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Scrapbook and photograph album.
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- Schmidt, Carl B.
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186 photographs : col. ; 24 x 19 cm or smaller
150 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned and some hand coloured ; 31 x 22 cm or smaller
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Carl Balzer "Cully" Schmidt was a journalist and the editor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Schmidt was born in Waterloo (Ontario) on March 9, 1911, the third of four children to Lydia Catherine Burghardt and Carl Heinrich Eckhardt (“Charles Henry Edward”) Schmidt. On October 7, 1936, Schmidt married Margaret Elizabeth Lockhart. The couple had two children: Margaret Jane and John Alexander.
Schmidt began working as a paper carrier for the Kitchener-Waterloo Record as a boy and started writing as a journalist at the age of 17. He went on to move through various roles in the editorial department before being named editor-in-chief of the newspaper in 1968, at the age of 56. Nicknamed the "Iron Duke," Schmidt held the role until his retirement in 1975.
During his youth, Schmidt served as a player and team representative in the Ontario Hockey Association and the Ontario Rugby Football League, curling player and controlling body of the Kitchener-Waterloo Granite Club, and president of the Athletic Association of Kitchener and Waterloo. Schmidt was also president of the Kitchener Musical Society, the operating body of the Kitchener Concert Band, and a founding member of the Western Ontario Newspaper Awards in 1952 (renamed the Ontario Newspaper Awards in 2004).
Cully Schmidt died in Waterloo on September 21, 2006, at 95.
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Scrapbook and photograph album covering the lives of Margaret and Cully Schmidt. First part of the album recounts the life of Margaret Schmidt, including part of her family's history and, more thoroughly, from her early childhood to her old age, with an emphasis on her married life. Second part of the album recounts the life of Cully Schmidt, including part of his family's history more thoroughly, from her early childhood to her old age, with an emphasis on his work life.
Album includes photographs with captions, newspaper clippings, certificates, and ephemera created or accumulated by the Schmidt family. Photographs show Margaret exercising as a teenager, socializing with friends and family, spending time with her children, attending various personal and professional events, and travelling with her husband around the world. Photographs also show Cully exercising and working as a teenager, socializing with friends and family, working and travelling for work, spending time with his family, attending various personal and professional events, and travelling with his wife around the world.
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Donated in 2018.
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Described by CGD in 2022.
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