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Frederick C. (Fritz) Schneider was born in Emmendingen, Germany in 1897. He served in the First World War before pursuing a doctorate degree in law at the age of 21. He graduated in 1920 from the Albert-Ludwig-Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In the same year, Mathilde (Thilde) Hölscher, born in 1895, completed her doctorate in medicine, also from the Albert-Ludwig-Universität. The two married in 1921 in Herne, Germany, where Thilde was born and raised. In 1922 Thilde gave birth to their eldest son, Hans, followed by their second child, Fred, in 1925. In 1926, Fritz and approximately 20 other families made the group purchase of farmland near Lockport, Manitoba, Canada. Fritz, Thilde and their two children emigrated from Germany to Canada in 1927, where they co-founded the Society Farms and Little Britain community. In 1928, their daughter Marianne was born, and in 1929, another daughter, Edith. Marianne was tragically killed c. 1930-31 in a farm-related accident. Just a few months later, son Wilfred was born. The date of birth for Fritz and Thilde's youngest child, Norbert (Bert), is unknown. From 1939 to 1942, Fritz was interned in four different locations: in Kananaskis (Alberta), City Jail (Manitoba), Petawawa (Ontario) and Gagetown (New Brunswick). During this time, Thilde and Fritz both petitioned for hearings and his release. Sometime after he was released, Fritz and his family relocated to Quebec to start a business venture. An exact date for the name change from Schneider to Snyder is unknown, but likely took place during or shortly after the Second World War. Fritz and Thilde remained in Quebec until Fritz's retirement in 1977, when the two relocated to Mexico. Thilde died in 1980, and Fritz spent much of his time in Mexico, coming back to Quebec sporadically. He was residing in Quebec upon his death in 1992. Four of their five adult children have since died: Hans c. 2003; Edith in 2007; Wilfred in 2012; and Fred in 2013.
Emmendingen, Germany - birthplace of Fritz Schneider, 1897
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany - place of study, Fritz and Thilde Schneider; c. 1917-1920
Herne, Germany - Thilde's birthplace (1895), location of Fritz and Thilde's wedding (1921)
Little Britain, Manitoba, Canada - location of Society Farms, founded in part by Fritz Schneider and first place of residence for the Schneider family in Canada; 1927-1942
Quebec, Canada - place of residence for Schneider (now Snyder) family c. 1942-1977; Fritz returned here prior to his death, n.d.
Mexico - place of residence for Fritz and Thilde Snyder; 1977-n.d. (periodically moved between Quebec and Mexico after Thilde's death)
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Angela Carlson created this authority record in September 2023.