File 18 - Ahrens, Florence : family.

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Ahrens, Florence : family.

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SCA161-GA134-1-18

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  • 1920-1945 (Creation)
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    Ahrens, Florence Louisa

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  • 27 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm or smaller
  • 2 negatives : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm

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Johann Christoph Schneider was born in Germany, in Unteröwisheim, Baden, on August 27, 1831. His father, a farmer, was also Johann Christoph Schneider; his mother was Margarethe Elizabeth Zoller. He left Germany in 1847 when he was sixteen years old and settled in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, where a substantial German settlement already
existed. He worked as a carpenter and later as a mechanic, and by 1858 was a building contractor. He married Anna Elizabeth Metz on April 26, 1857. They had seven children, of
whom John Metz Schneider, founder of the meat packing firm later known as the Schneider Corp., was the first.

Johann Christoph Schneider contributed to the physical growth of Berlin as a builder, helping construct buildings such as the Waterloo County Court House and the Breithaupt
tanneries. In 1860 he purchased a 100-acre farm in what is now the Victoria/Lawrence St. area of Kitchener, cleared the land and spent the next thirty-seven years as a farmer. He was a founding member of the Church of the New Jerusalem, a Swedenborgian congregation. In politics he was “a staunch supporter of Reform principles.” (Obituary) He died in 1900.

The descendants of Johann Christoph Schneider played active roles in business, politics, the cultural and social life of the area from the nineteenth century to the present day.

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(1891-1982)

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Florence Louisa Ahrens was born February 25, 1891 in Kitchener, Ontario, the daughter of Charles August Ahrens and Laura Emma Hirschey Ahrens. Her siblings were Frederick Hirschey and Charlotte "Lottie" Mary. Florence worked for the family company, C.A. Ahrens Shoe Co., for 42 years, was a 50-year member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, as well as a member of both the K-W Business and Professional Women's Club and the Church of the Good Shepherd. She died in November 7, 1982 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. Her body was interred at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener, Ontario.

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2001 File Transfer Box #19 : Herbert J. Schneider Collection Box 2 of 17

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Envelope of snapshots labelled "Miss Ahrens". The photographs include: Mabel and Bill Picard wedding (4 snapshots, Mabel and Bill Pickard, Norman Schneider, Florence Ahrens); Emma Ahrens and Walter Siegner wedding,1920 (2 snapshots); "Mac" Macdonald and Edith Ahrens wedding (1 snapshot); Ahrens cottage at Grand Bend called "Berlin" (1 snapshot); Church of the Good Shepherd interior (1 snapshot); grape farm near St. David's (2 snapshots); many unidentified friends (15 snapshots); Hebert J. Schneider (1 snapshot). The negatives are of an unidentified golfer and an unidentified family group.

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Original description: Family Photos from Scrapbook Project 2 negatives, 3 portraits, 32 snapshots

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HJS 98:01 :16 Folder A4 a.1

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First 8: Unidentified [195-]

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