File 159 - Photograph Album #3 : "Frank's Album, 1900-1918."

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Photograph Album #3 : "Frank's Album, 1900-1918."

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140 photographs : b&w ; 13 x 19 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 photographs identified. Identified photographs include:

Schantz home, 43 Schneider Ave., Berlin, Ont.

Group and individual posed portraits of Austin Tobias Schantz, Arthur Benjamin Schantz, Franklin Abram Schantz, Dorothy Etta Russell, Ruth Schantz, Sophie Emma Schantz, Mary Schantz, Worth Flagler Schantz, Tobias Schantz, Carrie, Mrs. Flagler, Orpheus Moyer Schantz, September 1910.

Dec. 1910 at Morton Park, Ill. : good photo of Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, Arthur Benjamin Schantz, Ruth Schantz.

1907: Victoria Park Pavilion, Victoria park.

1910: snapshots taken during visit of Orpheus Moyer Schantz family from Chicago to Berlin: unidentified view of farmhouse and river, probably Kolb farm at Breslau, group including Mr. & Mrs. Jake Kolb, snapshot of farm from across river; snapshots taken at the Steckle farm including a view of the Steckle farmhouse, views of "Henry Steckle's farm, Strasburg", snapshots of farm animals, picking elderberries, etc.

Orpheus Moyer Schantz home in Morton Park, Illinois and Orpheus Moyer Schantz family members. Includes one interior, several of yard.

Portrait of Jacob Kolb (1895-) in uniform.

Freeport: p. 45, includes farmhouse, view of bridge, Jacob Bauman Farm, Freeport 1911 with barns, stone house, Freeport church.

Small prints of horses, dogs, animal sheds on Prairie, possibly taken in Alberta? Also snapshots of mountainous territory with water, bridge over river with logs, horses being driven, large haystacks, homestead, Florence[?] and others eating outside, woman fishing, goats and pigs.

Groups portraits taken at the Schantz Family Reunion, 1913.

Rockwood, Ont., 1915: groups and scenic snapshots.

Unidentified farmhouse, family groups. These include Tobias Schantz.

Arthur Benjamin Schantz or Austin Tobias Schantz on horseback camp cooking.

Elora, Ont.: snapshots of groups, at mill, bridge, flowerpot island.

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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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