File 160 - Photograph Album #4 : snapshots 1912, Sophie E. Schantz from Sister Florence.

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Photograph Album #4 : snapshots 1912, Sophie E. Schantz from Sister Florence.

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142 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. Includes a list describing each photograph created by rych mills. Many photographs identified. Identified photographs include:

Schantz family, Berlin and Morton park Schantz's, summer of 1910 (p.1).

Steckles and Schantz family at the Steckle farm, Aug. 1910, (p.2 and 60) including one of two girls sitting on a woodpile knitting.

Elk Lodge, Didsbury, Alberta: Florence Annie Catherine Schantz in 1909, cabin in 1910 (p.3).

Victoria Park: U.B.S.S. picnic, July 1, 1913. (p. 4, larger copy in album 3).

Orpheus M. Schantz: family and home: interior and exterior views of the house, children with dolls, Sophie Emma Schantz: in her kindergarten class in Chicago (p. 8, faded).

Flagler, Lizzie: portrait (p. 10).

Postcards from Metta (p. 15).

Schantz, Arthur Benjamin, informal portrait, 1910 (p. 17).

Victoria Park: deer, Jan. 1911 (p. 22).

River Bank, New Hamburg [house], 1906 (p. 24), wedding party in front (p. 25).

Lake View Farm [house] 1908 (p. 24).

Laschinger, Rebecca (Krampien), New Hamburg, 1906: portrait (p. 25).

Kolb family: snapshots of farm and buildings, portraits, snapshots of horse and milk wagon "Riverside Dairy, [?] Kolb", of train at Breslau (p. 27-29).

Sabina and her new range, Nov. 1910: interior view of woman with stove (p. 30).

Schantz, Arthur Benjamin: horses, 1909 (p. 30).

Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine: postcards of a trip west, July 19 to Aug. 12, 1922 with Jean Beddome and Blanche Swingle and Arthur. Subjects include woman fishing at falls near Kanaskis, Lake Minnewonka, Three Sisters Mountains, camping, scenic views (p. 31-36).

Prince Rupert, B.C., 1912 (p. 36).

Austin Tobias Schantz's angora goats, 1910, Alberta.

Port Elgin, Ont., Aug. 1914: view of the beach, lake and a tower (p. 37 and p. 48).

Schantz family reunion, July 1913: family group portraits which include Levi and Mollie Moyer, Mary Moyer Schantz, Treacy family members, Tobias Schantz (p. 37-39).
Includes identified and unidentified snapshots of family members and friends, including Paul and Viola Snyder, Mabel Martin. Many are duplicates of snapshots in Album #3, also unidentified.

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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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