Schneider, J.M. family

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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.


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Schneider, J.M. (John Metz) (1859-1942)

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Johann Metz was born in Kitchener on February 17, 1859. His father, Johann Christoph Schneider, a farmer; his mother was Anna Elizabeth Metz. John Metz married Helena Ahrens on November 8th, 1883, together they had 5 children; Charles Alexander, Herbert John, Norman Christoph, Fredrick Henry, and Emma Louise. He worked in the button factory as a young man being an employee to Jacob Y. Shantz Company. After getting a cut on his hand, he was unable to work. He was suggested to start making sausages and acted on that suggestion by buying a hog from the market. He started making Schneider’s sausages and together, him and his wife, went house to house selling them. He later went on to form a company that specialized in bacon, ham, grocery products, sausage and specialty meats known as Schneiders Ltd. He passed away a couple days after his 83rd birthday on February 23rd, 1942.

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