Tag: children

Wieland Family

A family that was committed to the House on several occasions due to destitution and the father’s intemperance.

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Emma Amelia Mautae-Lorenz

Emma Amelia Mautae-Lorenz is listed as born “at sea” on the Poorhouse Registry. She was deserted by her mother at the Poorhouse at 10 months old on January 28, 1886.     She stayed at the Poorhouse for five days and then was adopted by Ernest Lorenz and Anne Baumgautner-Lorenz on February 1, 1886. Emma was still living with Ernest in 1901 in North Waterloo. Ernest was working as a finisher and Emma was 16 at the time.     She went on to marry William J. Yanke on September 22, 1909 at the age of 24.    ...

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Lydia Stockley

Lydia Stockley lived as a spinster and in destitution for the majority of her life and entered the Poorhouse three times due to pregnancy.

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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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Lucinda Potter

Lucinda Potter had a very difficult and isolated childhood, entering the Poorhouse when she was just 9 years old and then being sent back and forth four times from the House to families wanting to use her for child labour in their farms and houses.

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Frederick and Katie Salm

Admitted to the Poorhouse in 1869, Frederick Salm was described by William Jaffray as “the worst idiot in the place”. He stayed in the Poorhouse for 10 years and was then sent to the Hamilton Asylum

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