Kitchener Public Library Digital Collections
Jacob Hespeler


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
Black and white, oval-shaped, head and shoulders studio portrait of Jacob Hespeler, with an inscription above and below the photograph.
Notes:
Born in 1810 in Wuertemberg, Germany, Jacob Hespeler first emigrated to the United States before reaching Preston in 1830. During his stay in Preston, Hespeler operated a general store and founded several industries. After a failed attempt to purchase the John Erb Mill, Hespeler left Preston and moved to New Hope in 1845, where he purchased a valuable water privilege and constructed saw, flour, distillery, and woolen mills. Hespeler was an ardent promoter of the arrival of Great Western Railway in New Hope, which served as a connection between Galt and Guelph. The settlement of New Hope became the village of Hespeler on 1 January 1859 and Jacob Hespeler served as the first reeve. Hespeler died on 22 March 1881.
Inscriptions:
Front: One of Preston's First Postmaster's
Jacob Hespeler, Esq. Founder of the Town of Hespeler
Date of Original:
[185-?]
Date Of Event:
[185-?]
Dimensions:
Width: 14.7 cm
Height: 19.3 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 12.8cm
Image Height: 17.5cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
P010251
Collection:
Waterloo Historical Society
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4312318539935 Longitude: -80.3090286254883
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Terms of Use:
If you would like to obtain a digital or print copy of this image, please see KPL's Photographic Reproduction Policy at http://www.kpl.org/localhistory/photographs
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Jacob Hespeler


Black and white, oval-shaped, head and shoulders studio portrait of Jacob Hespeler, with an inscription above and below the photograph.