A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were

By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

counseled for the 2003 Honourable point out for impressive Craftsmanship in Production

The early settlers of Waterloo County - Mennonites, Germans, and Scots - outfitted enterprising groups in a land of rivers, rolling hills, and fields. this present day the associated towns of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge are nonetheless surrounded via small cities with powerful rural traditions.

This photographic background of the zone includes a hundred thirty black and white photos from as early as 1880, recording the cultural panorama, the structures, parks, markets, festivals, and parades. many of the photos will tease your fancy with whispers of the pioneers’ spirit, whereas others trap the power of occasions and dare us to interpret the earlier.

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Okay. Walker assortment The L. E. & N. railway tracks are buried less than the ice piled excessive on Water road. almost immediately after this picture used to be taken, a team of fellows begun the paintings of clearing them. Water road South, having a look north, Galt, February 1930. S. okay. Walker assortment the implications of this harmful flood in 1930 brought on motion that resulted in administration of the river via the Grand River Conservation Authority. major highway Bridge, Galt, February 1930. Norman Wildman/S. okay. Walker assortment 14 accumulating jointly groups assemble to stand adversity, to discover social excitement, and to paintings successfully. The bee has lengthy been a characteristic of rural lifestyles in Ontario: neighbours and households assemble jointly to complete initiatives which are arduous with no support and extra successfully performed with the differing abilities of many palms. frequently bees were prepared round seasonal paintings. a few projects that have been vital within the early cost interval turned much less beneficial, like logging and stump-pulling. different efforts have an extended historical past as staff paintings, for instance ploughing and threshing, butchering, quilting, and apple-paring. Barn-raisings are maybe the main dramatic feats of sharing. up to they have been possibilities to get paintings performed, bees have been additionally social occasions, with lots of stable foodstuff. In a few groups, dancing figured within the festivities, as did whisky — with a few distilleries working within the county, it can be affordable and considerable. Barn-lowering at the Elmira road, 1946. Kitchener-Waterloo checklist Photographic destructive assortment, Dana Porter Library, college of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Barn-raising in St. Agatha, 1947 Kitchener-Waterloo checklist Photographic adverse assortment, Dana Porter Library, collage of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 Butchering bee on the Ottman domestic; Mrs. Ottman is within the centre with the little lady. Wellesley, circa 1900. area of Waterloo, Doon background Crossroads The comfy strength of a schnitzing bee and the pride of sorting items for cargo in another country are one of the rewards of amassing including universal goal. Schnitzing (apple-paring) bee, Pine Hill, 1947. Kitchener-Waterloo list Photographic destructive Collectio, Dana Porter Library, college of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 getting ready quilts for cargo out of the country, First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Nineteen Fifties. Mennonite files of Ontario at Conrad Grebel collage collage At neighborhood fall festivals, frequently lasting a number of days, farm households in Waterloo County were in a position to express their animals and bring in pageant and verify new farming equipment. Over the long run, the gala's have performed a tremendous function in enhancing farming concepts. For the city crowd, horse exhibits were a continuous allure. for everybody, the autumn reasonable signalled the yearly stopover at of the carnival, with video games of likelihood and halfway rides. Galt Fall reasonable, 1947 Kitchener-Waterloo list Photographic damaging assortment, Dana Porter Library, college of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 New Hamburg Fall reasonable, 1947 Kitchener-Waterloo list Photographic damaging assortment, Dana Porter Library, collage of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 15 Festivities: Saengerfest, Kirmess & Marching Bands The German traditions we establish with Oktoberfest, together with cultural occasions, normal stable cheer, and civic festivities, had past manifestations in Berlin’s and Waterloo’s Saengerfests (“song festivals”) and in Preston’s Kirmess.

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