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YMCA Polio Swimmers
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March 15, 1954 (Creation)
- Kitchener-Waterloo Record
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3 photographs : b&w negatives ; 8 x 10 cm
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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record began with the publication of the Daily News of Berlin on February 9, 1878 and was the first daily paper in the area. It was published by Peter Moyer. Over the years it had several names and publishers: in January of 1897 it was purchased by the German Printing and Publishing Company and was amalgamated with that company's Berlin Daily Record to become the Berlin News Record, and later still the News Record, all published by William (Ben) V. Uttley. In 1918 the publishers of the German-language paper the Berliner Journal, William D. Euler (later Senator for North Waterloo) and William J. Motz, purchased the News Record and changed the name to the Kitchener Daily Record. On July 17, 1922 the Record absorbed the other daily, the Daily Telegraph. With that event, the original three daily papers (the News Record, the Berlin Daily Record, and the Daily Telegraph) became one.
The Berliner Journal began in December 29, 1859 by Frederick Rittinger and John Motz, and was located on Queen Street south, Kitchener. Motz remained editor until his death in 1899, at which time his son William acquired his father's interest. When Rittinger died in 1915 his share was acquired by William D. Euler. The weekly Journal ended on May 10, 1924. The Record’s first staff photographer was Harry Huehnergard, who worked for the paper for 49 years before retiring in 1986 as Manager of the Photographic Department.
In 1948 the Kitchener Daily Record was re-named the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, which name it retained until 1994, when it became simply The Record. In 1928 the paper moved from its home at 49 King Street west to a new building at 30 Queen Street north where it was to stay for 44 years until moving in May 1973 to 225 Fairway Road. When William J. Motz died in 1946 his son John E. Motz took over as publisher. The by-then Senator Euler sold his interest to Southam Press in 1953. John E. Motz died in 1975 and the Motz Family continued to own a controlling interest in the paper until 1990, when it was sold to Southam. In 1998, The Record was sold to Sun Media Corporation, and then in March 1999, to Torstar Corporation. In January 2005, the paper moved its offices to Market Square on King Street east in Kitchener's downtown core, and on March 11, 2008, the name was changed to the Waterloo Region Record.
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54-6763_001, 54-6763_003 and a photo missing from envelope appeared in the Tuesday, March 23, 1954 edition of the newspaper as part of the article: "Polio Victims Paddle, Splash Back to Health."
Photo caption from missing photo [no suitable substitute in envelope]: "FIRST TIME - Mrs. Margaret McDowell aids a tiny lad to stand in the shallow end of the YMCA swimming pool for the first time since he contracted polio. Classes are held regularly for the K-W Hospital patients as one form of physiotherapy."
Photo caption from published version of 54-6763_001: "FLOATING - With assistance, two girls try floating on their backs in the shallow end of the pool. An inner tube (background) is also useful in treatment."
Photo caption from published version of 54-6763_003: "WORK LEGS - Patients hang on to the edge of the pool while assistants help to move their legs in an effort to overcome the paralysis. Instructors are (left to right) Miss Ann Marie Kerber, Edward Lescom, Fred Roger and Allan Menzies."