File 163 - Photograph Album #7 : Dorothy White from V.S. and P.S., April 26, 1917.

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Photograph Album #7 : Dorothy White from V.S. and P.S., April 26, 1917.

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204 photographs : b&w ; 14 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.

Snapshots of family, friends and scenic views taken at Rockwood and Port Elgin, in 1916, 1918, British Columbia, Niagara Falls, Paradise lake, Cressman's Woods, "at Pomeroy's, Bridgeport." Individuals identified include Ruth Schantz and Walter Spelman, Margery Spelman, "Edmonton Cousins", 1917, Edna and Stella [?], Elsie N., Cleveland Ohio, Worth Flagler Schantz, Viola Snyder and Dorothy Schantz [with hair down], Levi Moyer, Eva and Lloyd Pomeroy, Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy at the O.A.C., Guelph, 1918, Julia Arnew, Gladys Snider, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Schiedel, Lillian Snider, Annie Kuntz, Barbara Livingston.

Some photographs feature activities such as boiling soap and knitting, playing croquet.

United Brethren Conference at Kitchener in May 1917 (p. 2-5). Snapshots of this occasion are present in previous albums but are unidentified, except for the Alma St. Church sign.

Victoria park and David St./Schneider Ave: winter scenes including people on skis and snowshoes.

Schoolmates, teachers and school activities: Field day at K.C. I., 1917 : Miss Boyd, Miss Jones, Miss De Guerre, Miss Barber [all outdoors at field day], Eileen Clark, Alma Rieder, high jump.

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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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Described in 2003.
Revised by NM in January 2019.

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