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Photograph Album #13
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- Schantz Russell Family
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226 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 (1769-1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (1811-1868) 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 (1814-1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (1834-1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (1842-1925), 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 white settler families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer settlers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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One photograph album labelled, "Schantz Family, Steckles, 1913-1918." Includes:
Portrait: Herbert Cecil Palmer Schantz and Arthur Benjamin Schantz, 1899.
Portraits: Schantz family, Jan. 1911, family portraits with Alta and Mr. Martin, Mrs Scheidel, Jessie Thompson, "Edmonton Schantz's."
Portrait: Lizzie Snyder Schantz family [children], identified.
Steckle Farm: "On the road to Steckles", 1910, Henry Steckle, with Orpheus Moyer Schantz and Worth Flagler Schantz in horse-drawn wagon, 1910, family group posed on steps.
Jacob Kolb farm: view of farm from across the Grand River.
Oliver Kolb house, Breslau, 1911: winter scene.
Jacob Kolb farm: group of women on river bank "ready for wading in Grand River", also includes snapshot of them wading, 1914. Includes identifications.
Schantz home, 43 Schneider Ave, Berlin, Ont., Jan. 1911.
Schantz reunion, June, 1913: group portraits.
Photographs taken on Florence's trip in western Canada with Austin Tobias Schantz, Jean Beddome, Blanche Singleton, 1911 [deteriorated and discoloured]. Includes scenes near Banff, camping near Canmore, Lake Minnewonka, "The Louis Ranch" near Cochrane, Alberta, also horses being driven across creek.
Photographs taken at Arthur Benjamin Schantz's homestead, "Elk Lodge."
Harry Bricker's homestead and family, Harmatton, Alberta.
U.B.C.S.S. : group portraits at picnic, 1913.
Snapshots taken at Rockwood, July, 1915, 1916 (includes Mabel Dunham).
Snapshots taken at Puslinch lake, 1890's.
Holtzman home, Hagenstown, Maryland.
Snapshots taken at the United Brethren Conference at Kitchener in May 10-17, 1917. Includes many identifications.
Snapshots taken at Port Elgin, 1916.
Snapshots taken at Elora, Aug. 2, 1915.
Snapshots taken during visit of Levi Moyer in 1918 Waterloo Park, Cressman's Woods, King St., Kitchener, family members.
Snapshots taken at Victoria Park: deer, Earl Reis, 1914.
Group portrait: Snyders, Schantz, Georges, 1913.
Snapshots taken at Jordan, Ontario, 1904: "Cousin Sam Fry's home." Includes snapshot of the house, group in sleigh: Sam Fry, Mrs. Fry, her mother Annie, Aunt Molly, Great Aunt Annie Fry.
Photographs of May Gribble White's home and family, 1916, Orrville, Ont. Includes view of house and family on the porch, interior views of a decorated Christmas, shots of the children, and "Mrs. Gribble's tombstone."
Includes two postcards: "Presenting of colours, 118th Kitchener Battalion, Sept. 11, 1916" and "London: camp, Carling Heights, 1916."
Two snapshots taken at Cochrane, Ont. : "After fire, Cochrane, Ont., 1916" and "French family, Cochrane."
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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