Feature Artifact - Weathervane 

Almost non-existent today, brightly coloured, wooden weathervanes were commonly found on barns and smaller farm buildings in Waterloo Region in the 1920s. This quirky example is attributed to Sidney F. Martin (1918-1999) of Woolwich Township. Made between 1940 and 1960, this weathervane has a mechanism that, when activated by the wind, makes it look as if the man is sawing a log.


Past Artifact - Drawing 

This drawing of a Mennonite man entitled Traveling was created by Minnie Hunsberger at age 89. Minnie was a daughter of Levi Witmer (1884-1916) and Mary Cober (1849-1926) of Waterloo Township. She married Rev. Noah Hunsberger (1877-1958) in 1926 and they had two children. Minnie was an amateur artist, creating ink drawings and Scherenschnitte (cut paper work).



Past Artifact - Stoneware Butter Churn 

This salt glazed stoneware piece is part of a dash butter churn manufactured by Henry Schuler (1842-1908) from Paris, Ontario. Henry apprenticed with and learned the pottery trade from Xavier Boehler in New Hamburg. By 1868, Henry had opened a pottery in Paris with Peter McGlade but the partnership dissolved in 1873. Henry continued his own pottery, the Paris Stoneware Works, until it was destroyed in an 1884 flood.




 Past Artifact - Photograph of the Schneiders 

This photograph, dating from around 1885, is of siblings Oliver B. Schneider, Elizabeth (Schneider) Meyers, and Susannah (Schneider) Thaler. They are the children of David Bechtel Schneider (1840-1928) and his first wife, Elizabeth Bricker (1841-1866). Oliver, Elizabeth, and Susannah are great grandchildren of Joseph and Barbara Schneider, the original owners of Schneider Haus National Historic Site.





 Past Feature Artifact - Oil Painting of Clydesdale 

This oil painting is of Redgauntlet, a Clydesdale stallion owned by Jacob S. Meyer (1855-1927) of St. Clements, Wellesley Township. Jacob served as Deputy Reeve and as a tax collector for the township. He owned several Clydesdale stallions; Cedric King and Fyvie Pearl were two others. The painting was done by Jacob’s sister-in-law, Anna (Affholder) Koebel (1862-1942) and is dated 1900.




Past Feature Artifact - Jacquard Coverlet 

This double woven, jacquard coverlet dates from 1885-1890, and belonged to Amanda (Otterbein) Heckendorn (1871-1958). According to family lore, Amanda and her three sisters each received a coverlet as a gift from their parents, Henry Otterbein (1838-1883) and Lydia Kolb (1842-1873). The weaver of the coverlet is unidentified but William and John Noll, brothers from Petersburg, did produce this pattern.