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Photograph Album #6.
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[188-], [191-]-1930 (Creation)
- Schantz Russell Family
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206 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
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The Schantz Family in North America is large and widespread; alternative spellings of the last name includes variations such as Tschantz, Shantz, Shonts, and Schanz.
The family descended from Jacob Schanz (June 12, 1710-February 5, 1781) who emigrated to the United States of America in 1737 and settled in Pennsylvania. In 1810 Jacob’s son Christian Shantz (July 11, 1769-April 7, 1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (September 2, 1811-November 9, 1868) was an early Waterloo County inhabitant and one of the founders of Port Elgin, Ontario where he settled in 1854 and established a grist and flour mill. Benjamin married Lydia Kolb (May 13, 1814-November 9, 1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (December 5, 1834-August 3, 1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (April 10, 1842-April 16, 1925), Abraham K. Schantz (September 20, 1844-?), Benjamin K. Schantz (December 5, 1846), Menno K. Schantz (January 31, 1849-July 6, 1888), Lydia K. Schantz (August 17, 1851-July 16, 1900), Sarah K. Schantz (April 1, 1854-April 10, 1878), and Enoch K. Schantz (October 7, 1856-May 25, 1888).
When Lydia died in 1862, Benjamin remarried his housekeeper, Margaret Swinton. Benjamin and Margaret left Port Elgin, Ontario and settled in Dallas County, Missouri. Correspondence in the collection between Benjamin and his son Tobias recount Benjamin’s settler experiences in Dallas County, Missouri.
The Schantz Russell Family Papers centre around Tobias Schantz, his wife Mary Schantz and their descendants, drawing together primary sources relating to several early pioneering families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer pioneers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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One photograph album. Includes a list describing each photograph created by rych mills.
Consists primarily of snapshots belonging to Dorothy Etta Russell (nee White), before and after her marriage to Clarke Russell. Includes one formal portrait of "The Nash sisters": Mary, Susie, Elizabeth, Debbie, Priscilla, ca. 1880's (p. 1).
Family members and friends included in posed and informal snapshots include Mary Moyer Schantz, Tobias Schantz, Austin Tobias Schantz, Ward Malott White, Franklin Abram Schantz, Orpheus Moyer Schantz, Dorothy Etta Russell, Clarke Russell, Sophie Emma Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Russell, Eva Kolb, Worth Flagler Schantz, Emily Schantz, Verna Fraser, Helen Lockie, Inez Martin, Mrs. E.H. Schiedel, her son Elmer Schiedel and daughter-in-law Nellie, Mrs. Elizabeth George.
Also includes snapshots of groups of individuals (identified on the packs of tipped-in snapshots) taken during the 1930 Schantz family reunion: Detwiler, Schiedel, Snyder, Bingeman family members, Phranie Bingeman, Mr. Yocum, and during the Hilborn Reunion, July 1-9, [192-?].
Also includes snapshots of White family members and homes: Ward Malott White on his visit to Dundas, Leamington and Kitchener from Chilliwack, B.C., Ada, Edna, Ruth, May and Elmer White, Malcon, Mr. and Mrs Lye, Maple lake and Orrville [Parry Sound area], White house in Orrville, horses in lake at Orrville, people swimming.
Locations and structures include Kitchener Cenotaph (p. 9), "Dr. Hilliard's garden" (p. 13), log schoolhouse, Waterloo Park (p. 17), Pioneer Tower, (p. 30), Schantz House, Conestogo (p. 34), Euler House (p. 34) [both of these are of old structures in disrepair], Bridge across river at Conestogo and Grand River at Conestogo (p. 43), Grand River in flood (p. 65-66).
Snapshots taken after Dorothy and Clarke's marriage include: White family gravestones in Leamington, Ont., Clarke Russell in uniform on his motorcycle, Lake Erie [swimming], Tecumseh Park, Chatham, Dorothy playing the ukelele and the Hawaiian guitar.
Victoria Park snapshots: statue of Queen Victoria, winter views, Dorothy paddling a canoe, the new Victoria Park Pavilion, glue factory ruins[?], Dorothy and two friends with snowshoes and in britches, visit of Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and daughters Lady Blanch and Dorothy Cavendish at Victoria Park, June 13, 1918 [snapshot of platform, no dignitaries?] (p. 64).
F.W. Woolworth Co. picnic: includes Mr. Emil Wagner, manager, and family, employee group portrait, Gertie Kruse, Marjorie Blin[?]kho.
P. 81: Inez Martin.
P. 91 Sophie and Mrs. Lye knitting (on beach).
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2003.
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- Russell, Dorothy Etta (Subject)
- Russell, Flemming Clarke (Subject)
- Schantz, Mary (Subject)
- Schantz, Tobias Kolb (Subject)
- Schantz, Austin Tobias (Subject)
- Schantz, Worth Flagler (Subject)
- Schantz, Franklin Abram (Subject)
- Schantz, Orpheus Moyer (Subject)
- Schantz, Sophie Emma (Subject)
- Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine (Subject)
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Described in 2003.
Revised by NM in January 2019.
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