Jacob G. Stroh was a well-known Waterloo historian and archaeologist. Born September 25, 1848, child of Henry and Susannah Gaukel, his grandfather was Frederick Gaukel, owner of the Walper Hotel. On May 7, 1870 Stroh married Elisabeth Seiler, with whom he had eight children: Ida, Ella, Edward, Edgar, Edna, Olivia, Albertha and Nathaniel.
Employed by the Breithaupt (Guelph) and Lang tanneries, Stroh established his own tannery on Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. He studied aboriginal history and collected aboriginal artifacts from local farms and forests.
His public service included forty years as a member of the Waterloo Library Board. Stroh died May 23, 1935 and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener.
His collection was donated to Doon Pioneer Village.
The picture to the right shows Stroh with his family.
Jacob Gaukel Stroh glass negatives collection Details