PART II.-NEW GERMANY, ST. BONIFACE CHURCH.
SECTION I.-THE CHURCH.
CHAPTER I.-THE LOCATION OF NEW GERMANY.
The Village of New Germany (Little Germany) is situated near the northwest corner of Waterloo Township, about nine miles northeast of Berlin, the county town, and as far northwest of Guelph, the county seat of Wellington. It lies on a cross-road in a level plain. The cross-road running north goes up a rather steep hill for a few rods. On its top are the parish buildings, dominating the whole country for miles in every direction. On the east side of this road are the cemetery, church, and rectory, on the west side the school and
The parish extends north into the Townships of Woolwich and Pilkington eight to nine miles, eastward two or three miles into Guelph Township, south to Kossuth about six miles, west about four miles to the Grand River, on which are situated the Villages of Breslau, Bloomingdale, Winterbourne and Montrose. The Grand Trunk Railway passes New Germany about three miles south, with Breslau the nearest station about four and a half miles to the southwest. The Canadian Pacific from Guelph to Goderich passes the village about three miles to the northeast, with Weissenburg the nearest station, about three miles distant. The Grand Trunk Line to Palmerston is also about three miles away, with Marden as its nearest station.
The land is rolling, very fertile and well cultivated. Originally it belonged to the German Land Company like the rest of the Township. The farms along the Grand River were all taken up by Pennsylvania Mennonites in the beginning of the nineteenth century. As to the climate of the district, Father Holzer cannot praise it enough. He declares that during the first nine months of his residence here they had only one funeral, and that was of a man 84 years old. That the healthfulness of the climate has not changed for the worse since is evident from the fact that three brothers, named Thomas, Joseph, and Martin, Hummel, who were among the early settlers, lived to be 99, 95 and 86 years old respectively.