Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00259 2B Annex - Oelschlager Family Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00259 2B Annex


Oelschlager Family Papers


  • 1813-1901 (Creation)

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1 box and mapcase (6 cm)

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Biographical history

William Oelschlager was born in German, but by the early 1860s was living in Canada. He was a Justice of the Peace as well as a proprietor of a tobacco factory in Berlin, Ont. Later he was manager of the Economical Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Berlin. From 1879 until his death in 1893, he served as the town treasurer. In 1881, he escorted four invited German delegates to Manitoba to study its potential for agricultural settlement, filing a report to John H. Pope, the Canadian Minister of Agriculture.

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Gift of Mrs. T.C. Brown, 1986.

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Consists of papers relating to the family of William Oelschlager including correspondence from him to his family, journals of his trips to Manitoba and to Europe, drafts of his report to the Minister of Agriculture and his letter to the Mayor and Council of the town of Berlin, passports of other family members, extract from a birth certificate, autograph albums and two issues of the Daily Telegraph (Berlin) Ont. with an account of his funeral and that of his grand-daughter Martha. Explanatory notes about the Oelschlager Family by his great grand-daughter, Joyce Brown, are included.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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