Born Carrick Township, March 5, 1895. Married Veronica (Frona) Walter on June 13,1917. Veronica was born on the 7th Concession Wallace Township on December 29th, 1895. Fred died November 7, 1972. Veronica died December 20th, 1992. Both are buried in the 6th line cemetery Wallace Township.
Frederick Marvin Quanz, first son of John and Caroline Quanz, was born March 5, 1895 on the 14th concession of Carrick Township. Fred grew up on a farm on the 4th concession of Wallace with his two brothers Harvey Eldon and Ervin John and one sister Alvera Marguerite. During his life he had careers in farming, barbering, farm implement dealership store manager, and carpenter. Fred died Nov. 7, 1972 and is buried in the cemetery on the 6th line of Wallace.
Veronica (Frona) Katherine Walter, daughter of
Henry and Annie Walter, was born Dec. 29, 1895. Veronica died on December
Fred and Veronica Quanz Wedding - June 13, 1917
Fred and Frona were married June 13, 1917 at the 6th Line Evangelical United Brethren Church. Their reception was held back at the Walter family farm on Concession 6. The following pictures show those who attended the reception.
Fred & Veronica's Wedding Party - June 13, 1917
L to R: Gordon Walter (Veronica's brother), Fred Quanz (groom), Veronica Walter (bride),
Sybilla Miller (Fred's cousin), Alvera Quanz (Fred's sister).
In 1921, Fred and Veronica (Walter) Quanz purchased the farm, at Concession 6, lot 35, from Cornelius Walter, becoming the third generation of the Walter family to own this farm. Dairying with purebred Holsteins was predominant, with hogs, chickens and beef feeders included. Hay, fall wheat, oats, barley, mangles, turnips and occasionally buckwheat were cropped to feed the stock. Staple vegetables were grown in large amounts to feed their family through the winter.
Their son, Harry Laverne, was born here on Sept. 2, 1921, and their son, Walter John, was born here on March 13, 1928. A daughter Marguerite died in infancy.
In 1930, the farm was rented to Harry Pletch. The family
moved to Kitchener and Fred took up barbering. They lived on both Glasgow
Street and St. Ledger Street. After 2 years they moved to Elmira then the
family returned to the farm in 1934.
In 1941, Harry moved to Fort Erie and later that year married Betty Zurbrigg of Palmerston. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. and after the war they moved to Kitchener. Harry was employed at J.M. Schneiders until his retirement.
In the 1940s the farm forum met at the local schoolhouse. Walter was elected president - the youngest person in Ontario to hold this office. In 1948, the farm was sold to Albert McDowell. Fred, Veronica and Walter moved to St. George. Walter was employed with two of Canada's top Holstein herds, Glenafton Farms at Alliston and Sheffield Farms, St. George. In 1949, he married Ruby Bramhill. In 1951, he joined Bramhill Service Centre, Palmerston. Walter served on Minto Township council for 10 years - six as Reeve. He was Warden of Wellington County in 1987.
In 1950 Fred and Frona moved to a large home in Listowel at the corner of Blake Street and York Street. Fred worked for the Davidson Car Dealership in Listowel. Fred also did carpentry work for many neighbours and continued his barbering. In 1968 they moved to Albert Street in Palmerston where they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Fred passed away on Nov. 7, 1972.
After several years Veronica sold their home and moved to a mobile home
in Palmerston, then to a senior’s apartment. In 1990 she moved to Wellington
Terrace in Elora where she lived until she passed away on December 20,
Fred and Veronica Quanz - 50th Wedding Anniversary
1112 Harry Laverne
1113 Walter John (his name is spelt Quantz in government records)
Veronica's Family - The Walter Family
Jake Walter Family
Back Row L to R: Mike (Noah's Father), Peter (Veronica's
Grandfather), John (Ralph Krotz's Grandfather), Jake (Minister)
Front L to R: Name unknown (Welker), Katie (Bender)
Peter Walter Family
Rear L to R: Sarah (Filsinger), Henry, Cornelious, Lizzie (Heinmiller)
Front L to R: Peter (Veronica's Grandfather), John, Dan,
Henry and Annie Walter
Henry Walter was born in 1870 in Wallace Township. Henry and his wife, the former Annie E. Schneider, were married January 2, 1895 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schneider, in Wallace Township. Mrs. Walter, born August 2, 1873, in Port Elgin,
The following newspaper article was published in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record on January 3, 1955 the day after Henry and Annie celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Listowel Couple Mark Diamond Anniversary
January 3, 1955
Listowel – Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walter, Listowel, whose
marriage was the first of a series of four which resulted in three brothers
and a fourth sister marrying a cousin of the three brothers, observed their
diamond wedding anniversary yesterday.
A family dinner party at their York Street home featured the celebration.
Henry Walter and his wife, the former Annie E. Schneider, were married January 2, 1895 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schneider, in Wallace Township.
Later Mary Schneider, sister of Annie, became the
bride of John Walter of Wallace Township, brother of Henry. Adeline Schneider
married Dan Walter, now of St. David's, while Rachael Schneider married
Simon Walter, cousin of the three brothers. All were present at the diamond
wedding celebration Sunday except Mr. and Mrs. John Walter who were prevented
because of Mrs. Walter’s illness.
Following their marriage, Henry Walter and his bride commenced farming on the 6th Line of Wallace. In 1908 they moved to a farm on No. 23 Highway near Gowanstown where their son, Gordon, now resides.
Twenty years later they moved to Kitchener but remained there only three and one-half years returning to again farm in Wallace. For the past 14 years they have lived in Listowel.
Mrs. Walter, born August 2, 1873, in Port Elgin, is still active and names gardening and quilting as her favorite hobbies.
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Walter of Wallace Township, the bridegroom of 60 years ago, now 85, while not enjoying the same degree of good health as his wife, also likes to work in the garden when able.
"Young farmers today are very fortunate to have such modern equipment as is available today" declares Mr. Walter, who still believes farm life is best.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Walter are members of Calvary Evangelical United Brethren Church now but were formerly members of the 6th Line Wallace Church, where Mr. Walter was a trustee, and both taught Sunday school.
Besides their son, Gordon, there is one daughter, Veronica, Mrs. Fred Quanz, who with her husband resides with her parents. There are also four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides the three sisters of Mrs. Walter already mentioned there are: Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Hirsch, Buffalo; Mrs. Wesley (Ida) Kaiser, Qualicum Beach, BC; and Mrs. Norman (Clara) Ruppel, Kitchener. Another brother of Mr. Walter, Cornelius Walter, resides in Waterloo.
* End of Record Article. *
Henry Walter Family
Rear L to R: Henry, Cornelious
Front L to R: Veronica, Annie
Harry Laverne Quanz
The Hamilton Spectator
DATED: Sat Sep 08, 2001 04:53 AM
Mennonite seeks his niche at Stuttgart ballet
So what's a nice young Mennonite boy doing in black tights? Dancing in the ballet, of course. Peter Quanz, the 23-year-old dancer from Baden, Ontario, is working in Europe. Currently ensconced at Germany's Stuttgart Ballet, he is not only dancing on stage but also creating choreography for his own intriguing dances.
The son of Kitchener high school teachers, Quanz grew up in a bucolic countrified setting. "We even kept sheep in the yard," he laughs. "But my mom was always interested in theatre, and we used to go to Toronto for all the big musicals. "I remember in Grade 4 we had this sort of talent show and I couldn't play the piano or anything like that. I put together a dance. I don't know if it was any good or not. The teacher said it was. But she also told me I had to learn steps and have some formal training if I had any serious ideas about dance."
Excited, Quanz enrolled in a local dance school. "It was a strange thing perhaps for a Mennonite boy to do. It's not, after all, part of our tradition. But my parents got past worrying about that. They were more concerned about me, about looking at who I am as a person. They knew I had certain needs."
In 1996, Quanz made it to the Banff Centre for the Arts where he became interested in making dances. From there it was a hop, skip and a jump to Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he created several pieces for the school's student choreographic group.
He had an instant measure of success. At least it was enough to make him realize he ought to go on. His 1998 ballet, Billion Dollar Baby, was taken into the school's permanent dance repertoire and Quanz was on his choreographic way.
When he graduated from the school in 1999, he was desperate to make more dances. But he realized he needed greater seasoning. Fortunately for Quanz he won the Judy and Henny Jurriens Choreographic Fellowship, a cash grant that permitted him to travel to Europe to study dance creation with a number of important companies and choreographers.
That's where I first met Quanz a couple of years ago. He was this shy kid with a sweet smile. I watched him in dance class. He stumbled under the teacher's glare. His body, thin and reedy, seemed small for a dancer. And his face was always lit by an embarrassed, somewhat ingenuous grin. But Quanz had something more. He had fire in his belly. He wanted to learn about dance, and he shadowed important dancers and choreographers, attempting to divine the secrets of their art.
When his grant ran out, he remained in Europe at his own expense, trying to make a connection with some company that would help him liberate his own voice. "As an artist, you're a spiritual being," Quanz says. "And I don't think dance should simply be a technical thing. It must have connection with something more. So often people are just repeating steps. It may sound arrogant, but for me there's obviously a great deal more."
Quanz reflects these spiritual feelings in his choreography. There is such an ebb and flow between the sheer physicality of what he produces and the soulful centre that gives his ballets commitment to something more.
Quanz convinced Stuttgart artistic director Reid Anderson that he deserved a place in his prestigious German company. Anderson had little money to offer, so Quanz took on the task on a semi-volunteer basis. He dances in the big ballets such as Kameliendame, and he has an opportunity to create his own ballets for the Young Choreographer and Noverre Nights at the Staatstheatre in Stuttgart.
That's where I caught up with him again this summer. I was amazed at how far he had come in two years. But then, you could say Quanz has nerve. This is the same kid who walked up to Canadian choreographer Brian MacDonald in Banff and announced, "I want to create a ballet for your next show."
"In Stuttgart I'm the company mascot," Quanz laughs. "I know they'd never take me as a dancer. I just haven't enough training. I don't have feet like an eagle's claw. I'm just not Anderson's type. "But he has given me this great opportunity and I'm grateful," he adds.
Watching Quanz's abstract ballet, Pas de Action, created to powerful music by Schostakovich, is to see the seminal talent coursing through this young dancer's veins. Against the music's veneer of light and joyous feeling there is a darker anguished sense of terminal rush. Quanz has capitalized beautifully on this quiet juxtaposition, allowing music to pull up, away from the floor, to tug dancers into space, to create a fast eddying whirl of physical explosion.
Like his early piece La Route de Rencontres, there is a meeting point of passions, a journey toward self-discovery, a relationship between two people that grows in the tensile tug of movement.
"I don't believe in luck," Quanz shrugs. "But I do believe in being in the right place at the right time. "And I believe in being honest and good. Things happen for a reason. And you can make things happen if you are in the right head space."
Quanz has just received a Canada Council grant to help him produce a dance production we may see in an independent Canadian showcase. "I'm still looking for my niche," Quanz says. "But it is the search that really matters. It's healthy to search, to seek, to understand. If you don't, how can you ever know who you are? "Of course I want to make great dances, but it's also important to renew the spirit, to dig deeply into the truth of life. You see, I don't want to make dances that are just about movement. I want to say something important through my art."
- End of Hamilton Spectator Article-
Walter John Quanz
By John Quanz
Walter John Quanz, second son of Fred and Veronica Quanz, was born March 13, 1928 on the 6th concession of Wallace Township. Walter grew up on a farm speaking only German until he moved to Kitchener at 2 years of age. At age 4 they moved to Elmira, where he started in Kindergarten then grade one. At the age of 6 his family moved to the home farm and Walter attended S.S.#6 Wallace Public School on the 6th concession. In his teen-age years Walter and his brother Harry spent part of each winter in the bush cutting trees to generate additional income through the sale of the trees for lumber. During World War II Harry enlisted in the Air Force while, as the youngest son, Walter stayed home to help on the farm. Walter was active in 4H Club work and worked with purebred Holsteins at home having had a Gold Metal Brood Cow in their herd. Walter was contacted by Glenafton Farms of Alliston in 1946, then the top Holstein Herd in Canada, and was hired as an assistant herdsman. The complete Quanz herd was sold to a Holstein Breeder in the state of Virginia. Walter was hired as herdsman at Sheffield Farms in 1948 in St. George. His Father and Mother moved with him to St. George and worked with him until after Walter and Ruby were married in 1949.
Ruby Mae Bramhill, fourth daughter of Clendon and Violet Bramhill, was born on the 2nd concession of Minto Township. Ruby grew up with 3 sisters and 4 brothers helping on the farm and with several of her father's businesses such as Ice for iceboxes and a Farm Feed business. Ruby attended the S.S. # 2 Minto Public School, a one room school house near Palmerston. She attended Norwell High School graduating in 1947.
Walter and Ruby met at a Youth Program at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946. They were married three years later in the Evangelical United Brethren Church on the 6th line of Wallace Township in a double ceremony with Walter's cousin Marguerite Quanz and her groom Don Bridge, Ruby's cousin, on July 16, 1949. The officiating minister was Major Everett Pearo of the Salvation Army, an uncle of Ruby and Don's.
After their honeymoon they moved to St. George Ontario where Walter worked as a "herdsman" for Sheffield Farms. Sheffield Farms was operated by the Malcolm Condensing Company, which was owned by Mr. John Malcolm. As a herdsman, Walter won many awards at the Canadian National Exhibition for Prize Purebred Holstein Cattle. Their son, John, was born in Palmerston on May 22, 1951 shortly after they moved back to the Palmerston area to assist Ruby's father, Clendon Bramhill, in the development of a Farm Implement Sales and Service business called Bramhill Service Center. Walter and Ruby's younger brother Roy took over the business in 1965 and made it one of the largest farm implement dealerships in Ontario. Walter and Ruby had two daughters Joanne Mae, born November 10, 1953 and Janice Marie, born March 6, 1957. They had another son, Quinton James, stillborn on October 23, 1962. James was named after the Evangelist Q. J. Everest.
Ruby joined the staff of the Midwestern Regional Children's Centre near Palmerston on March 2, 1966, as Registered Nursing Assistant and became a Staff Councilor, Assistant Ward Supervisor in 1969 and Area Supervisor in April 1988. Walter was involved in several different community boards and positions over the years. He served for two years as the Case Dealer Rep for Eastern Canada on the Dealer Council. He also served one year as Dealer Rep on the New Holland Dealer Council and one year on the Ontario Farm Board. In 1987 Walter became Reeve of Minto Township for four years and Warden of Wellington County for 1989. In 1992 Walter retired, selling-off Bramhill Service Center. Ruby retired December 31, 1992 from MRCC.
Walter and Ruby continue to be active in their home church, the Palmerston Evangelical Missionary Church. They also spend part of their time travelling, to their winter home in Lakeland Florida, and to visit John and his family in Toronto, Joanne in Elora, and Janice and her family in Canton, North Carolina.
Richard JohnRichard John Quanz
Born May 22, 1951 in Palmerston, Ontario. Married August
26, 1972 to Elaine Parker in New Dundee, Ontario. They reside in Toronto.
John and Elaine Quanz Family
Rear L to R: Liesl, Heidi, Chris
Center L to R: Ben, John, Geri, Randy
Front L to R: Lauren, Elaine
Richard John Quanz was born May 22, 1951 in the Palmerston General Hospital. He grew up in a rural community near Palmerston, about 40 miles north of Kitchener. John attended a one-room schoolhouse, U.S.S. #11 Wallace, for primary grades and then went to Norwell District Secondary School to study Arts and Sciences. After graduation John went to Emmanuel Bible College where he met Elaine Louise Parker (b. Sep. 26, 1950) from New Dundee. He moved to Toronto to study Electrical Technology, majoring in Electronics, at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. On August 26, 1972 John and Elaine were married in the New Dundee Missionary Church. They set up their first home in Toronto and have lived there ever since.
John and Elaine have three children: Christopher (Chris) John born May 13, 1976, Heidi Marie born April 14, 1979, Liesl Catherine born November 11, 1982. In August of 1976 Randy Grainger came to live with them. On May 15, 1982, Randy married Geri Webster also of Toronto. They have two children - Benjamin and Lauren.
After graduation from Ryerson John joined the CBC Television Network where he maintained the production studios for such shows as The National, Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup, and Wayne & Shuster among many others. During the transition from film to portable video for news crews, he provided portable video facilities to cover several "News Specials" with immediacy never before possible. This culminated in providing facilities to cover the signing of a mid-East Peace Treaty by Menachem Began, Jimmy Carter, and Anwar Sadat on the lawn of the Whitehouse in Washington, DC. These special events helped change the process of newsgathering throughout the Canadian broadcast industry.
In 1987, Sony approached John to work as a Product Manager covering production cameras utilizing a new technology Sony was introducing to the Canadian market. During the following ten years John filled the roles of Product Manager, Marketing Manager for Broadcast Products, Regional Sales Manager for Ontario and finally General Manager Marketing for all of Sony’s Broadcast and Professional products. This covered technology that ranged from tiny security cameras to news camcorders to Jumbotrons like the one in the Toronto SkyDome – still the biggest in North America.
Since their marriage, Elaine has worked as a Secretary and Computer Editor at the Dictionary of Old English located in the University of Toronto. The project is writing a dictionary of English from its earliest forms to the 11th century. Elaine's work at the dictionary has led to contacts and friends in Universities around the world in countries such as England, Germany, United States, and Japan. Elaine is keenly interested in reading, movies and travel. They celebrated their 25th Anniversary travelling to England and Germany in the fall of 1997.
John is interested in Science Fiction and Home Movies. He is also heavily involved in using his technological background in community events and on a broader basis for church functions. John has provided Audio and Video support for a weekend for teenagers, called Pitch & Praise, for the over 25 years. About 1200 teenagers gather in a camp setting for a weekend of music, guest speakers, sports and special events. John also participated in a television industry organization as a board member for the SMPTE – the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. The SMPTE strives to guide the standardization of technology and processes for the film and television industry.
Their family has also been involved in the Markham Evangelical Missionary Church. Elaine sings in the choir and John is involved in the technical aspects of many church programs. Heidi and Liesl are both involved with Youth activities and Camping. Chris is living in an apartment in Toronto while attending George Brown College. Heidi has just completed the 2nd year of a 4-year degree programme at University of Western Ontario. Randy and Geri have moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Randy is a Sales Manager for Nortel supplying phone-switching technology to the telephone companies in the Maritimes.
Christopher JohnJoanne Mae Quanz
Joanne Mae Quanz was born on November 10, 1953 in the Palmerston General Hospital in Palmerston Ontario Canada. She is the second child of Walter Quanz and Ruby Bramhill. Joanne attended U.S.S. #11 Wallace Grade School. This was a one-room schoolhouse located on Concession 8 of Wallace Township. The teacher for much of her time at U.S.S. #11 was A. E. Ashemore who taught all 8 grades in the school. She attended the Minto Clifford School in Gowanstown for grades 7 & 8 and then attended Norwell District Secondary School for her high school.
After graduation "Jo" received training as a Nurses Assistant working in several Retirement homes in the Palmerston and Listowel areas. In 1986 she started working at the Wellington Terrace retirement home in Elora. She was privileged to be able to assist in the care of her grandmother, Veronica Quanz nee-Walters, until Veronica passed away in 1995 at the age of 97. It was a comfort to the rest of our family knowing that Jo was on-hand to look after Grandma.
Jo has two primary hobbies in her life – Southern Gospel Quartet music and her pets. Our family has always had a strong interest in music whether Mom playing piano and organ in our church, Dad singing in a quartet in our church or John and Jan being part of local groups traveling around the area singing in churches. Southern Gospel Quartet music has been played on our record players since we were young. All of us have been interested in the groups we listened to but none more so than Jo. She has a talent and an interest in keeping track of our favorite groups as they traveled around North America and kept us informed when they were close enough for us to be able to attend a live concert. Jo also helped to look after all our pets but her favourites were Penny and Bubbles.
Jo still works at the Wellington Terrace and she has an
apartment in Elora. She travels home on her "days off" work to spent time
with Mom and Dad and to take part in the ministry of her church – the Palmerston
Evangelical Missionary Church.
Janice Marie Quanz Nelson Ramsey
Janice Marie Quanz was born on March 6, 1957 in the Palmerston General Hospital. She is the third child and youngest daughter of Walter Quanz and Ruby Mae Bramhill. Janice attended U.S.S. #11 Wallace Grade School for graded 1 to 2 and then attended the Minto Clifford Public School for grades 3 to 8 and Norwell District Secondary School until graduation. Janice went to Conestoga College to train for a career in nursing graduating in 1979. At that time there were very few jobs in nursing in Ontario so she and her cousin Donna Bramhill moved to Asheville, North Carolina to work in a hospital there. Donna eventually moved back to Ontario but "Jan" stayed in Asheville. She met her first husband, James Nelson, while he was a patient under her care in the cardiac ward of the Memorial Mission Hospital. Jan and James were married on August 28, 1982, in the Palmerston Missionary Church in her parents hometown. They returned to the USA to set up their home in Canton, North Carolina. James worked as a machine operator in the Champion paper factory in Canton. Some of the coated paper products James prepared were used by the Creamery in London Ontario for milk cartons. James died of a heart attack on May 26, 1990 at his home in Canton. Jan and James had one daughter, Crystal Marie. Crystal was born on March 6, 1986 in the Memorial Mission / St. Joseph’s Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina. Crystal is involved in basketball, softball and cheerleading in her school.
Janice remarried 25 October 1991 to Garry Ramsey also of Canton, North Carolina, where they also reside. Garry is a fireman for the Asheville Fire Department. Jan and Gary met at their church in Canton. They were married at the Canton Wesleyan Church in Canton.
A few days before the wedding Garry’s department had been called to a fire in an old Victorian style house in Asheville. As they entered the house the two crews used their hoses to quickly knock down the fire on the first floor. One crew laid down their hose and assisted the other crew, led by Garry, to take the hose up the stairs and fight the fire on the other two floors. As Garry led the crews onto the third floor the floor broke away under his feet. He fell to the second floor hitting so hard that that floor, weakened by the fire, also gave way. He fell into the living room, on the first floor, miraculously landing on the sofa. The fire had started up around him trapping him in that room. As he rolled off the sofa he remembered the second hose they had left there as they started up the stairs. He used that hose to douse the fire around him and had the fire under control as his colleagues came from outside to rescue him. Garry is now a Captain in his station in Asheville with 16 years experience.
Jan continues to work at the Mission / St. Joseph’s Hospital in Cardiac Intensive Care.
Jan and Garry have a daughter, Amanda "Paige", born on May 11, 1992. Paige is involved in softball and cheerleading.
Amanda "Paige"Crystal Marie Nelson
Born March 6, 1986, Crystal resides with her parents in
Canton, North Carolina.
Amanda Paige Ramsey
Born May 11, 1992, Paige resides with her parents in Canton,
Quinton James Quanz
Quinton James Quanz, son of Walter and Ruby Quanz, was
stillborn on Oct. 23, 1962. He is buried in the Palmerston Cemetery.
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