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Schneider family collection : accrual 2003
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- Schneider, J.M. family
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1 m of textual records
4 audio cassettes
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Johann Christoph Schneider was born in Germany, in Unteröwisheim, Baden, on August 27, 1831. His father, a farmer, was also Johann Christoph Schneider; his mother was Margarethe Elizabeth Zoller. He left Germany in 1847 when he was sixteen years old and settled in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, where a substantial German settlement already
existed. He worked as a carpenter and later as a mechanic, and by 1858 was a building contractor. He married Anna Elizabeth Metz on April 26, 1857. They had seven children, of
whom John Metz Schneider, founder of the meat packing firm later known as the Schneider Corp., was the first.
Johann Christoph Schneider contributed to the physical growth of Berlin as a builder, helping construct buildings such as the Waterloo County Court House and the Breithaupt
tanneries. In 1860 he purchased a 100-acre farm in what is now the Victoria/Lawrence St. area of Kitchener, cleared the land and spent the next thirty-seven years as a farmer. He was a founding member of the Church of the New Jerusalem, a Swedenborgian congregation. In politics he was “a staunch supporter of Reform principles.” (Obituary) He died in 1900.
The descendants of Johann Christoph Schneider played active roles in business, politics, the cultural and social life of the area from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Scope and content
Accrual consists of material relating to descendants of Johann Christoph and Anna Elizabeth Schneider, their families, friends and activities. It also contains genealogical information about the Schneider and Ahrens families. Includes clippings, correspondence, audio cassettes, photographs, etc.
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Donated by the Schneider family in 2003.
Arrangement follows original accession; not all series numbers are present.
Arranged in series as follows:
1. Ahrens family.
5. Schneider Charles A. (Charles Alexander), 1884-1945
6. Schneider Family Genealogy
7. Schneider, Johann Christoph, 1831-1900
8. Schneider, Frederick H. (Frederick Henry), 1890-1967
10. Schneider, Herbert John, 1886-1905
13. Schneider, J.M. (John Metz), 1859-1942
14.01. Schneider, Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : Personal
14.02. Schneider, Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : General
14.05a. Schneider, Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : Political Career
14.07. Schneider Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : Photographs
14.07b. Schneider Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : Portraits
14.10. Schneider Norman C. (Norman Christoph), 1888-1985 : Sound Recordings
15. Siegner, Emma Louise, 1894-1994
18. Schneider, Ethel Lapsley, 1894-1988
19. Schneider, Anna Elizabeth Metz, 1832-1904
20. White, Catherine Schneider, 1860-1938
21. Gofton, Elizabeth Schneider, 1862-1894
22. Schneider, Heinrich Metz, 1865-1951
23. Schneider, Wilhelm Christoph, 1867-1952
24. Alles, Maria Anna Schneider, 1872-1948
25. Schneider, Albert Carl, 1877-1920
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Includes: 276 photographs, 18 negatives, and 4 audio cassettes.
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Fonds and series level records added by M. Lauzon 2019-07-15
Original series numbering altered to conform to the original accession ML 2020-07-22. Physical files remain in their original series.
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