Owner : Joseph E. Schneider
Early: 1848 - Late: 1889
A ledger or account book with a handwritten inscription: Joseph E. Schneider’s Ledger bought Jan 17th 1848. It records the accounts for his sawmill, as well as services provided at cost to people in the community, e.g., sale of farm produce, labour, and rent of horses, oxen and equipment. The sawmill serviced a cross section of the Berlin community. His largest customer was the John Hoffman Company, but he also had sizable accounts with village merchants, shoemakers, weavers/tailors, blacksmiths, coopers, tinsmiths and others. The accounts of sawmill transactions date to 1868 when its operation was handed over to his son, Samuel B. Schneider. Other accounts recorded include lists of goods at the time of his death in 1880 and that of his wife in 1881, lists of gifts made to their children, and accounts of other people’s estates for which Joseph E. was the executor.
Mennonite Archives of Ontario
140 Westmount Rd. N. Waterloo 519-885-0220 x238 grebel.uwaterloo.ca/mao
Gary K. Waite, "Joseph Schneider Sawmill Operations 1848-859," Waterloo Historical Society, 73 (1985), 57-65.
Region of Waterloo
Fraktur design based on Family Register by Jacob Shoemacher in Joseph Schneider Bible, 1821.