File 54-5625 - Blind Skater, Rudolph Henning

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Blind Skater, Rudolph Henning

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  • January 19, 1954 (Photography)

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4 photographs : b&w copy negatives ; 10 x 8 cm and 8 x 10 cm

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record began with the publication of the Daily News of Berlin on Feb. 9, 1878, and was the first daily paper in the area. It was published by Peter Moyer. Over the years it had several names and publishers: in Jan. 1897 it was purchased by the German Printing and Publishing Co. and was amalgamated with that company's Berlin Daily Record to become the Berlin News Record, and later still the News Record, all published by W.V. Uttley. In 1918 the publishers of the German-language paper the Berliner Journal, W.D. Euler and William J. Motz, purchased the News Record and changed the name to the Kitchener Daily Record. On July 17, 1922 the Record absorbed the other daily, the Daily Telegraph. Thus the original three daily papers (the News Record, the Berlin Daily Record, and the Daily Telegraph) became one.

The Berliner Journal began in Dec. 29, 1859 by Frederick Rittinger and John Motz, and was located on Queen St. S in Kitchener. Motz remained editor until his death in 1899, at which time his some William acquired his father's interest. When Rittinger died in 1915 his share was acquired by W.D. Euler. The weekly Journal ended on May 10, 1924. The Record’s first staff photographer was Harry Huehnergard, who worked for the paper for 49 years before retiring in 1986 as Manager of the Photographic Department.

In 1948 the Kitchener Daily Record was re-named the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, which name it retained until 1994, when it became simply The Record. In 1928 the paper moved from its home at 49 King St. W. to a new building at Queen and Duke St., 30 Queen St. N., where it was to stay for 44 years until moving in May 1973 to 225 Fairway Road. When William J. Motz died in 1946 his son John E. Motz took over as publisher. The by-then Senator Euler sold his interest to Southam Press in 1953. John E. Motz died in 1975 and the Motz Family continued to own a controlling interest in the paper until 1990, when it was sold to Southam. (Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record Centennial Souvenir, Feb. 8, 1978. For the later history of this paper, see this Wikipedia article.)

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54-5625_001, 54-5625_004 and two photos missing from envelope appeared on Page 15 of the Saturday, February 6, 1954 edition of the newspaper.

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Photo caption accompanying photos: "BLIND SPORTSMAN - Rudolph Henning, blind resident at Kitchener's Huronia Hall, doesn't let his handicap interfere with sports activities. During the winter his activities take him to Victoria Park for skating. He also attends many hockey games and with a small radio is able to keep track of the game. In the summer he swims and dives at the Kitchener swimming pool. This spring he intends to take up golf. He is shown (left to right) [see 54-5625_003 for closest version] putting on his skates unassisted; skating with his partner, Mrs. Erwin Kueneman [54-5625_004]; trying the smooth ice alone [54-5625_001], and talking with Nick Lang [no suitable substitute in envelope], who arrived in Canada from Germany only six months ago, about skating in Germany. Observance of White Cane Week will start tomorrow in conjunction with the Canada-wide program emphasizing the problem of the blind. Windows of Kitchener stores are decorated with the White Cane Week symbol."

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20200107: Typo in title changed from Rudolf to Rudolph based on captions in paper. - DR

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