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Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Allen Huber, Mayor of Berlin.
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1 photograph : b&w ; 14 x 9 cm
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The Schantz Family in North America is large and widespread; alternative spellings of the last name includes variations such as Tschantz, Shantz, Shonts, and Schanz. The family descended from Jacob Schanz (June 12, 1710-February 5, 1781) who emigrated to the United States of America in 1737 and settled in Pennsylvania. In 1810 Jacob’s son Christian Shantz (1769-1857) came to Waterloo County and settled at Freeport on the Grand River.
Christian’s son Benjamin Shantz (1811-1868) was an early Waterloo County inhabitant and one of the founders of Port Elgin, Ontario where he settled in 1854 and established a grist and flour mill. Benjamin married Lydia Kolb (1814-1862) on April 10, 1842 and together they had ten children; Josiah K. Schantz (1834-1913), Catharine Schantz (May 17, 1836-February 28, 1917), Hannah Schantz (April 1, 1838-August 20, 1841), Christian Schantz (January 20, 1840-?), Tobias Schantz (1842-1925), Abraham K. Schantz (September 20, 1844-?), Benjamin K. Schantz (December 5, 1846), Menno K. Schantz (January 31, 1849-July 6, 1888), Lydia K. Schantz (August 17, 1851-July 16, 1900), Sarah K. Schantz (April 1, 1854-April 10, 1878), and Enoch K. Schantz (October 7, 1856-May 25, 1888).
When Lydia died in 1862, Benjamin remarried his housekeeper, Margaret Swinton. Benjamin and Margaret left Port Elgin, Ontario and settled in Dallas County, Missouri. Correspondence in the collection between Benjamin and his son Tobias recount Benjamin’s settler experiences in Dallas County, Missouri.
The Schantz Russell Family Papers centre around Tobias Schantz, his wife Mary Schantz and their descendants, drawing together primary sources relating to several early white settler families of Waterloo County, primarily the Schantz, Moyer/Meyer and Bowman families, and material relating to descendants of the Moyer settlers of Lincoln County, Ontario.
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Postcard photograph with a cut-out print of (left to right) Allen Huber, Mayor of Berlin Ont. and Sir Wilfrid Laurier in a carriage. Both are seen wearing hats and looking at camera. This photograph was found with Hervey Bowman's belongings.
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Donated by Dorothy Russell and Harold Russell in 1995.
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Scanned as TIF file September 2021.
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"Flash From the Past: Allen Huber socked it to the early 20th century business elite" article by rych mills in the November 30th, 2019 edition of The Record (November 30th, 2019) dates the photo to September 24, 1908.
Inscribed in pencil, verso, centre: Sir Wilfrid Laurier (right) / Allen Huber (Mayor) left / Berlin, 1908, October / snapped / the carriage in procession / [illegible] when / authorities wanted to / put Allen in ninth / carriage + he asked / Laurier “Don't you think / I should ride with / you?” Laurier / answered, “Of course”
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- Laurier, Wilfrid (Subject)
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Described in 1995.
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