From the Mennonite Archives of Ontario website
The Local History collection (Hist.Mss.12 - Local History) includes programs, brochures, newspaper clippings, photocopy extracts from larger works, and other materials related to local history that have been gathered by Archives staff over the years. It is organized by township within geographic region.
1. Waterloo Region
The Lutherans of Waterloo County, Ontario, 1810-1959: a historical study
- "Tour of Mennonite historic sites in Waterloo County: prepared for Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society" 1986
Essay on Forestry and Arboriculture
- A. Eby, "Should we plant trees," photocopy from Annual report of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Arts for the Province of Ontario for the year 1882, 51-53
The Blight by A. Eby
How Should We Manage Our Natural Forests
The Dutchman's Hen; or Female Perversity.
Results of Careful Farming
- J.E. Meyer, "September suggestions for the poultry-keeper" photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Sept. 1, 1896), 356
Clover the Best Green Fertilizer for Potatoes
An Experience with Kansas Turkey Red Wheat
Soft Ontario Wheats Severely Condemned
The Wheat that the Millers Want
- J.E. Meyer, "How to house and feed your poultry for profit," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Dec. 1, 1900), 682
- Geo. H. Bauman, "How a bunch of 1,700-lb cattle were fed" photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (June 1, 1901), 364
Forests and Floods
- Anson Groh, "After milk and beef," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (March 17, 1904)
A Cow with a Clear Conscience
- A. Groh, "Collect weed seeds this fall," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Aug. 31, 1905), 1215
Shallow Plowing the Best.
- Anson Groh, "A strong case for woodland exemption," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Feb. 15, 1906), 699
Profit from Management
Lessening Labor on Ontario Farms.
One View on the Stable Question
A Mennonite School.
- J.E. Bergey, "Poultry on the farm," photocopy from O.A.C. review (July 1913), 572-573.
- J.E. Bergey, "The Ontario egg trade," photocopy from O.A.C. review (March 1914), 288-289.
- Herbert Groh, "Objects to life insurance," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Feb. 8, 1914), 40
Put Co-operation on Proper Basis
The Personal Factor in Poultry-Keeping
- Milton Bergey, "From ox-cart to the farmer's automobile," Photocopy from The Canadian Countryman (Jan. 5, 1918), 13
Farming in Waterloo
Different Types of Mixed Farms
- Beniah Bowman, "United Farmers favor Swiss democracy?" photocopy from Farmers' magazine (Dec. 1, 1919), 14.
The Village is Needed.
The Meaning and Purpose of Education
- E. Snider, "Restricting production," photocopy from Farmer's Advocate (Apr. 19, 1925), 60?.
Alfalfa in Waterloo.
- Ezra Snider, "The animals' convention," photocopy from The Canadian countryman (Apg. 21, 1926), 7, 23.
Some School Fair Suggestions
- "Annual farm and seed edition," Special section, Kitchener-Waterloo Record (March 1, 1948), 48 p.; includes article on early settlers, etc.
The following items relate to Martin's School located on King St. N. in Waterloo across from the Old Order Mennonite meetinghouse. After the school closed it was converted to other uses. In the 1990s it served as an Orthodox church.
Excerpts from Minutes of Martin's School. 1862-1946.
Teachers at Martin's school from 1862 until 1946
Trustees at Martin's school from 1862 until 1946
Trustee's Book, Title Page
, page 2 top
, page 2 bottom
"Indenture, Moses Schantz & Wife to Trustees of School Section no. 21 of Waterloo and Woolwich," Jan. 27, 1875. Photocopy
"Public school inspector's report," 1940 Photocopy 2 p.
The following miscellaneous items relate to Waterloo Township (Kitchener/Waterloo) or the larger Region
Some Observations on the Province of Upper Canada
- Waterloo Township tax receipt - $71.80 received from Barbara Clemmer, Nov. 1, 1893
- A.G. Seyfert, "Migration of Lancaster County Mennonites to Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, from 1800 to 1825" in Papers read before the Lancaster County Historical Society Friday, March 5, 1926, 33-41
- Illustrations from above paper
- Samuel Martin to Benjamin Weber, translation of letter, March 24, 1833. (Original at Goshen?)
- "Memorial no. 337 recorded the 28th day of March A.D. 1854 at ten oclock a.m. -- between Elias Wildfong and William Danforth. Photocopy. Related to union meetinghouse in Hespeler?
Tour of Kitchener, Ont. featuring sites of aboriginal historical interest; outside pages
, inside pages
- News and views of the Grand River watershed, Vol. 1, no. 3 (Sept./Oct. 1992).
- "The story of a busy city" Special anniversary supplement to Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Section 4, June 9, 1962). 2 copies. Includes historical articles.
- "Special edition celebrating Canada's centennial," Waterloo Chronicle Sept. 27, 1967. Includes historical articles.
- Robert S. Dilley, "Migration and the Mennonites: nineteenth-century Waterloo County, Ontario" photocopy from Canadian Papers in Rural History 4 (1986), 109-129
- "An act for the relief of Daniel Erb and other persons whose names are therein mentioned," March 31, 1828; photocopy and typescript transcription
- "Among the editors of Ontario German newspapers, 1835-1918" n.d.
- "Tree long gone, but legend lives," newsclipping about "riding whip" poplar tree that grew in front of Waterloo's grist mill by 1889. No date or source.
2. Wilmot Township/German Block
- "Die Deutschen in Pennsylvanien sind erwacht!"; list of settlers in Wilmot, Canada Museum (14 Jan. 1836), p. 2; photocopy, 2 p.
Wilmot Township Land Registry Records
- "Upper Canada land petitions" Typescript prepared from RG 1, L 3, Vol. 208 (Film C-2032) (See Hist.Mss.11.12, reel 2) prepared by Lorraine Roth, 8 p.
- "Upper Canada land petitions" Typescript prepared from RG 1, L 3, Vol. 530 (Film C-2032) (See Hist.Mss.11.12, reel 3) prepared by Lorraine Roth, 1989, 7 p.
- "Land registry record from Provincial Archives" Typscript prepared from MS 658, Reel #522 (See Hist.Mss.11.12, reel 1) prepared by Lorraine Roth, 1989, 5 p.
- "Transcribed copy of letter of Samuel Street Wilmot accompanying his report on the settlement of German settlers in Wilmot Township to Peter Robinson, Commissioner of Crown Lands," 11 February 1830; prepared by Lorraine Roth, 1989, 5 p.
- "Order of events" re: Amish settlers in Wilmot Township prepared by Lorraine Roth, 1989?, 6 p.
University of Toronto Archives Notes and Transcriptions
, 1822 - 1851
- "125th anniversary: Blenheim Mennonite congregation"
- Jacob Gross letter of 21 Nov. 1821 (photocopy of translation)
- Tho. Ridout to Goessmann, 6 Feb. 1824 (Photocopy; original in Archives of Ontario, MS31, R#2, Book 4)
- Peter Robinson letter, 19 Sept. 1828 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Reel C-6866)
- "Civil Secretary's correspondence, 27 Dec. 1821" re: settlement of Mennonites (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Reel C-4604) 2 p.
- Collection of letters and petitions by Amish, translated by John Goessmann, 1829 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Vol. 96, Reel C-6868), 34 p.
- Petiton by John Goessmann, 24 Dec. 1829 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Reel C-6869), 3 p.
- Herman Guth, "Immigrant Ulrich Nafziger: ancestor of Mennonite Nafzigers" photocoppy from Mennonite Family History, July 1987, 84-87
- "Minute Council 3rd June 1817 on certain lands adjacent to the Township of Waterloo"(Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L3, Vol. 527, "W" Bundle, Reel C-2953), 2 p.
- "16th October 1822" ruling that land be available to Mennonites in Pronton and Malanthon townships (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L1, Land Book "L", Reel C-103)
- Petition of Jacob Erb and others "To His Excellency", 12 April 1825 requesting land for assisting immigrants (Photocopy), 3 p.
- Jacob Erb to Lieut. Gov., 16th April 1825, requesting land (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Vol. 71, Reel C-4614)
- John Goessman to His Excellency, 5 Dec. 1828 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Vol. 90, Reel C-6866)
- Memorial of John Goessman, 5 Dec. 1828 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L1, Land Book "N", Reel C-104)
- Collection of correspondence, early 1830 related to land in Wilmot Township (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Vol. 98, Reel C-6869), 31 p.
- "12 March 1830" re: German settlers in Township of Wilmot (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L1, Land Book "O", Reel C-104) 3 p.
- Summary of Wilmot assessments in Deutscher Canadier, July 14, 1848 Photocopy
- Petitions re: land grants in Wilmot Township (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L3, Vol. 178, "E" Bundle, Reel C-1889)
- Upper Canada Land petitions "W" Bundle 18, 1833-1835 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.1, L 3, Vol. 533 (a)), 17 p.
- Correspondence re: Wilmot Land, 1855 (Photocopy; original in National Archives of Canada, R.G.5, A1, Reel C-6866) (Photocopy, Ontario Archives, R.G. 1, C-IV-Wilmot, Misc. Wilmot Township Papers, #1-44, Box 535, Folder 11), 44 p.
- "Kropf family cemetery - end end of Baden" description and history by Lorraine Roth, 2007
Report on the settlement of German settlers in Wilmot Township
List of German Settlers in Wilmot - Letter to accompany the Report
List of German Settlers in Wilmot - Bleam Street
List of German Settlers in Wilmot - Snyders Street
List of German Settlers in Wilmot - Erb Street
3. Woolwich Township
- Jerry Dick, "Conestogo historical buildings: a walking tour," 1982 1 folded page
- Mrs. John Hall, "A concise history of the founding of the Township of Woolwich," 1974 1 folded page (2 copies)
- "Around the Village of St. Jacobs" 1970s? 1 folded page
4. Wellesley Township
- "Schedule of improvements in the Township of Wellesley," 5 Sept. 1843 (Photocopy; original in Archives of Ontario, RG1, Series A-I-7, vol. 5, env. 5), 5 p.
- Bushman to Deutscher Canadier, Nov. 24, 1848 (typescript of translation), 2 p.
- Petition by "colored people" to the government asking to purchase a block of land in what became Wellesley Township, 20 Dec. 1828 Photocopy
- Notes on contents of RG 1, E3, Vol. 1-54 (National Archives of Canada) by Reg Good, n.d.
- J. Joseph, "An den Deutschen, die in des sogenannten King's Busch wohnen," Canada Museum, Oct. 13, 1836, p. 2 Photocopy
- "Free people of color of Baltimore" to His Excellency re purchase of land in Canada, May 4, 1830; photocopy
- Joseph Davis to J.M. Higganson encouraging a favorable response to land petitions from Mennonites in Wilmot Township, 20 Nov. 1844 (Photocopy; Ontario Archives, MS 563, R#21 #20308-20311), 3 p.
- Land Petition to Lt. Governor, 8 Sept. 1836 re: lands in Wellesley (Photocopy, National Archives of Canada, RG 1, L3, Vol. 472, "S" Bundle 20, Reel C-2819), 4 p.
- William Walker to Surveyor General, 5 Sept. 1843 re: surveying of Wellesley (Photocopy, MC 30, Reel 8)
- Land Petition by John Shantz, 1848? (Photocopy, National Archives of Canada, RG 1, L3, Vol. 540 (a), "W" Bundle 20), 6 p.
- Land petition from settlers in "Queen's Bush" including a number of persons of color, July, 1841 (Photocopy, National Archives of Canada, RG 1, L3, Vol. 410 (a), "P" Bundle 1, Reel C-2733), 15 p.
- Land petitions, 1846-1849 (Photocopy, National Archives of Canada, RG 1, L3, Vol. 539, "W" Bundle 4, Reel C-2964), 38 p.
- "Hespeler third name for town" Kitchener-Waterloo Record, Sept. 22, 1970, 32
- Jennie F. Cowan, "Preston in early Canada" n.d. 1 sheet