A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were

By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

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

This photographic background of the quarter includes one hundred thirty black and white pictures from as early as 1880, recording the cultural panorama, the structures, parks, markets, gala's, and parades. the various images will tease your fancy with whispers of the pioneers’ spirit, whereas others catch the strength of occasions and dare us to interpret the earlier.

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At this date, a couple of hundred women and men have been hired making buttons (from ivory nuts and sea shells), cufflinks, and buckles. The renovated development is now an arts centre. neighborhood historical past division, Waterloo Public Library An commercial development by means of the Grand River in Galt, 1900–1925. within the final many years of the 20th century, structures like this started to disappear from urban cores. Now inventive makes use of are fournd for them. around the river, one other construction — like this one a persisting remnant from the cloth — has develop into the college of Waterloo’s structure college. Albertype Company/National data of Canada/PA-032476 6 simple and Fancy: structures of outcome major streets thrived on trade, served as crucial routes via cities, and replied to alterations within the higher economies of exchange and flavor. They bustled, kind of, reckoning on the scale of town. colleges, church buildings, and executive constructions, meant to symbolize extra lasting values and safer of their charm, had a wholly diversified presence. The earliest faculties, equipped of logs, have been changed by way of sturdier constructions as inhabitants demanded and prosperity allowed. In rural components, the various faculties equipped close to the center of the 19th century remained almost unaltered till, on account of postwar growth, they have been deserted within the Nineteen Fifties. photos of those colleges, with all the scholars in precisely a couple of rows, bear in mind one other period — diverse academic ambitions, longer days within the solar. The structure of city colleges gave expression to the significance hooked up to schooling and to the establishment designed to dispense it. Of the 3 constructions pictured, all comparable in layout and all equipped of putting up with gray granite, live to tell the tale and one, Galt Collegiate Institute, is still a secondary university. Rosebank tuition, Wilmot Township, circa 1872. This board and batten college was once a renovated model of the early log university in-built 1846. It was once changed through a pink brick institution in 1908 and closed in 1966. Waterloo old Society St. Jacobs university inside, “the little room,” 1867. Waterloo ancient Society Riverside tuition, North Dumfries Township, circa 1913. initially equipped of logs in 1848 and changed by means of this stone constitution in 1858, it closed in 1951. as the college was once situated at the west financial institution of the Grand River, a footbridge used to be outfitted for students from the east part to stroll throughout. Waterloo old Society S. S. # 18, New Prussia, Wilmot Township, June 21, 1917. The flags during this photo by means of Laura Heipel Wagner create a extra tricky effect than most faculty photographs. they're a sign of her artistry or, might be, a gesture of patriotism in wartime. Laura Heipel Wagner/Region of Waterloo, Doon history Crossroads crucial college, Waterloo. This used to be the 3rd of 4 faculties at the related website. the unique log tuition, inbuilt 1820, has been preserved in close by Waterloo Park. A moment college, in-built 1840, was once changed by way of this one in 1845, and this in flip used to be changed in 1952.

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