Fonds - Baechler Family fonds

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Baechler Family fonds

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  • ca. 1820 - 2007 (Creation)
    Baechler, Andrew
  • ca. 1820 - 2007 (Creation)
    Baechler (family)

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ca. 6.5 inches textual records
ca. 1 inch photographs

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(1874 - 1945)

Biographical history

Andrew Baechler was born in South Easthope Township on October 3rd, 1874 to Joseph S. Baechler and Anna Zehr. In 1896, Andrew Baechler and his family moved to East Zorra Township where that same year he married Susanna Sommer at the 16th line Church. A year later, Andrew and Susanna moved to Tavistock.

His interest in horses led to Andrew starting a drover business, which hauled cement from St. Marys and coal from the rail siding. In 1909, Andrew was named Road Commissioner by the Tavistock Village Council. This appointment lasted until 1914. In 1910, Andrew purchased the Staebler Implement Agency and the buildings on the south side of Woodstock St. to supplement his income from weekly shipments of cattle and hogs to the Toronto market. In 1927, he became the agent along with his son Joseph for the Ford Motor Company.

Andrew Beachler was quite active in politics in the County of Oxford. He began his political career as a Councillor in Tavistock (1911-1913). During those years, he was appointed to the Water Commission in Tavistock and was appointed to a committee to review the Hydro Electric Companies. Between the years 1918-1923, Andrew served as Reeve of Tavistock, and was the town’s representative on the Oxford Council. In 1921/1922, he was elected Warden of the County of Oxford. After five years, he re-entered politics and for eight continuous years (1927-1934) he was elected and returned as Reeve of Tavistock.

After leaving politics in 1934, he was appointed Superintendent for Highway 19 from Tavistock to Hickson and Highway 97 from Hickson to Washington. He also served as a member of the Tavistock Public Utilities Commission from 1933 until 1943 when ill health forced his retirement.

Andrew Baechler also contributed to the formation of the Oxford County Ex-Warden’s Association in 1933 and was a member of the executive from 1935-1943. He served as Vice-President from 1943 until his death on June 22nd 1945.

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The records associated with this fonds were in the possession of the Baechler family. Glen H. Baechler, a grandson of the late Andrew Baechler, acquired these materials through the years and created the corresponding family history as part of a presentation at a family reunion in 2006. These records were donated to the County of Oxford Archives on April 11, 2007.

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The fonds consists of various materials relating to the history of the Baechler family, Oxford County (in particular East Zorra Township and the Village of Tavistock) and South Easthope. Such materials include:

Family History entitled “Life and Times of Andrew Baechler” (two copies)

Exert from the booklet “A History of the East Zorra Amish Mennonite Church, 1837-1977” re.
Andrew Baechler (+ copy)

Deeds, Titles, Mortgages and Ownership of Lot 34, Concession 14, East Zorra Township and Lot 16,
Concession 3, South Easthope, as well as corresponding family history (property belonged to Joseph
S. and Anna Baechler)

Photographs (8) of Andrew Baechler and family

Business card – A. Baechler and Son, Ford Sales and Service

Auction Sale Bill for the Baechler estate

Original and copies of Death Notices – Baechler family

Newspaper articles related to Andrew Beachler and family

The Joseph Baechler Family History and Genealogy

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Some Material requires conservation work.

Immediate source of acquisition

The County of Oxford Archives acquired the fonds from Glen H. Baechler on April 11, 2007.


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  • Canadian English

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The fonds is open to public research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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At this time, no detailed finding aid is available. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

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RG2 – County of Oxford fonds.

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