peter N. "Nach Amerika: the Krugs of Eulersdorf come to Canada West." Waterloo Historical Society. 1992. 80: 142-155.


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Willson, Mary Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1860-1928

Mary Elizabeth Anthes was born in Wilmot township February 11, 1860 to parents Jacob Anthes and Magdalena Stricker. She was married September 30, 1886 to Ephraim William Willson and the couple had five children: Leslie A.; Ford Isaac; William Claremont; Norma Margaret; and Martha Bell (Marthabell). She died September 14, 1928 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Willson, Ephraim William

  • Person
  • 1862-1950

Ephraim William Willson was born August 26, 1862 in Waterloo County, Ontario. He married Mary Elizabeth Anthes September 30, 1886 and the couple had five children: Leslie A.; Ford Isaac; William Claremont; Norma Margaret Hattin; and Martha Bell (Marthabell) Cook.. He died in September of 1950 and is buried with Mary in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Williamson, George Charles

  • Person
  • 1858–1942

Born in England, George Charles Williamson was a historian and antiquarian who wrote a number of books on European art history.

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