Uffelman Family

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Uffelman Family

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The Uffelman family has a long history in the Kitcehner/Waterloo region. Jacob Uffelman (b. 1860) purchased the Ontario Seed Company in 1911, which continues to be one of Canada’s largest suppliers of wholesale seeds, and was Mayor of Waterloo from 1904-1905. Jacob and his wife Eliza nee Elsley (1865-1930) had four sons and a daughter: William (b. 1889), Orley (b. 1891), Walter (b. 1893), Sheldon (b. 1894), and Gladys (b. 1895). Sheldon, William and Orley all served in the First World War. Sheldon was killed at Ypres in November 1917, and his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate. William and Orley survived the war. The Uffelman Fonds, which includes a digital collection of the First World War letters of Sheldon, William, and Orly, are courtesy of descendants Scott Uffelman and Clare Martin.

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