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Although certain particulars of Charley Feick's life are lost, it is certain that he contributed much to the life of Waterloo in its early days. The first that one hears about this individual is that he was a stage coach driver. Stage coaches were a very much appreciated necessity for transportation of passengers, parcels, and mail in the 1860-1880 time period. Charley worked as a driver on the Waterloo stage line that went from Waterloo to Berlin and on to Preston and then returned. This line was unique in that it scheduled the longest hours of a stage coach line in the area. Starting at Waterloo at 5 am, it carried mail and passengers to connect with the 7 am train in Preston. The return trip would be made, starting at 11 am and reaching Waterloo by 1 pm. Then the stage returned to Preston and, perhaps, if a full load of passengers had gathered at the Kress Hotel, and ticketed for Berlin and Waterloo, it would make another trip north. It is reported that Charley, on these long trips often took a nap relying on his trusty team to negotiate their way in safety. He continued this pattern of work for some twenty odd years.
Later he worked for Snider's grist mill as a teamster transporting wheat by wagon to the mill and flour to railways in Preston and Berlin before this convenience reached Waterloo in the 1880's. In his older age, he was employed by Joseph E. Seagram mainly taking care of horses in the private stables located behind the Seagram mansion on Willow St. Seagram, who died in 1919, never drove a car. Joseph E. Seagram died in 1919 and Charley was one of several lesser beneficiaries mentioned in the will, showing that his services had been appreciated.
Tweedsmuir History, Preston, South Waterloo, Kitchener Public Library.
Marg Rowell et al. Welcome to Waterloo
Waterloo The Hartford of Canada