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Photograph Album #12 : snapshots 1912, Florence A.C. Schantz.
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- Schantz Russell Family
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98 photographs : b&w ; 9 x 14 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 labelled, "Florence c1907-1911, excel. Alberta." Includes:
Snapshots taken at the Orpheus Moyer Schantz home in Morton Park, Ill., Dec. 1910-March 1911.
Snapshot of Ruth Schantz with Dorothy Etta Russell (nee White), May 29, 1900.
Two group portraits with identifications, 1908: possibly Woolworth Co. employee picnics.
Portrait of Rebecca V.L. Krampene (Laschinger), New Hamburg and "A nook at River View, 1906". Also wedding of Beatrice Laschinger in New Hamburg, Jan. 1908 [also in another album, unidentified].
Photographs taken at Arthur Benjamin Schantz's homestead in Alberta in 1908-1912: includes snapshots of Arthur with his dogs, Austin Tobias Schantz, livestock including turkeys, angora goats, hogs, horses, Arthur's homestead shack, Arthur and Florence Annie Catherine Schantz with horses and wagon, interior of homestead shack with Arthur Benjamin Schantz and Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, "Threshing in March 1912" [faded], Reed family, "Prairie fire" [badly faded], Austin Tobias Schantz and homestead shack.
Photographs of places including panorama of Salmon Arm, B.C., Calgary, Alberta.
Portrait: Sophie Emma Schantz, May 4, 1912.
Photographs taken at Lionel Bricker farm [Alberta?], 1910-1912: Menno Bricker with horses, grandchildren Marjory and George, Bricker children posed with fields behind.
Photographs taken of Tuggle family in Alberta, 1912, in fields with stooks, also of "Thanksgiving at Swingles, Oct. 30, 1911."
Photographs taken at Wetaskawin, Saskatchewan: Cousin Bennie Schantz: family in front of "Model Bakery, " fishing.
Portrait taken at High River, Alta., Aug. 1909: Percy Robinson, W.H. Dickinson, Milton Eby, Serena Eby, Ida Dickenson, Lala Hart, Edna Weber, G.A. Frerks.
Photographs taken at Orrville, Ont.: "White children party." [Note: the family surname was White].
Photographs are faded.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2003.
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Described in 2003.
Revised by NM in January 2019.
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