In my family, we’ve been having a number of birthday celebrations lately and cake seems to have been a recurring menu item in my household. A few weeks ago, as I stood in Norris Bakery on Frederick Street, waiting to pick up a birthday cake, I noticed photographs of the Dietrich Bakery on the wall. Curious, I rediscovered these photographs in the Waterloo Historical Society collection and wanted to share them with you.
This is a photograph of the Foundry Street location of Dietrich Bakery in Berlin (now Kitchener), ca. 1899.
The above image is of the oven room of the Dietrich Bakery on King Street East. Henry A. Dietrich, owner, stands in business suit to the far left.
Dietrich’s Bakery was established in January 1899 by Henry A. Dietrich in Berlin. He opened his first bakery on Foundry (now Ontario) Street. The location of the bakery had changed to 86 King Street East in the 1901-1903 city directory. By 1917, the Dietrich Bakery was producing over 1,000,000 loaves annually. The bakery operated for many years at King and Scott Streets, where the Eaton’s Department store was once located. Dietrich’s Bakery was known for its bread and cakes. Henry Dietrich sold his bakery in 1946 to Weston’s, which now operates a large plant on Victoria Street.
In a 1973 Waterloo Historical Society article, Sandy Baird recalled growing up near the Dietrich Bakery and its “calorie-packed fragrance” with fond memories of the installation of their donut making equipment.