Category: Featured Inmates

August Drexler

August Drexler was born near Halle, Germany around 1821. His parents and family are mostly unknown as he immigrated alone to Canada sometime before 1855. He was living in the Village of Preston and working as a musician. August became well-known throughout the Waterloo Region for his musical expertise and his wandering ways. He would travel by foot from town to town to play music and stay at friend’s houses. For an in-depth look at August’s life in Waterloo County, please visit his page on Waterloo Generations. Below is the article written by W.H. Schmalz in the Waterloo Historical...

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The Marti Family

“Of all the inmates of the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge throughout the years none was better known than Bismark, the deaf mute who spent his waking hours trudging up and down Frederick Street within the bounds of poor-house property dressed in the red coat of a British soldier. “

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Hibner Family

Several of the Hibner family members came to live and die in the Poorhouse during the second half of the nineteenth century. Daniel Hibner, who never stayed in the Poorhouse but had many relatives that did, became a prominent figure in Kitchener from being the mayor of Berlin in 1894 and founding a furniture under his name.

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John Hudson

“The Old Man Hudson is in tolerable health for his age-getting weak and frail-although in this kind of weather he is still able to come out to church of a Sunday”

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The Groff Family

The Groff family had a total of eight relatives stay at the House between 1878-1939, almost the entirety of the Poorhouse’s operation. Five of the relatives were sent to Hamilton Insane Asylum and the Orillia Hospital of the Feeble-Minded from the House.

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