Your Heritage Waterloo Region
What is Waterloo Region's "heritage"? Is it the German Mennonites? The British pioneers? The aboriginal people of the Six Nations? Does our heritage include newer cultural influences from Asia, the Caribbean, Africa, South America, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe? Or is it our industrial and corporate story: milling, Schneider's, insurance, or the Blackberry?
Your Heritage Waterloo Region (YHWR) is about all of these things, and many more. It's about you, your neighbourhood, your community and organizations. Your Heritage Waterloo Region is a doorway to all the elements that give this Region a rich and complex flavour. Here, individuals and groups can explore every aspect of the unique spectrum of Waterloo Region, sharing their stories, ideas and r...
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Featured NarrativeMennonites and Milling in Waterloo Region
Early enterprise Sawmill in Roseville, North Dumfries Township1Sawmills and grist mills were some of the first structures built by the Mennonites settling in the area that would become Waterloo Region, and also were often the first commercial and industrial enterprises established as new areas opened to settlement. The Mennonite settlers were farmers, but after houses and a few outbuildings had been built on their fledgling homesteads, some landholders on the best waterpower sites set up milling operations beginning in the first decades of the nineteenth century. A small portion of the timber cleared in homesteading was processed into lumber at the sawmills, and grain from the new farms wa...
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Ben P. Toews (1907-1951) on the job: Toews with his truck near Kenora, ON building Hiway #1 c.1930
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