Dunke, Edwin P. fonds

Dunke, Edwin P.

Edwin P. Dunke fonds. - 1894-1933.

45 cm of textual records.

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E.B. Dunke served as treasurer, ca. 1920, of the German Baptist Church of Berlin, also called the Benton St. Baptist Church, located there since 1852. "In 1890 English-speaking Baptists were invited to conduct their services on alternate Sunday evenings and in March, 1918 the German services were discontinued. Two years later the church separated from the Eastern Conference of German Baptist churches to unite with the Ontario and Quebec conference and in the early 1930's declared itself an independent Baptist church. In 1953 it became part of the Fellowship of Evangelical churches in Canada." (Waterloo Historical Society 52 (1964): 82-83).


This fonds contains records relating to Edwin B. Dunke of Kitchener, Ont., the Benton St. Baptist Church, the German Baptist Church of Berlin and the Dunke & Co. grocery store. Other than what is evident from the documents, there is no biographical information available.

Includes accounts of the German Baptist Church from 1894-1923. The volume contains lists of members, including many familiar local names, and statements of accounts. It also contains documents relating to the Benton St. Baptist Church, including annual reports and financial statements ca. 1919-1930. Like many other Kitchener natives, E.B. Dunke seems to have purchased land in Saskatchewan, as documented by one file of correspondence. Edwin Dunke was probably was the proprietor, or part owner, of Dunke and Co., a grocery store at 35 King St. E. between Queen and Benton Streets. The "day books" of this store, complete with customers' names, purchases and store inventories give a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives, diets and purchasing patterns of local families and individuals from 1896 to 1930.


  • Title from content of the fonds.
  • Donated by J. Carter Southampton, Ont. in 2000.
  • Images available in GA 92 Series 8 File 11-9: two images: copy negatives of the exterior and interior of Dunke & Co. grocery store.

Call number: GA 128