File 31 - Schneider, J.M. and Helena, with Charles, Emma and Louise Ahrens at the Mexico-U.S. boundary.

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Schneider, J.M. and Helena, with Charles, Emma and Louise Ahrens at the Mexico-U.S. boundary.

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  • [March 15, 194-?] (Photography)

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1 photograph : sepia toned ; 10 x 9 cm

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The Schneider family were white settlers of what is now Kitchener, Ontario. Members of the family are the descendants of Johann Christoph Schneider, who 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, 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 died in December 20, 1900. He, along with his descendants, played active roles in business, politics, and the cultural and social life of what is today the Region of Waterloo.

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2001 File Transfer Box #11 : Norman C. Schneider Collection Box 1 of 1

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Snapshot of (left to right) Helena Schneider, Emma Ahrens, Charles August Ahrens, J.M. Schneider and Louise Ahrens at the Mexico-U.S. boundary. Charles Ahrens and J.M. Schneider are wearing serapes, sombreros, gunbelts and pistols.

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This item has been cut from a postcard.

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Original description: Box: Norm's Family scrapbook

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Scanned as TIF file November 2020.

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NCS 87:03 :01 Scrapbook p. 56

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Black inscription bottom recto: No1 Mar15

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Blue ink inscription at bottom of verso with last number crossed out in pencil: 1944

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