Pequegnat, Marcel fonds

Pequegnat, Marcel.
Marcel Pequegnat fonds. - 1868-1869, [ca. 1899]-1987, 2008, predominant [ca. 1897]-1961.

ca. 2.6 m of textual records and other material.  


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Marcel Pequegnat (1886-1988) was a civil engineer in Kitchener, Ontario, and spent his professional career with the Kitchener Water Commission as superintendent and consultant. He was also involved in the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company.

Born in Berlin (now Kitchener) to clockmaker Arthur Pequegnat and his wife Hortense, Marcel studied engineering at the University of Toronto. After graduating he taught at the University and worked for several summers for the Berlin City Enginneers. In 1910-1911, he surveyed land in Manitoba, and in 1913, he was appointed assistant city enginneer in Berlin. In 1919, he became superintendent of the Kitchener Water Commission, holding this position until 1957 when he became a consultant until retiring in 1970. Marcel also served for 27 years on the Kitchener Planning Board and for 30 years on the Kitchener Suburban Roads Commission. He was president of the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company from 1940 to 1964, though for most of that time the company was dormant, having ceased clock production by 1942.

Marcel Pequegnat was a founding member of the Grand River Conservation Commission when it formed in 1932 and served as vice-chairman from 1938 to 1952, chairman from 1953-1959, and chief engineer from 1962 to 1965. His period of service with the GRCC coincided with the building of the Shand, Luther, and Conestogo dams.

Marcel Pequegnat was a Life Member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a charter member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and received their Citizenship Award in 1973. He also was awarded Life Membership in the American Waterworks Association. (Source: Varkaris, Jane and Costas, The Pequegnat story: the family and the clocks, Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1982; and Waterloo County Hall of Fame biography on Region of Waterloo website.)

Fonds consists of records accumulated by Marcel Pequegnat in his professional roles as superintendent of the Kitchener Water Commission, vice-chairman of the Grand River Conservation Commission, and president of the Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company; and records collected by him relating to the history of these bodies. Records relating to the Kitchener Water Commission and its predecessor, the Berlin Water Works Company, span from ca. 1887 to 1961, and are mainly from 1898 to the 1930s. Records relating to the Grand River Conservation Commission cover the period from 1939 to 1943. Includes correspondence, contracts and other legal documents, reports, minutes, architectural and technical drawings, photographs and other visual material, press clippings, ephemera, and advertising material.

Fonds is arranged in the following series:
1. The Arthur Pequegnat Clock Company
2. Berlin Water Works Company
3. Board of Water Commissioners of the Town of Berlin
4. Berlin/Kitchener Water Commission
5. Berlin Water Commission : Correspondence
6. Grand River Conservation Commission
7. Visual Material
8. Marcel Pequegnat : Personal
9. Local History

Title from content of the fonds.

Includes 492 photographs, 24 architectural and technical drawings, 3 glass slides, 3 contact prints, 1 printing proof, 1 negative, and 1 CD-ROM.

The extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space occupied by the fonds.

Donated in 2008.

Detailed finding aid available.

Call number: GA 188