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Acadian Club

  • Corporate body

The Acadian Club in Waterloo, Ontario was a social club for single and married men of German background. On May 5, 1916, the club rooms were raided by members of the 118th Batallion for the purpose of removing a bust of the Kaiser and in the course of the raid the club sustained damage to property and premises. The Club submitted a claim for damages to the government which, like the claim made by the Concordia Club of Kitchener for damages sustained during a previous raid by the 118th Batallion on Feb. 16 of the same year, was rejected. (Ontario and the First World War: a collection of documents / edited with an introduction by Barbara M. Wilson. -- Toronto: Champlain Society, 1977.)

Ackermann, Rudolph

  • Person
  • 1764-1834

Rudolph Ackermann (20 April 1764 in Schneeberg, Electorate of Saxony – 30 March 1834 in Finchley, London) was an Anglo-German bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and businessman.

Acorn, Milton

  • Person
  • 1923-1986

Milton Acorn was a Canadian poet born on March 30, 1923 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He mainly worked as a carpenter by trade, but also wrote poetry influenced by Marxist ideas as well as experiences from the working-class. Acorn published various collections of his writing and gained recognition from fellow poets for his nationalism and activism. Throughout his life, Acorn lived in various cities across Canada including Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver before moving back to Charlottetown, where he died on August 20, 1986.

Ahrens, Albert Edward

  • Person
  • 1867-1920

Albert Edward Ahrens was born on April 4, 1867 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario to parents Charles Ahrens and Charlotte Roth. He worked as a shoe manufacturer with his father and brothers at their company Charles A. Ahrens & Sons. Albert is listed as married to Eva I. (birth name unknown, born June 29, 1873 in United States, immigrated to Canada in 1900) in the 1901 census. He later married Isabella Louisa Hachborn September 26, 1910. He had one child with Isabella; Mildred Marie Ahrens. Albert died December 20, 1920 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Ahrens, Carl Hermann

  • Person
  • 1891-1960

Carl "Charles" Hermann Ahrens was a business executive born September 17, 1891 in Kitchener, Ontario to Henry Jacob Ahrens and Caroline Seiler Ahrens. He married Edith (Edythe) Diana Woefle on June 2, 1923 in Niagara, New York. Ahrens served as vice-president of the Southern Mill and Manufacturing Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a per-fabricated homes business founded by his bother Walter Henry Ahrens. Edith died in August of 1958 and is buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa. Carl married Maude Claire Braunhich in 1959. He died August 29, 1960 in Tulsa and was buried with Edith.

Ahrens, Caroline

  • Person
  • 1862-1934

Caroline "Carrie" Ahrens was born on January 25, 1862 in Berlin, now Kitchener, Ontario to parents Charles Andrew Ahrens and Henrietta Charlotte Roth. She was the fourth child of eleven, her siblings being: Maria Charlotte; Herman Emmanuel; Louisa; Henry Jacob; Charles August; Wilhelmine; Helena; Emma; Albert Edward; and Laura Emma. Ahrens was a member of the Church of the New Jerusalem. She died March 24, 1934 and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Ahrens, Caroline Seiler

  • Person
  • 1861-1944

Caroline Seiler Ahrens was born June 3, 1861 in Waterloo County, the daughter of George Seiler and Elisabeth Schmidt. She married Henry Jacob Ahrens November 6, 1884 and the couple had five children: Walter Henry Ahrens, George Seiler Ahrens, Mabel Laura Ahrens, Carl Hermann "Charles" Ahrens, and Edith Louisa Ahrens. Ahrens attended the Church of the Good Shepherd and served as treasurer of the Woman's Auxiliary for 27 years. She was a member of Eastern Star, and sat on the board of the YWCA for several years and served as the treasurer of the board for 25 years. Ahrens died February 3, 1944 and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener.

Ahrens, Charles Andrew

  • Person
  • 1827-1903

Charles Andrew Ahrens was an industrialist, businessman and bookkeeper born July 11, 1827 in Hohen-Wesdt, Holstein, Germany. He emigrated to Berlin (now Kitchener) in 1851 at the age of 24. He began working as a bookkeeper at Louis Breithaupt's tannery 1857. He later worked for Beardmores in Toronto for 5 years. On April 16, 1854, Ahrens married Henrietta Charlotte Roth, who had emigrated from Germany to Preston, Ontario in 1852. Together they had twelve children. The family lived for a time in Port Elgin, where Charles operated a general store, in partnership with a Mr. Kinzie. Upon their return to Kitchener, Charles worked as bookkeeper for the Hepburn Shoe Factory. Charles was also the clerk and treasurer for the town of Berlin and in 1886 he was a Town Councillor. In 1879 he opened his own shoe store, and later a factory, C.A. Ahrens Shoe Co., which operated across from the Walper Hotel on Queen Street South. By the early 1900's, the shoe factory was a thriving and eventually taken over by Ahrens' son, Charles August.The company was purchased by Savage Shoe Co. in 1949. Charles Andrew died on August 18, 1903 following a series of strokes and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener, Ontario.

Ahrens, Charles August

  • Person
  • 1856-1937

Charles August Ahrens was an industrialist born on August 28, 1856 in Port Elgin, Ontario to parents Charles Andrew and Charlotte Henrietta Ahrens. He was a harness maker and went to Iowa to specialize in making special harnesses for horse racing. He married Laura Emma Hirschy September 21, 1882 in Wayne, Ohio. He founded Chas. A. Ahrens Ltd. in Berlin, now Kitchener, Ontario in 1882, which he operated for 55 years. in addition to his business activities, he built several buildings and homes in the area. Ahrens was a charter member of the Kitchener Board of Trade, and served for a time on the Board of Health and the K-W Hospital Board. Together he and Laura had three children: Fredrick Hirschy; Charlotte Mary; and Florence L. He died September 14, 1937 and was entombed at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. At the time of his death, he held the record within the Dominion for the uninterrupted operation of a show factory by the same person.

Ahrens, Emma

  • Person
  • 1865-1945

Emma Ahrens was born April 27, 1865 in Kitchener, Ontario. Her parents were Charles Andrew Ahrens and Charlotte Henrietta Roth Ahrens. Emma died December 27, 1945 in Kitchener and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Kitchener.

Ahrens, Florence Louisa

  • Person
  • 1891-1982

Florence "Floss" Louisa Ahrens was a secretary and volunteer born February 25, 1891 in Kitchener, Ontario. She was the daughter of Charles August Ahrens and Laura Emma Hirschy Ahrens. Ahrens worked for the family company, C.A. Ahrens Shoe Co., for 42 years. Outside of work she 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 November 7, 1982 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital and was entombed at Woodland Cemetery.

Ahrens, Frederick Hirschy

  • Person
  • 1883-1975

Frederick Hirschy Ahrens was a businessman and municipal official born June 27, 1883 in Berlin (now Kitchener) Ontario to Charles August Ahrens and Laura Emma Hirschy. He worked with his father at the family business, Ahrens Shoe Company. Ahrens was a member of the Grand River Lodge AM and AM, as well as the Kitchener Rotary Club, and served as a City of Kitchener alderman between 1920 and 1924. He married Clara Alberta Heller (1883-1950) on January 20, 1909. He remarried following her death, spending his later years with Annette Bulmer (nee Drummond) (1896-1983). Fred died in March 3, 1975 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was entombed at the Woodland mausoleum alongside Clara.

Ahrens, George Seiler

  • Person
  • 1887-1962

George Seiler Ahrens was a businessman born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario March 27, 1887 to Henry Jacob Ahrens and Caroline Seiler. He married Rose Margueritte Lloyd, born in Ireland, on June 24, 1908. They had a daughter, Muriel Kathleen (later Sharpe) (1909-1998). He managed a luggage company in Kitchener, before moving to the United States in 1926, to join his brother Walter in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ahrens served as secretary-treasurer for the company Walter company, the Southern Mill and Manufacturing Co., which was founded in 1919 and produced pre-fabricated housing. He was a member of the Tulsa Rotary Club and the Oaks Country Club, and attended Trinity Episcopal Church. George died in Tulsa on May 24, 1962 and was entombed in Rose Hill Mausoleum. Rose died March 17, 1969 in Toronto.

Ahrens, Henrietta Charlotte

  • Person
  • 1831-1896

Henriette Charlotte Roth was a homemaker born June 29, 1831 in Reichen Sachsen (Hessee) Germany. She emigrated to Preston, Ontario in 1852 to join her brother Henry Roth. On April 16, 1854, she married Charles Andrew Ahrens and together they had 11 children: Wilhelmine "Minnie" "Menna" (Von Ende); Charles August; Henry Jacob; Helena (Schneider); Carolina "Carrie"; Louise; Emma; Albert Edward; Laura Emma "Lola" (Hachborn); Herman Emmanuel; Maria "Mary" Charlotte. Ahrens died on March 27, 1896 following several years of illness, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Ahrens, Henry Jacob

  • Person
  • 1858-1933

Henry Jacob Ahrens was a grocer born March 2, 1858 in Port Elgin, Ontario to Charles Andrew Ahrens and Henrietta Charlotte Roth. He married Caroline Seiler April 16, 1884 and together they had five children: Walter Henry, George Seiler, Mabel Laura, Carl Hermann "Charles", and Edith Louisa. Ahrens owned and operated Five Points Grocery at the corner of Frederick and Lancaster until his retirement in [1919]. He died January 25, 1933 following a stroke and was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. Caroline, who died in 1944, was buried with him.

Ahrens, Herman Emmanuel

  • Person
  • 1872-1958

Herman Emmanuel Ahrens was a tailor and deputy returning officer for municipal elections born November 23, 1872 to Charles Andrew and Charlotte Henrietta Ahrens. He began a career in tailoring at the age of 13 after receiving a tailored suit from his parents, serving as a tailor's apprentice and later as a journeyman tailor. At the time of his Mother's death in 1896, he was living in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He married Alvina Hofert of Saginaw, Michigan September 4, 1899 at Mount Pleasant, Michagan. The couple were residing in Ohio in the 1900 United States census. They then moved returned to what is now Kitchener in 1904, where he opened up a tailor shop above the Schell and Englert grocery store on King Street and later a location in Fergus. He served as deputy returning officer of Kitchener's municipal elections for 46 years, was a member of the Swedenborgian Church of Good Shephard and was active in the Moose lodge. He and his wife, Alvina had seven children; Leonard, Eugene, Margaret, Helen, Grace, Ruth, and Herbert. Ahrens retired from tailoring in 1948. He died October 16, 1958 and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener. His wife, Alvina died in 1960 and was buried with him in Mount Hope.

Ahrens, Laura Emma Hirschy

  • Person
  • 1858-1949

Laura Emma Hirschy was born in Fredericksburg, Ohio December 20, 1858 to Henry and Mary (nee Hurst) Hirschy. She married Charles August Ahrens formerly of Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario in Wayne, Ohio. They later relocated to Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario where Charles founded Chas. A. Ahrens Ltd. in in 1882. Together Laura and Charles had three children: Frederick Hirschy; Charlotte Mary; and Florence Louise. Laura attended the Church of the Good Shepherd and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, the Indepedent Dorcas, and the Order of the Eatern Star. She died February 21, 1949 and was entombed at Woodland Cemetery.

Ahrens, Louise

  • Person
  • 1863-1948

Louise Ahrens was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario on December 5, 1863, the daughter of Charles Andrew Ahrens and Charlotte Henrietta Roth. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and their Women's Auxiliary. Louise died suddenly on September 7, 1948 and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Ahrens, Walter Henry

  • Person
  • 1885-1959

Walter Henry Ahrens was an industrialist born July 24, 1885 in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario to parents Henry Jacob Ahrens and Caroline Seiler. Walter moved to the United States as an adult and lived variously in Chicago, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He founded the Tulsa-based Southern Mill and Manufacturing Co., which produced per-fabricated homes, in 1919. The company first made its mark in the 1920s, building residential homes for oil companies with land leases, a relationship that continued into the 1930s with the growth of the drilling in the east Texas oil fields. Southern Mill and Manufacturing Co. was later awarded a grant from the Federal Works Agency, during World War II, to address the need for quickly available housing around defense plants. Outside of work, Ahrens helped established the Oaks Country Club, and was a member of the Kiwanis club and the Trinity Espiscopal Church, and served as direct of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and Fourth National Bank. Ahrens married Alberta Vivian Francisco January 17, 1906 in Winslow, Arkansas and together they had five children. He died May 30, 1959 in Tulsa, where he was buried.

Aird, John Black

  • Person
  • 1923-1995

John Black Aird was born May 5, 1923 in Toronto. He served as the 23rd Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario from 1980-1985. He died May 6, 1995 in Toronto.

Alexandra Studios

  • Corporate body
  • 1911-1976

The Alexandra Studios was a Toronto, Ontario-based photographic studio.

The studio was started by Louis J. Turofsky in 1911 and occupied a number of Toronto locations until it ceased operations in 1976. The studio seems to have evolved through a number of name changes, including Alexandre Studios from 1915-1921, and then known as Alexandra Studios from 1922-1953. From 1954-1963 the business was known as Turofsky Photographers. In 1964 the firm again was known as Alexandra Studio, becoming the Alexander (or Alexandra) Studio-Turofsky from 1973 to 1974, after which it appeared to have the name of Alexander Studio.

Photographers employed by the studio included Louis J. Turofsky, Nathan Turofsky, Harold Crellin, and Roy P. Mitchell. It would appear that Louis and Nathan Turofsky no longer were involved with the studio after 1960, after which date Crellin and Mitchell ran the business. From 1973-1974 Crellin was President of the company, with Mitchell as Secretary-treasurer. From 1975 until the closing of the studio in 1976, Mitchell appears to have been the President of the company.

Alger, Daniel Henry

  • Person
  • 1884-1936

Daniel H. Alger was a plant manager born in Broughham, Ontario in 1884. He went to Colborne High School and studied at the Ontario College of Pharmacy. He worked from 1926 to 1927 at Lindsay Distilleries Ltd., before joining Joseph E. Seagram and Son's in Waterloo as a plant manager in 1929. Alger was a member of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, the Waterloo Board of Trade, and a member of various golf clubs including Westmount Golf and Country Club. He died August 12, 1936 in Toronto, Ontario following an automobile crash north of Orangeville, Ontario while returning to Waterloo from his summer home in Georgian Bay. Alger's wife and a maid employed by the couple, who were in the car with Alger, survived the crash. He was entombed at Woodland Cemetery in Kitchener.

Alguire, Duncan Orestes

  • Person
  • 1853-1925

Duncan Orestes Alguire was a Canadian physician and politician born August 13, 1853. He graduated from McGill University in 1873, married Louisa Anne Ross on August 8, 1876 and lived in Cornwall, Ontario. In 1911, he was elected as a Conservative M.P. for the riding of Stormont and served until 1917. He died May 4, 1925.

Alguire, William McLachlin

  • Person
  • 1935-2009

William McLachlin Alguire was a community builder and Electrohome employee for 34 years. He served as Secretary-Treasurer of the company's Board of Directors from 1992 until his retirement in 1997. Outside of work, Alguire was a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kitchener and Knox Presbyterian Church in Meaford, Ontario. He served as a Cub Scout leader, was a member of the Kitchener Rotary Club, and sat as Board Chair of the Georgian Theatre Festival. Alguire died December 9, 2009.

Alles, George

  • Person
  • 1856-1934

George Alles was a farmer born in Woolwich Township on October 4, 1856 to parents Conrad Alles and Barbara Adolph. He farmed most of his life in the Wellesley area. On June 7, 1881, George married Elizabeth Fischer (1860-1906) at Shantz Station, Waterloo Township. The couple had four children: Lucinda (Eby); Clara Rosalina; Alvin George and Cordella Arilla (Huehnergard). Subsequent to his wife Elizabeth's death, George married Anna Maria Schneider. George, who spent the final 28 years of his life in Kitchener, died October 8, 1934 at his home at 77 Water Street South and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Alles, Maria Anna Schneider

  • Person
  • 1872-1948

Maria (Mary) Anna Schneider was born April 11, 1872 in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario, the sixth child of Christoph and Anna Schneider. She married George Alles, a widower with small children, on June 30, 1909. Mary attended the Church of the Good Shepherd and served on the Woman's Auxiliary. She died June 14, 1948 following a lengthy illness and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Alloway, Beulah Misener

  • Person
  • 1925-1960

Beulah Misener was a missionary to Kenya. She was born April 8, 1925 to Harley Anson and Ida May (nee Lemon) Misener in Troy, Ontario. She married the Rev. Ross Alloway in Oshawa, Ontario on June 11, 1949. In November 1954 the couple left for Africa to serve as missionaries to the Kipsigis tribe for the Africa Inland Mission. They served first at Litein Station in Western Kenya, 20 miles from Kericho, moving 30 miles to Sitotwet in 1958. Two of their three children were born in Africa. On February 8th, 1960, two weeks before her intended return to Canada, Beulah Alloway died of what is described in the fonds as "cerebral malaria". She was buried in Kisumu, Kenya and memorialized on the Misener family headstone at the Troy Cemetery.

Alpha Delta Kappa. Province of Ontario Chapter

  • Corporate body

Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary sorority for women educators, founded in 1947 by Agnes Shipman Robertson, Marie Neal, Marion Southall and Hattie Poppino. Their aim was to recognize and support the professional efforts of women educators. Now an international society with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Delta Kappa has more than 1800 chapters in the United States, Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Ontario Alpha, Windsor, was the first chapter from outside the United States and received its charter in Sept. 30, 1957. Other Ontario chapters followed: Beta, 1958, based in Toronto and Gamma, in Windsor, in 1961. By 1964 Delta, Zeta and Epsilon Chapters had been formed. In October 1966 these six chapters met to form a provincial organization, and after becoming a "state" of Alpha Delta Kappa, continued to add chapters. By 1968 Eta, Theta, Iota and Kappa chapters had joined. In 1970-72 affiliation of Ontario chapters with American state chapters was dropped and Ontario was organized into three districts, with chapters reporting to the Provincial President. By 1980 twenty-two chapters had been organized, including two in Manitoba. Membership in Alpha Delta Kappa is by invitation only. To be eligible for membership a woman must be an educator actively engaged in teaching, administration or some other aspect of the teaching profession.

Ambrose, George Robert

  • Person
  • 1896-1978

George Robert Ambrose was a World War I veteran and factory worker who was born in England in 1896. He married Mabel Gladys Mackie of Waterloo and together they had a son. Ambrose was an employee of the tire division at Uniroyal Limited, retiring in 1962 after 42 years. He was a member of Trinity United Church, the Marmo Club, the Rockway Gardens Senior Citizens Club, and served as a director of the advisory council of the Kitchener Senior Citizens Club. Ambrose died May 22, 1978 in Kitchener, Ontario.

Anant, Santokh Singh

  • Person
  • 1932-1982

Santokh Singh Anant was an Indian-born psychologist who worked in Indian, Canada and the United States. He was born April 26, 1932 in Amritsar, India where he studied at Punjab University before obtaining his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1963. In 1964 he moved from India to Kitchener, Ontario, where he worked as at the University of Waterloo as an adjunct professor in psychology and as a consultant for the board of the local high schools. Before arriving in Ontario, Anant was professor and head of psychology at Agra College in India. He jointed the University of Lethbridge in 1966 as a psychology professor specializing in personality, social and clinical psychology. Anant was working as a psychologist at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections at the time of his death. He died on July 19, 1982 in Denison, Texas.

Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett

  • Person
  • 1836-1917

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a British suffragist and women's rights pioneer. The first woman to become a doctor in England, she was also co-founded the first hospital run by women, was the first female Dean of a British medical school, the first woman elected to a British school board, and finally, the first British female mayor.

Anglin, Francis Alexander

  • Person
  • 1865-1933

Francis Alexander Anglin was born April 2, 1865 in Saint John, New Brunswick to Timothy Warren Anglin and Ellen McTavish. He became a lawyer and practised in Toronto, Ontario. On June 29, 1892, he married Harriet Isabel Fraser. He became the seventh Chief Justice of Canada on September 16, 1924, and served on the Supreme Court for 24 years. He died on March 2, 1933.

Annapolis County

  • Corporate body

Annapolis County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia located in the western part of the province on the Bay of Fundy. The county seat is Annapolis Royal. Established August 17, 1759 by Order in Council, Annapolis County took its name from the town of Annapolis Royal which had been named in honour of Anne, Queen of Great Britain. It was near the previous site of Port Royal, the chief Acadian settlement in the area. The Acadians had been forcibly removed by British government officials in the 1755 Grand Dérangement.

Anthes, Catharine

  • Person
  • 1814-1894

Catharine Schmitt was born March 25, 1814 in Alsace, France, and married Martin Anthes, December 25, 1835. The couple had five children: Samuel (died in infancy), Jacob, Salome Sarah; John Schmitt and Henry William. She died November 24, 1894 and was interred at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Clarissa Lovina

  • Person
  • 1871-1893

Clarissa Lovina Anthes was born October 30, 1871in Ellice Township, Perth County, Ontario to parents Jacob Anthes and Magdalena Stricker. Clarissa died September 1, 1893 at age 21 of typhoid fever, and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Cyrena Hoffman

  • Person
  • 1877-1945

Cyrena Hoffman Simonds was born June 15, 1877 in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario, daughter of Leonard Wells Simonds and Rosette Harriet Johnson. She married John Isaac Franklin Anthes November 10, 1897 and the couple had five children: Olive Cyrena; Edith Louise; Leonard John; Henry Herbert and Norman Franklin. Cyrena died September 15, 1945 in Toronto and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Emma Caroline

  • Person
  • 1873-1961

Emma "Emmie" Caroline Anthes was a stenographer and typist born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario November 23, 1873 to parents Jacob Anthes and Magdalena Stricker. She worked for Mutual Life Assurance for 35 years, retiring in 1933, and was a member of the Church of the Good Sheppherd. Emma built and owned a cottage at Freeport surrounded by birch trees where she enjoyed bird watching and had a dog named Peter Pan. She died January 28, 1961 and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Anthes, Henry Herbert

  • Person
  • 1908-1984

Henry Herbert Anthes was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario on September 5, 1908. He was the son of John Isaac Franklin Anthes and Cyrena Harriet Simmonds. The 1921 census has the family living in Montréal, Quebec. According to Henry's United States Second World War draft registration card, he was living in Sausalito, California and working for Proctor & Gamble in April of 1945. He became a US citizen in 1949 at which time he was living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Henry died in September of 1984 in Ohio and was buried at the Anthes family in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Henry William

  • Person
  • 1851-1914

Henry William "Harry" Anthes was a businessman and the founder of Anthes Foundry, Ltd. He was born in 1851 in Wilmot Township, Ontario to German parents from what was then the region of Alsace-Lorraine. Anthes married Elizabeth (Libbie) Lawrence and the couple had three children: Lawrence Lee "Laurie", Irene, and Elizabeth F. (Libbie). His career in the hardware business started in Toronto, where he worked with Rice Lewis and Son, and later manager of John Foster and Sons. Anthes moved to Berlin (now Kitchener) in 1880, where in 1883 he was a councillor for Waterloo township and in 1886 was 2nd Deputy Reeve for Waterloo township, and a Councillor for Waterloo County. Anthes returned to Toronto in 1889 where, along with E. W. B. Snider of St. Jacob's, he established Toronto Foundry Co., Ltd. The company was later renamed Anthes Foundry, Ltd., with plants in Toronto and Winnipeg. Anthes died August 15, 1914 in Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Ontario and was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

Anthes, Jacob

  • Person
  • 1836-1874

Jacob Anthes, the son of Martin Anthes and Catharine Schmitt, was born March 25, 1836 in Kitchener, Ontario. Jacob married Magdalena Stricker circa 1857 and the couple had six children: Sarah Anna, Mary Elizabeth, Martin Franklin, Catharine A., Martha Magdalena, Clarissa Lovina and Emma Caroline.

The 1861 census lists Jacob as a farmer, religion as Methodist, located on land close to his father's in Wilmot township. In 1867 Jacob moved his family to Carrick Township, near Mildmay, Ontario where Jacob preached for the Evangelical Association. He had a local congregation but also rode far and wide across the countryside to preach to widely scattered congregations. He and his family moved again in 1868 to Port Elgin where Jacob helped to build the Evangelical Association Church. By 1871, Jacob's occupation in the census was listed as "preacher" and his religion as "Evangelical Association." Jacob and his family relocated to Kitchener in 1873 where he served as pastor of Zion Evangelical Church. He died unexpectedly in 1874 at the age of only 38 of what is described as "brain fever."

Anthes, John Isaac Franklin

  • Person
  • 1870-1933

John Isaac Franklin "Frank" Anthes was born October 16, 1870 in Berlin (later Kitchener), Ontario to John Schmitt Anthes and Lydia Catherine Anthes. Following graduation from high school, Anthes worked in the furniture business with his father. In 1900, he was appointed assistant manager of Canadian Furniture Manufacturers, the former Burr Bros., in Guelph, Ontario and later Wiarton, Ontario. He worked in the local rubber industry from 1906 to 1916, representing the Canadian Consolidated Rubber Co. during the building of the Dominion Tire Factory. In 1915 he was appointed vice-president of the company's Montreal head office, service as the general purchasing supervisor from 1917 to 1919 before leaving the company to start his own business. He married Cyrena H. Simonds on November 10, 1897 and together they had five children. He died in 1933 and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, John Schmitt

  • Person
  • 1844-1915

John Schmitt Anthes was a businessman and teacher born November 8, 1844 in Wilmot township, Waterloo Region to parents Martin Anthes and Catharine Schmidt, both born in France. John Anthes worked as a teacher before coming to Berlin (later Kitchener) in 1865, where he worked as an accountant and salesman at the Breithaupt Tannery. In 1884 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 established the Anthes Furniture Company. Outside of business operations, Anthes was an active member of municipal affairs and was first elected as a city councillor in 1886. He went on to serve as depurty-reeve in 1887, 1891, 1897 and 1907, and was the a member of the first Berlin Water Commission. Anthes was also an member of the Zion Evangelical Church, serving in a number of executive roles. He married Lydia Catherine Herlan on June 27, 1867. Together they had seven children: Caroline Catharine "Carrie"; Frank; John Isaac Franklin "Frank"; Sarah Magdalena, who died in infancy; Lydia Louisa "Louisa", Martha Melvina; Ella Elmina; and Alvin Burton Charles, who also died in infancy. Anthes died on April 13, 1915, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Lawrence Lee

  • Person
  • 1876-1954

Lawrence Lee "Laurie" Anthes was a businessman and World War I veteran born November 26, 1876 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Henry William Anthes and Elizabeth Lawrence. He began working at his father's company, Anthes Foundry, Ltd. in 1894, becoming secretary-treasurer in 1914 and president in 1932. He served as president of the Canadian Manufacturers Association and at the time of his death was the only Canadian to have served as president of the American Foundrymens' association. During WWI he commanded the 2nd Field Company of Canadian Engineers. He was a member of the Engineers' Club of Toronto, the Military Institute, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and various country and golf clubs in Winnipeg and Ottawa. Anthes married to Martha Jane McLean (1889-1916) and together they had a daughter, Jane McLean Anthes. He died November 21, 1954 and is buried with Martha Jane in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

Anthes, Leonard John

  • Person
  • 1903-?

Leonard John Anthes was born November 1, 1903 in Wiarton, Ontario to John Isaac Franklin Anthes and Cyrena Hoffman Simonds. Based on 1953 Canadian voting records, a Leonard J. Anthes and Doris M. Anthes lived at the same address in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Death date is unknown.

Anthes, Lydia Catherine

  • Person
  • 1849-1935

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"; Sarah Magdalena, who died in infancy; Lydia Louisa "Louisa", Martha Melvina; Ella Elmina; and Alvin Burton Charles, who also died in infancy. Lydia died February 22, 1936 and was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Magdalena Stricker

  • Person
  • 1840-1914

Magdalena Stricker was born March 30, 1840 in Ontario to parents Matthias Stricker and Elisabetha Bauman. She married Jacob Anthes of Wilmot Township, Ontario (date unknown) and the couple had six children: Sarah Anna; Mary Elizabeth; Martin Franklin; Catharine A.; Clarissa Lovina; Emma Caroline. Magdalena died May 20, 1914 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Martha Jane

  • Person
  • 1889-1916

Martha Jane McLean was born October 17, 1889 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to parents Edward McLean and Claudia T. Womer. She married Lawrence Lee Anthes on December 3, 1914 in Westchester, New York and the couple lived in Toronto. Martha Jane died June 2, 1916, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. They had a daughter, Jane McLean Anthes born May 24, 1916.

Anthes, Martin

  • Person
  • 1812-1891

Martin Anthes was born November 16, 1812 in Alsace, France to parents Michael Anthes and Salomea Andres. He married Catharine Schmitt December 25, 1835 and the couple had seven children: Samuel (died as an infant), Jacob, Salome Sarah, John Schmitt, Henry William and Catherine. The family emigrated to Canada from Germany around 1827. Martin died April 10, 1891 and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Martin Franklin

  • Person
  • 1862-1924

Martin Franklin Anthes was born May 23, 1862 to parents Jacob Anthes and Magdalena Stricker. He married Susan Margaret Hammond of St. John, New Brunswick, July 25, 1895 at Presbyterian Côte-des-neiges, Montreal. A son, Leopold Hammond, was born July 7, 1896 in St. John. In 1901 the family were living in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario. They later moved to the Montreal area where Martin died January 31, 1924. He was buried in Cimetière Mont-Royal, Montreal, where Susan was also buried him following her death on June 5, 1938.

Anthes, Norman Franklin

  • Person
  • 1910-1915

Norman Franklin Anthes was born May 7, 1910 to John Isaac Franklin Anthes and Cyrena Harriet Simmonds of Berlin (later Kitchener). He died October 16, 1915 after being struck by a vehicle. He was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.

Anthes, Olive Cyrena

  • Person
  • 1900-?

Olive Cyrena Anthes was born in Berlin (later Kitchener) Ontario on February 3, 1900, daughter of John Isaac Franklin Anthes and Cyrena Hoffman Simonds. On June 3, 1939 she married John Beauchamp Bagnell De Montmorency Harvey (b. November 8, 1892 in London, Ontario). She was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, but her death date is unknown.

Anthes, Theobald

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  • 1814-?

Theobald Anthes was born in March 19, 1814 to parents Michael Anthes and Salomea Andres in the Alsace region of France. He had older siblings Michael and Martin. Martin and wife Catharine Schmitt emigrated to Canada and settled in the Wilmot township area of Waterloo region. Theobald was married to Barbara Rott June 26, 1835 and lived in the Oberseebach region of Alsace.

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario : North Waterloo Region Branch

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The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario was established in 1933 and since that time has worked actively to preserve Ontario's architectural and environmental heritage. The North Waterloo Region Branch was established in 1980 and covers the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as the townships of Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.

Argo, Ann

  • Person
  • 1823-1896

Ann Argo was born in 1823 in Scotland and married James Argo; together they had nine children. They farmed in Eramosa, Wellington County, Ontario. She died June 29, 1896.

Ariaratnam, S. T. (Sinnathamby Thambithurai)

  • Person
  • 1933 -

Sinnathamby Thambithurai Ariaratnam is an engineer who was born in Chavakacheri, Sri Lanka on September 2, 1933. He graduated from the University of Ceylon with a B.Sc. in engineer in 1953, before obtaining a B.Sc. (1955) and M.Sc. (1956) at the University of London. In 1960 Ariaratnam completed a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Birmingham, before accepting a research association position (1961-1962) at the Brown University. He was named an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1962, becoming a Professor in 1962. Ariaratnam is recognized for his work in the field of random vibration and his contributions to research regarding stochastic modelling and nonlinear dynamics.


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