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Pioneer Tower / Doon Pioneer Cemetery, Waterloo County , ON

Street Address: Lookout Lane
Community: Kitchener
Township: Waterloo Township (Concession B.F., Lot 12)
Locality: Waterloo County
Municipality: Kitchener
Province: ON
GPS: 43.400129,-80.416562

Registered to Parks Canada.

Plaque 1: Waterloo Pioneers
In the year 1800 a small number of Mennonite families arrived from Pennsylvania to settle Block 2, former Six Nations land along the Grand River. Others, mainly Mennonites, followed during the next three years until problems regarding ownership of the land curtailed the migration. Representatives were sent back to Pennsylvania to raise the money necessary to secure clear title to the land, with the result that a joint stock company was formed and 60,000 acres purchased. Pennsylvania 'Dutch' settlers quickly took up this land, creating the first sizeable inland settlement in Upper Canada.

Plaque 2: Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada
In the Spring of 1800, Joseph Schoerg and Samuel Betzner, Jr., brothers-in-law, Mennonites, from Franklin COunty, Pennsylvania, began the first two farms in the County of Waterloo; Schoerg on land adjoining this farm, Betzner on the West bank of the River, three miles downstream.
In the same year came Samuel Betzner, Sr., who took up a farm including this site.
Other settlers followed and in 1805 a company formed in Pennsylvania purchased 60,000 acres, the German Company Tract comprising the greater part of Block 2, Grand River Indian Lands, now Waterloo Township. This constituted the first larger settlement in the then far interior of Upper Canada.
Erected 1925.

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