File 87 - Kaufman, Emma : photograph album from Matsunoya cottage on Drag Lake, Haliburton, Ontario.

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Kaufman, Emma : photograph album from Matsunoya cottage on Drag Lake, Haliburton, Ontario.

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168 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller

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Jacob and Mary Kaufman were prominent citizens of Kitchener, Ontario from the late 19th century to WWII. Jacob Kaufman and Mary Ratz married in 1877. Jacob began his career in the lumber industry but switched to rubber, forming the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1908. Jacob and Mary Kaufman were active in civic and community life, supporting causes such as The Children’s Aid Society, the Kitchener-Waterloo Orphanage, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the YMCA, the YWCA and the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. Together they had four children: Emma Ratz, Alvin Ratz, Milton Ratz, and Edna Louise.

Emma Kaufman dedicated her life to the Young Women’s Christian Association, serving for thirty years in Japan and Canada. The Emperor of Japan presented her with a memorial cup in 1965, the 60th Anniversary of the YWCA in Japan, and in the same year she received an International Cooperation Year medal presented by Cardinal Leger in Montreal.

Alvin (“A.R.”) Kaufman ran the rubber company started by his father and became well known as a local philanthropist, supporting many of the same causes as had his parents. He is primarily remembered for his activities in support of the YMCA, YWCA and of family planning and birth control.

Edna Kaufman married Albert William Augustine (1890-1972) Aug. 22, 1918. They had three children, Albert Jacob (1923-1990), John Ross (1927- ), and Mary Caroline (1931- ).

Mary Caroline Augustine married James Milton Ham (1920-1997), who was President of the University of Toronto from 1978-1983.

Albert Benjamin Augustine, a school teacher from Racine, Wisconsin, marred Caroline Margaret Barbara Breithaupt in Berlin, Ontario on August 3, 1887. Together they lived in Racine and had three children: Albert Augustine, Laurine Catherine and Grace Melvina Louise. Following Albert Benjamin's death in 1909, the family moved to Berlin. Albert became an industrialist, Laurine taught at what would become the Kitchener Vocational Institute and Grace pursued a career in academia after obtaining a PhD at Columbia University.

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Photograph album containing snapshots taken at Emma Kaufman's cottage in Haliburton, Ontario between 1942-1968. Inserted in the album is a hand-made "newsletter" by Patty Augustine concerning activities at the cottage in the summer of 1965. Identifications appear throughout and include:

  • Charlotte Adams
  • Mateo Ando
  • Mrs. Aspinwall
  • Albert William Augustine
  • Barbie Augustine
  • Edna Augustine
  • Keith Augustine
  • Patty-Anne Augustine
  • Gerhard A. Baum
  • Elinor Black
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cary
  • Connie Chappell
  • Stella Cheng
  • David Chu
  • Grace Chu
  • Samuel Chu
  • Dorothy Cleveland
  • Bruce Coates
  • Donald Coates
  • Donna Coates
  • Ella Cook
  • Milton Cook
  • Mrs. Hans de Does
  • Dr. and Mrs. Duncan
  • Mary Dingman
  • Evelyn Fox
  • Ella Grott
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kau
  • Reiko Kawano
  • Taye Shidachi Kiachi
  • P. Haga
  • Michiko Hasegawa
  • Phyllis Haslam
  • Yoshio Hikida
  • Eleanor Hinder
  • Jean Hutchinson
  • Hide Hyodo
  • Arthur Jorgensen
  • Lona Jorgensen
  • Julia Matouskova
  • Aiko Murakami
  • Michael Murakami
  • Ian Paisley
  • Mae Paisley
  • Marnie Paisley
  • Pennie Paisley
  • Kay Phelps
  • Mary Phelps
  • Sidney Phelps
  • Ward Phelps
  • Florence Rawlinson
  • Anna Rice
  • Eric Roeder
  • Lucille Roeder
  • Sanda Roeder
  • Winnifred Ross
  • Gertrude Rutherford
  • Luella Ruterhford
  • Sumi Sasaki
  • Chizuko Shimano
  • Tsune Shirai
  • Ryrie Smith
  • Sachi Takimoto
  • W. Thomas
  • Yuriko Toriumi
  • Ernest Trueman
  • Louise Trueman
  • Ruth F. Woodsmall
  • Hiro Yamanaka
  • Margaret Yamanaka
  • Masako Yamanaka
  • Mr. and Mrs. Young

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Donated by Mary Ham in 2001.


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  • English

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Described in 2002.
Revised by NM in July 2019.

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  • English

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