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The Bechler family immigrated to Canada from Germany in the 1870s. Christian Bechler and his wife Christina moved to Wilmot Township before settling in Berlin (later Kitchener) with their sons, Gottfried and Edward. Christian worked as a farmer. Gottfried Bechler and Louise (Louisa) Schmidt were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch on July 10, 1894 in Berlin. Gottfried worked as a buttonmaker. Edward Bechler and Anna (Annie) Schmidt were married by Reverend Reinhold von Pirch on the April 18, 1899 in Berlin. Edward worked as a labourer and a machine hand.
Frederick Bechler lived in Wilmot Township before moving to Berlin (later Kitchener). Frederick worked as a labourer, button maker, and button turner in Berlin. Frederick married Auguste “Maria” Schultz in 1879. Frederick and Maria had four children: Gustave, Wilhelmina Henrietta, Willie, and Carl Gottfried.
Gustav Bechler worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Bechler married Margth Reeger on November 11, 1903. The couple lived in Michigan with their daughters Ella and Ethel. Minnie (Wilhelmina Henrietta) worked as a cigar maker in Berlin. Carl Gottfried (Charles Godfrey) worked as a cabinet maker in Berlin. Charles married Mary Hazel Reid on November 30, 1910 in Guelph.
After Maria’s death, Frederick Bechler remarried on July 6, 1897 to Matilda Rogge-Wiese. Frederick and Matilda had two children: Viola and Walter. Walter worked as a shoemaker in Kitchener. Walter married Dorothy Regan on July 1, 1937 in Kitchener.
Henrietta Wilhelmina Bechler was born in Germany on November 7, 1859. It is likely Henrietta was the daughter of Christian and Christina Bechler. She married Christian Rosekat and immigrated to Canada with him in 1879. Christian Rosekat worked as a tanner. The Rosekats lived in Berlin (later Kitchener) where they had nine children: Wilhelmine Henriette (Mina), William, Charles, Henry, Alfred (Frederick), Herman, Albert, Walter, and John.
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One Christmas card from the Bechler family photo album. Card is signed from Pop [Erino?] and Ernie.
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Donated in 1998.
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- Described by SGL September 2020.
- Reviewed by NM September 2020.
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