File 164 - Photograph Album #8.

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Photograph Album #8.

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274 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 10 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. Includes a list describing each photograph created by rych mills. Some of the photographs are hand-tinted. One photograph appears to be missing. Identified photographs include:

Snapshots of scenery taken in Alberta and British Columbia, including mountains, buffalo, Jean Beddome, 1911.

Snapshots taken at Rockwood, 1918, "at Pomeroy's, Bridgeport," Port Dover, visits to the White family, Orrville, Aug. 14-26, 1922 and 1924 (May and Ed , Mr. and Mrs. Lye, Harry and Eddie, Faith, Edna, Ada, sleeping camp, Eddie Malkin)
"Bridgeport car": snapshot of Florence Schantz, Joe Fries, Motorman, and Jean Beddome, 1918 (p. 8).

"Hilborn Family Reunion, 9 brothers", July 1, 1922: Isaac, Amos, Aaron, Emanuel, David, Joseph, Jesse, Jacob, Edwin.

"3 cousins": Priscilla Nash, Mary Nash Moyer Schantz, Rebecca Nash Sweitzer, July 29, 1919.

Family and friends identified include the immediate Schantz family (Franklin Abram Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, Sophie Emma Schantz, Mary Schantz, Dorothy Etta Russell, Tobias Schantz, Austin Tobias Schantz, Orpheus Moyer Schantz) J.B. and Mrs. Pomeroy, Eva Pomeroy, Lloyd Pomeroy, Nelda Dreier, Geraldine Murphy, Mrs. E.H. Schiedel, Nellie and Elmer Schiedel, Ruth Schantz Spelman with baby Margery, Bridgeman family members, Inez Martin, Grace Longworth, Verna Fraser, Helen Lockie, Jean Fitzgerald, Clarke Russell, Ward Malott White, Mr. and Mrs Alfred Snyder, Spelman family, Pearl Clemens, Mary Wismer, Grace Kolb, Eva Kolb, Mrs. Oliver Kolb.

Locations and structures include: C.C. Holtzman home, Hagerstown, Maryland; home of Mrs. Faith Gribble McArthur, Victoria B.C., 1922; St. Mary's Hospital (p. 55), Victoria Park, flooding on David St. [?] (p. 70), views of Grand River from Cressman's Woods, farm pictures taken at Evesham, Saskatchewan.

Activities include: snowshoeing in Victoria Park, Jan., 1924, Ice Carnival in Victoria Park, Jan. 1925 (p. 55), Schantz and Euler houses, Conestogo, Oct. 1926 (p. 84).

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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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