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Waterloo Pioneers

Waterloo Pioneers

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2009

Waterloo Pioneers

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2012

Waterloo Pioneers

Photo from Google Street View ©2012 Google - Posted April, 2012

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Kitchener
1 block west of Sportsworld Drive, off King Street East, can be found Deer Ridge Drive. Follow it to Lookout Lane at the end of which is this tower. This plaque is attached to the tower wall.

Coordinates: N 43 24.025 W 80 24.963


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Plaque Text

In the spring of 1800, Joseph Schoerg and Samuel Betzner, Jr., brothers-in-law, Mennonites, from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, began the first two farms in the County of Waterloo; Schoerg on land adjoining this farm, Betzner on the west bank of the river, 5 km downstream. In the same year came Samuel Betzner, Sr., who took up a farm including this site. Other settlers followed and in 1805 a company formed in Pennsylvania purchased 24,000 ha, the German Company Tract, comprising the greater part of Block 2, Grand River Indian Lands, now Waterloo Township. This constituted the first larger settlement in the then far interior of Upper Canada.

Another plaque at this location
Waterloo Pioneers

Related Ontario plaques
First Mennonite Settlement
Waterloo County



Kitchener Plaques

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Posted July 20, 2013
A very well organized and presented overview of the Wilmot Settlement. I am researching if there is a connection between my Cressman/Croessmann ancestors and the Settlement, as well as my husband's Wilmoth/Wilmot ancestors.
Mary Ellen (Cressman) Wilmoth, Waldorf, MD. USA arwilmoth@netscape.com

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