File 65 - Anthes family to Louis Henry Wagner.

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Anthes family to Louis Henry Wagner.

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  • August 10, 1908 (Authorship)
    Breithaupt, Lydia Louisa

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John Schmitt Anthes was born November 8, 1844 in Wilmot township, Waterloo Region to parents Martin Anthes and Catharine Schmidt, both born in France. He married Lydia Catherine Herlan on June 27, 1867. The couple had seven children. John Anthes worked as a teacher for a few years and later worked as an accountant and salesman at the Breithaupt Tannery in Kitchener. In 1844 he entered the furniture business purchasing the Berlin Novelty Works and manufacturing children's carriages and slat chairs and later high end furniture for the home. In 1901 he went into the amalgamation of furniture factories under the name of Canada Furniture Manufacturers Ltd., in which company he was a director and manager of the local factories for a number of years. In 1906, Mr. Anthes resigned as director and in partnership with J. C. Breithaupt, built a furniture factory, the Anthes Furniture Company. He died on April 13, 1915, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

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Lydia Catherine Herlan was born in Warsaw, New York on December 20, 1849 to Franz Herlan and Carolina Demarez. She married John Schmitt Anthes in Kitchener, Ontario on June 27, 1866. Together they had seven children: Caroline Catharine "Carrie"; Frank; John Isaac Franklin "Frank"; Lydia Louisa "Louisa", Martha Melvina; Ella Elmina; and Alvin B, who died in infancy. Lydia died February 22, 1936 and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

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The Wagners and Hailers were prominent early settler families in Waterloo County, Ontario, as were the Staebler, Biehn/Bean and Breithaupt families.

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Correspondence from John Schmidt Anthes, Lydia Catherine Anthes and Lydia Louisa Anthes Breithaupt and others to cousin Louis Henry Wagner. The letter discusses their summer at the Breithaupt cottage in Penetang (Penetanguishene) and in Sans Souic, Moon River, the well-being of family and friends and Albert Liborious' upcoming trip to Germany.

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Donated by Gordon Wagner in September 1990 and May 1991.


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Rev JB Jan 2019.

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