An E-mail from Glady's Piper October 21 2007
I don`t have any copies of my Spetz research here at my house but I can give you a brief history on the Spetz family.
Annie Spetz`s parents originally settled in Alsace,but because of the isolation they moved back to the Kitchener area. (I believe their names were Joseph & Mary Spetz.)
There were 4 Spetz children.
Annie Spetz was a Registered Nurse,she nursed for a time in the U.S. and in Toronto.
William Spetz ,lived in Powassan,he was a Notary Public,a Watchmaker,Jeweller and Optician and sold Insurance.
He died in 1909, If you remember L.F.Robertson he took over Wm Spetz`s Notary & Insurance buisness after his death.
It is believed Spetz St in Powassan, is named after Wm.
Theobold Spetz was a priest,in Berlin (Kitchener) he had three degrees,also spent time in Rome. and has written some books.
Matida Spetz married a Walton and lived in the U.S.
Her children (grandchildren) were willed the Estate of Annie Spetz`s at Alsace and immediately sold it to some out of town Hunt Club.
The story goes the original Spetz house at Alsace was moved on rollers to the Alsace church and is the part we know as the vestry & the History Room today.
Annie kept the Alsace property and I just found a notation in an old newspaper that reads;
Messrs Jos.Livingstone & Wm.Taylor are at Alsace putting up a residence for Miss Spetz.
Josie Stevens that lived on the Alsace Road was a friend with Annie Spetz. One day when I visited Josie to do an interwiew to see what she could tell me about the old Barrett Church,she said to me come out to the kitchen, she said up in the cupboard I have something I want to give to you. We needed a ladder and I climbed up a couple of steps and she told me there is silver
candle holder there that belonged to Annie Spetz,I want you to have it. I was just so surprised to actually have something that belonged to Annie Spetz,I grew up hearing about her but I never ever met her.
That candle holder that holds three candles is in the History Room.
When Annie retired she lived at Alsace,and along the way the roads were changed and her home became isolated. Fran Young the mailman was good to her by doing her errands for her,groceries etc.
Anne was a strict catholic and visited the Alsace church each day. Steve Busch made Annie a pair of ski`s which she used to ski to the church in the winter months. (there is photo of her with her ski`s. At one point in her later years she became lost in the woods when picking berries. When she hadn`t picked up her mail for a few days,a search party was formed and she was found after spending 2 or 3 nights in the woods. L.F.Robertson looked after her legal papers etc. and she came to his home after being found in the woods. We have a photo of her at that time in the Robertson house.
The photos that came from Stan`s were beautiful but were not named. We have added names who we think they might be, but with question marks.
The Spetz`s are all buried in Kitchener.
A colourful family for sure.
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