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  • 1855-1973 (Vervaardig)

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(1850-1972)

Institutionele geschiedenis

The Township of Waterloo was incorporated effective January 1, 1850 under the terms of the Baldwin Act, Chapter 81, Canada Statutes, 1849. The Township formed part of the County of Wellington until the County of Waterloo was established in 1852.

Reeve of Waterloo Township, Dr. John Scott, was elected as the first County Warden of the County of Waterloo. The Waterloo Township Hall was located in Berlin. The Township was annexed by the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo under the terms of The Regional Municipality of Waterloo Act, Ontario Statutes 1972, Chapter 105.

The history of Waterloo Township, like many townships in Ontario, involves numerous changes in territorial boundaries. From 1800 to 1816 it was officially known as Block 2 and was situated in West Riding, York County in the Home District. In 1816 the township was transferred to the Gore District which was formed from townships from the Home and the Niagara Districts. While a part of the Gore District, the area was given the name of Waterloo Township, after the victory that ended the Napoleonic wars. In 1840 Waterloo Township became part of the new Wellington District that consisted of townships from both the Gore and the Home District. Its boundaries were altered once again when all districts in Upper Canada were abolished by the Municipal Act of 1849. As of 1850, Wellington District was replaced with the County of Waterloo, which included Waterloo Township. Two years later, the County of Waterloo was divided into several smaller counties: Waterloo, Wellington and Grey. The new County of Waterloo included the townships of Waterloo Wilmot, Woolwich, Wellesley, and the new Township of North Dumfries. The creation of township and county councils in 1852, such as the Waterloo County Council, was very important for Waterloo Township as it provided the area with a certain element of self-government. This influence over local affairs continued until 1972 when the township was dissolved. The 1850s were indeed a period of considerable change for the township. Between 1852 and 1859 Preston, Berlin, Waterloo and New Hope, later known as Hespeler, left the Township and became what were known as “incorporated villages”, which had the advantage of being able to exercise greater control over local matters and were increasingly independent of the Township council. For the remainder of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, Waterloo Township did not experience any notable alterations in its territory. This changed with the onset of suburban growth which began during the 1940s. During the late 1950s, as the cities and towns of Waterloo County became increasingly urbanized and expanded beyond their boundaries, large tracts of farmland in the Township were used for the creation of new subdivisions. The development of suburbs in the Township placed increased pressure upon the Township government and also upon Township resources as the residents of the suburbs had to be provided with a variety of services such as an adequate supply of water and satisfactory sewer connections. Despite the efforts of the Township, the size of Waterloo Township was gradually reduced over the ensuing twenty years as the surrounding towns and cities annexed portions of the Township. During the 1950s urban municipalities annexed over 11,350 acres and in the 1960s approximately 12,700 acres were transferred from the Township to the surrounding urban areas. This included the creation of the new village of Bridgeport which was incorporated in 1951. In 1956-1957 the City of Kitchener proposed the annexation of nearly 12,608 acres. The residents of Waterloo Township opposed the annexation and took the matter to the Ontario Municipal Board, which determined that Kitchener would incorporate 3,835 acres. After several minor adjustments were made, Kitchener ultimately annexed only 3,770 acres in January 1958. During the late 1960s several planning boards were established in an effort to address the various issues that arose due to the rapid expansion of the cities and the difficulties encountered by both the residents of suburbs and the Township government. Waterloo Township was represented not only on the Kitchener-Waterloo and Suburban Planning Board, but also on the planning boards of Preston, Waterloo, and Hespeler. After much deliberation, it was concluded that the best solution was to dissolve the Township. It was also during this period that the restructuring of Waterloo County was contemplated, sparked in large measure by the Fyfe Commission Report in 1970. At the end of December 1972 the dissolution of Waterloo Township was officially completed with the remaining territory divided amongst the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Woolwich Township, which formed part of the new Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

1: By-laws. – 1914 - 1972. 48 cm.

This series consists of the active bylaws of the Township of Waterloo that pertained to the City of Kitchener and which were transferred after the dissolution of the Township in 1972.  It also includes a list of by-laws.

An index of by-laws is available in Appendix A.

2: Financial Records. – 1943-1950. 2 cm.

This series consist of a ledger of the Township of Waterloo.

An index of the ledger is available in Appendix B.

APPENDIX A
Series 1: By-laws

By-Law Subject Volume/Item Box
5A Kolb Drain 1-1 10735
26A Edna Street Extension 1-1 10735
68A Establish a Road 1-1 10735
69A Road Closing, Glasgow to Erb 1-1 10735
140A East Ward Drain 1-1 10735
164A Wilmot Street Watermain 1-2 10735
165A Road Closing, Freeport to Grand River 1-2 10735
171A Road Closing, Lot 124 G.C.T. 1-2 10735
182A Road Closing, Lot 12, B.B. F. 1-2 10735

183A Road Closing, Lot 116, G.C.T. 1-2 10735
184A Road Closing, Biehns Tract 1-2 10735
232A Knarr-Hoerle Drain 1-2 10735
281A Road Closing 1-3 10735
298A Construct St. Leger Street 1-3
10735
299A Construct Union Street 1-3 10735
306A Extension of Waterloo Street, Bridgeport 1-3 10735
310A Road Closing, Lot 12, B.B.F. 1-3 10735
325A Road Closing, Reg. Plan 190 1-3 10735
391A Establish Glasgow Street Extension 1-4 10735
429A Road Closing, Lots 9, 10, 11, Biehns Tract 1-4 10735
436A To establish Edmund Street 1-4 10735
453A Agreement re: Smithville Street Lights 1-4 10735
457A Road Closing, Del Monte Avenue 1-4 10735
481A Establish Ross Avenue 1-4 10735
518A Widen Florence Avenue 1-4 10735
536A Watermain, Doon Road 1-5 10735
574A Watermain, Oxford Street 1-5 10735
575A Watermain in Bridgeprot 1-5 10735
576A Watermain, Lawrence Avenue 1-5 10735
577A Watermain, Victoria Street 1-5 10735
578A Watermain, McKenzie 1-5 10735
579A Watermain, Shoemaker Ave. 1-5 10735
580A Watermain, Rockway Dr. 1-5 10735
581A Watermain, Ottawa Street 1-5 10735
601A Watermain, Alice Avenue 1-6 10735
608A Watermain, Oak St. Bridgeport 1-6 10735
609A Watermain, Queens Blvd 1-6 10735
619A Watermain, Lawrence Ave. 1-6 10735
626A Watermain, Bridge Street 1-6 10735
638A Road Closing, Herman Street 1-6 10735
654A Watermain, Victoria St. S. 1-6 10735
655A Watermain, Victoria St. 1-7 10735
656A Watermain, Edwin Street 1-7 10735
657A Watermain, Glasgow Rd. 1-7 10735
658A Watermain, Edmund St. 1-7 10735
659A Watermain, Raymond Rd. 1-7 10735
660A Watermain, Rockway Dr. 1-7 10735
661A Watermain, Hamel Ave. 1-7 10735
662A Watermain, Hamel Ave. 1-7 10735
663A Watermain, Edwin Street 1-7 10735
664A Watermain, Edmund St. 1-7 10735
665A Watermain, Raymond Rd. 1-8 10735
666A Watermain, Rockway Dr. 1-8 10735
667A Watermain, Edna Street 1-8 10735
668A Watermain, Glenview Rd. 1-8 10735
672A Watermain, North Drive 1-8 10735
673A Watermain, North Drive 1-8 10735
674A Watermain, Woodlawn Road 1-8 10735
675A Watermain, Queens Blvd. 1-8 10735
676A Watermain, Glen Road 1-8 10735
677A Watermain, Highland Rd. W. 1-9 10735
678A Watermain, Marlborough Ave. 1-9 10735

679A Watermain, Spadina Rd. 1-9 10735
680A Watermain, South Drive 1-9 10735
681A Watermain, Marlborough Ave. 1-9 10735
682A Watermain, South Drive 1-9 10735
683A Watermain, Glen Road 1-9 10735
684A Watermain, Woodlawn Ave. 1-9 10735
685A Watermain, Highland Rd. W. 1-9 10735

686A Watermain, Spadina Road 1-10 10735
687A Watermain, W. Queensmount Cres. 1-10 10735
688A Watermain, Krug Street 1-10 10735
689A Watermain, Becker Street 1-10 10735
690A Watermain, Edna Street 1-10 10735
691A Watermain, Bellview 1-10 10735
692A Watermain, Karn Street 1-10 10735
693A Watermain, Lawrence Avenue 1-10 10735
694A Watermain, Glenview 1-11 10735
695A Watermain, Victoria Street 1-11 10735
696A Sanitary Sewer, Krug St. 1-11 10735
697A Sanitary Sewer, Bellview 1-11 10735
698A Sanitary Sewer, Becker Street 1-11 10735
699A Sanitary Sewer, Bellview 1-11 10735
706A Sanitary Sewer Ephriam Street 1-11 10735
737A Road Closing, Camp Ave. 1-11 10735
818A Watermain, King Street E. 1-11 10735
819A Sanitary Sewer, King Street E. 1-11 10735
827A Establish Road, Lot 54 G.C.T. 2-1 10858
842A Close Limerick Cemetery 2-1 10858
878A Restricted area by-law-O.M.B. board order approval in file 2-2 10858
897A Newspaper ad re: notice of hearing 2-3 10858
900A Subdivision Control Eastmount Subdivision 2-3 10858
904A Amendment to restricted area by-law 2-3 10858
931A Board order approval in file 2-3 10858
938A Subdivision Control 2-3 10858
967 Road Closing, Rothsay Street 2-3 10858
969 Road Widening, #39A 2-4 10858
976 Road Widening, Matthew Street 2-4 10858
987 Conveyance of Lands to City of Kitchener 2-4 10858
1009 Road Closing, Lots 10, 11 Biehns Tract 2-4 10858
1038 Widening Roads 6 and 33 2-4
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1047 Emergency Measures Property 2-4 10858
1049 Widening Road #31 2-4 10858
1056 Widening Road #39 2-4 10858
1061 Widening Road #41 2-5 10858
1074 Widening Road #4 2-5 10858
1082 Widening Road #30 2-5 10858
1094 Widening Road #31A 2-5 10858
1095 Widening Road #31 2-5 10858
1096 Widening Road #29 2-5 10858
1106 Closing Limerick Cemetery 2-6 10858
1107 Establish Cemetery at Pioneer Village 2-6 10858
1109 Establish Greensview Dr. 2-6 10858
1110 Centennial Project 2-6 10858
1111 Widening Road #21 2-6 10858
1113 Closing portion of Road #21 2-6 10858
1116 Widening Road #21 2-6 10858
1132 Widening Road #4 2-6 10858
1133 Centennial Project 2-7 10858
1140 Widening Road #21 2-7 10858
1142 Amendment to 878A –Zoning re: definitions 2-7 10858
1156 Establish Greensview Dr. 2-7 10858
1157 Widening Road #6 2-7 10858
1159 Road Closing 2-7 10858
1162 Widening Road #39 2-8 10858
1176 Road Closing, Chalmers Street 2-8 10858
1182 Re: Hilda Shoniker 2-8 10858
1183 Amendment to Zoning By-law 878A 2-8 10858
1188 Widening Road #4 2-8 10858
1192 Re: Herman Walter 2-9 10858
1195 Widening Road #14 2-9 10858
1197 Widening Road #15 2-9 10858
1201 Widening Road, Doon 2-9 10858
1213 Township of Waterloo Procedural By-law 2-9 10858
1218 Widening Forwell Road 2-9 10858
1223 Widening Roads 31 and 31A 2-9 10858
1226 Establish Centennial Rd. 2-10 10858
1228 Closing Pioneer Village Cemetery 2-10 10858
1230 To extend Rothsay St. 2-10 10858
1232 Re: Edgehill Drive 2-10 10858
1233 Re: Public Highway 2-10 10858
1234 Widening Road #6 2-10 10858
1239 Local Improvement, Highway #7 Watermain 2-10 10858
1240 Trench Excavation Protections Act 2-10 10858
1264 Widening Matthew St. 2-10 10858
1270 Widening Road #39 2-11 10858
1271 Road Closing, Plan 640 2-11 10858
1278 Widening Road #6 2-11 10858
1289 Watermain Debenture 2-11 10858
1314 Road Closing, Lots 8 B.B.F. 2-11 10858
1315 Road Closing, Wilson Rd 2-11 10858
1329 School Board Nominations 2-12 10858
1336 Re: By-law 1315 2-12 10858
1367 Widening Road #27 2-12 10858
1368 Widening Road #27 2-12 10858
1390 Widening Road #23 2-12 10858
By-law Lists 2-13 10858
By-law copies 5-232 1914-1927 4-1 14535
By-law copies 281-427 1931-1941 4-2 14535
By-law copies 574-601 1947-1948 4-3 14535
By-law copies 655-665 1951-1951 4-4 14535
By-law copies 667-680 1951-1951 4-5 14535
By-law copies 681-694 1951-1951 4-6 14535
By-law copies 695-819 1951-1957 4-7 14535
By-law copies 827-1162 1960-1966 4-8 14535
By-law copies 1176-1223 1967-1968 4-9 14535
By-law copies 1226-1368 1968-1972 4-10 14535

Appendix B
Series 2: Financial Records

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Township of Waterloo Ledger 3-1 12719

Note: Other by-laws from the Township are at the Kitchener Public Library and can be viewed on Archeion

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Fonds contains records created by the Township of Waterloo from 1850 to 1972. The records include agendas, minutes, journals of proceedings and by-laws, financial records, assessment rolls, collector's rolls, by-laws, contracts, agreements, correspondence, voters lists, dog tax lists, tavern petitions, and public notices. The fonds is comprised of the following series:

Township of Waterloo Committee of Adjustment minutes, 1963-1972
Township of Waterloo Committee of Adjustment applications for consent, 1965-1972
Township of Waterloo Committee of Adjustment administrative records, 1962-1970
Township of Waterloo journals of proceedings and by-laws, 1889-1896
Township of Waterloo minutes of meetings for selection of jurors, 1879-1886
Township of Waterloo Committee of the Whole minutes, 1965-1972
Township of Waterloo Standing Committee minutes, 1854-1964
Waterloo Township Planning Board minutes, 1948-1972
Statutes of Upper Canada, 1853
Township of Waterloo roads ledger, 1945-1972
Township of Waterloo journal of transactions and explanations, 1966-1972
Township of Waterloo consolidated by-laws, 1913
Township of Waterloo by-laws, 1854-1972
Township of Waterloo road by-law index cards, ca. 1972
Township of Waterloo assessment rolls, 1853-1970
Township of Waterloo assessment field books, 1956-1960
Township of Waterloo collector's rolls, 1854-1960
Township of Waterloo election material, 1899-1948
Township of Waterloo debentures, 1920-1978
Township of Waterloo contract and agreements, 1855-1914
Clerk Gordon Cooper correspondence, 1973-1976
Township of Waterloo auditor's reports, 1970
Township of Waterloo accounts ledger, 1953-1972
Township of Waterloo road operations, 1967-1972
Township of Waterloo collector's report to treasurer of taxes received, 1944-1956
Township of Waterloo women voters assessment rolls, 1921-1922
Township of Waterloo voters lists, 1855-1879
Township of Waterloo dog tax list, 1866-1867
Township of Waterloo Council minutes, 1879-1972
Township of Waterloo Clerk’s Department, 1855-1973
Local Board of Health for the Township of Waterloo minutes, 1891-1960
Local Board of Health for the Township of Waterloo correspondence, 1952
Township of Waterloo petitions for licensing inns and tavers, 1853-1854
Township of Waterloo receipts, 1850-1853
List of Quakers, Menonites, [sic], and Tunkers liable to pay exempt money, 1852

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