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Ratz family fonds : 2017 accrual.
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- Ratz Family
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- 26 cm of textual records
- 204 photographs : b&w, some col. ; 15 x 62 cm
- 3 artifacts
- 14 blueprints
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The Ratz family was a prominent Mennonite family hailing from the Kitchener Waterloo area. John Ratz was the first of the family to be born in Canada. He purchased a farm in Elmira in 1855 and was eventually elected the first Reeve of Elmira in 1887. John Ratz was a miller and owner of the Ratz Brothers Company as well as having a large amount of real-estate in the Elmira area. John Ratz had 10 children including George Ratz who was married to Clara Dunke in 1863 and had 6 children. One of these children, Elmer Ratz, was the executor to the estates of John, Clara, and George. Elmer was also brother to Herbert Ratz.
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Records related to the Ratz family, principally created or accumulated by Herbert Ratz, documenting the personal and professional lives of various Ratz family members. Records include correspondence, press clippings, genealogy research, legal documents, ephemera, academic publications, presentations and related administrative papers. The fonds also contains graphic material including photographs, technical drawings, and artifacts.
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Donated in 2017 by Herbert Ratz.
Arranged in series as follows:
1. Ratz family history and genealogy.
2. Ratz family estate papers.
3. Ratz, Herbert : professional activities.
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Described by NM in May 2018.
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