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Photograph Album #5 : snapshots 1912 : Dorothy E. White from Aunt [Florence?].
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- Schantz Russell Family
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239 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 17 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 duplicates of items in previous albums. Many photographs are unidentified. Identified photographs include:
Snapshots of Elora, Rockwood (May 24 and Aug., 1916), Victoria Park, the Schantz reunion in 1913, Arthur Benjamin Schantz's homestead in Alberta, Schantz home, Schneider Ave, Kitchener, Ont., Schantz family portraits and snapshots which include Arthur Benjamin Schantz, Austin Tobias Schantz and Herbert Cecil Palmer Schantz, Orpheus Moyer Schantz home and family in Morton Park, Illinois, Levi Moyer.
Port Elgin snapshots include people swimming, walking on the beach, and snapshots taken on the reserve of the courthouse, jail, church and school Masset, B.C. : totem pole, 1911 (p. 2).
Schantz, Austin Tobias: hogs, 1912 (p. 2).
Steckle farm: Dorothy Etta Russell and Worth Flagler Schantz with dog, 1910, (p. 8). Also "At Henry Steckle's farm", 1916: group shot of Edna Steckle, Florence Annie Catherine Schantz, Sophie Emma Schantz, Aunt Carrie (Cornelia Caroline Schantz). Includes a shot which shows the whole front of the house, with chairs and hammock on porch (p. 74).
Old "Jacob Bowman" farm, Freeport, Ont., 1911 (p. 9).
Gofton, Mrs. and Ella Gofton (p. 17).
Christian and Josiah Schantz (p. 19).
Kolb family: turkey, Oliver and Grace (p. 19).
Snyder, William : "drawing room at William Snyder's, Waterloo" [ornate interior] and Elsie Snyder in Park, Waterloo, Ont. (p. 27).
Grand River: women and children wading "behind Kolb farm", Aug. 1914 (p. 31).
Bowers cottage, Port Elgin (p. 53).
Victoria Park Pavilion fire, 1916 (p. 56-57).
Bridgeport Casino, 1916: Junior Endeavour picnic (p. 58-59).
Victoria school class picture, 1916: teacher, Mr. S. H. Suter (p. 69).
Camp at Carling Heights, London, 1916 [military] (p. 69).
Album pages are in poor and fragile condition, with tearing repaired and reinforced by adhesive tape throughout.
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Donated by Harold and Lynne Russell in 2003.
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Scanned as TIF files 2018.
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- Schantz, Arthur Benjamin (Subject)
- Schantz, Austin Tobias (Subject)
- Schantz, Sophie Emma (Subject)
- Schantz, Cornelia Caroline (Subject)
- Schantz, Orpheus Moyer (Subject)
- Schantz, Florence Annie Catherine (Subject)
- Schantz, Herbert Cecil Palmer (Subject)
- Russell, Dorothy Etta (Subject)
- Schantz, Worth Flagler (Subject)
- Moyer, Levi Nash (Subject)
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Described in 2003.
Revised by NM in January 2019.
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