Antique Corner Table Made by John George Reiner made around 1858. John lived in Wellesley, ON
It is in impeccable condition for its age. It is all solid wood.
It measures 29" tall x 24" diameter. It is affixed with a brass plate stating the builder John George Reiner.
I have the complete Historical record of John George Reiner's History printed out for you.
I stumbled across John's life history if you will and I will share it below if you wish. It attaches a man and his history to this table he made over 150 years ago.
This table has an amazing history. It was made by a fellow named John George Reiner who was born in the black Forest of Germany in 1832. He emigrated to Canada in October 1852 and landed off a ship in Hamilton, ON harbor. He and two companions then walked from Hamilton, ON and arrived into Berlin, ON now called Kitchener on October 18th. 1852, ON. He spent his last Schilling at the Gaukel's Tavern now known as the Walper Terrace Hotel at the corner of King St. and Queen Street. Then it was just a small frame hotel on the corner.
In the morning he left the Gaukel Hotel without breakfast as he was broke and walked to Manneheim, ON to meet up with his Dad who had already arrived to the region a year earlier than John Reiner.
He started work at a at the factory where his father was working. It was a Fanning Mill and furniture manufacturer owned by Isaac Shantz. John Reiner stated that at the time in the 1800's Manneheim was more important a place then than it is today. Isaac Shantz also had a sawmill there and a second sawmill was also owned by Jacob Bricker who after leaving Manneheim started the Foundry in Kitchener, ON (then Berlin) manufacturing farm Equipment parts and later turned into the Waterloo Manufacturing Company.
A year later after John Reiner's father returned to Germany, John traveled to Illinois USA and built farms and houses.
In 1858 John returned to Ontario at Goderich, ON off a steam boat. He walked to a arduous journey through Lucknow and Walkerton than arrived to Neustadt, ON. John said it was a "Hard Travel mostly through bush with plenty of mosquitoes and few roads, which was quite a change from the prairies of Illinois".
During his 8 years in Neustadt, ON John built a dam on the saugeen and a sawmill.
He then left Neustadt and headed to Smithville, ON now called Wellesley, ON.in mid summer 1866 at the age of 51 years old. There he built the first unit of the Woolen mill. he bought a Flour mill from Lorenz Doering.
After operating the Woolen Mill and Flour Mill for a few years John Reiner built another dam, sawmill, a Stave and Heading Plant and the first part of the general Store that currently sits in Wellesley today. He States that he has built over 32 structures of one kind or another in connection with his business and ventures and life achievements. He also helped organize the Wellesley and north Easthope Agricultural Society and it's site and buildings of today.
I am in the Eastbridge Area of Waterloo near Rim park just 4 minutes off the expressway (Hwy#85) and University Ave east exit.
Also I can get this delivered to an Oakville location (Also close to Burlington & Bronte ) for pick up near the intersection of Rebecca St. & Jones St. just a 4 minutes off the QEW South on Bronte Road.