Fourth Generation Builders
Johnann Christopher Nauss finally set
foot on Halifax soil in 1752. He left his home, located
in Palheinhe, from Rottingham, Germany, aboard 'The Gale'
on January 9. He arrived in Halifax eight months later on
September 6. Johnann's wife, Elizabeth Westhaver, had been
in Canada one year. Together they started this country's
Bennett James Nauss came to Bridgewater
from Lunenburg as a young man at the turn-of-the-century.
Building houses was labour intensive, from site preparation
to the moving-in-day.
It could take a week to excavate a small
cellar using a pick and shovel. Transporting building materials
by horse and wagon was challenging at the best of times.
B.J. Nauss was known to make a raft out of the house frames.
He loaded it with building materials, and floated it down
the river to Riverport at one-and-a-half-miles an hour.
Bennett Nauss was the father of five daughters
and six sons: Charlie, Clarence and Ronnie, and now deceased:
Fred, Murray, Charlie,and Russel. The brothers started to
follow in their father's footsteps as soon as they were
old enough to swing a hammer.
During the Depression, all businesses
fell off, including B.J.Nauss'. Mr Nauss finally decided
to retire. When Clarie came home from after World War II,
the boys started the business up again from scratch.
Some of the Nauss children and grandchildren
have chosen to join the family business. They include Andy,
Gregory (deceased), Jeffrey, Michael, Mitchell, Stephen,
Kurt, Shawn, Paul, Stephen Hagen and son-in-law John Berry.
Throughout the decades, the Nauss
Brothers have specialized in dwellings by contract, and at
times speculation. All contracted homes are custom built to
the customer's choice and specifications.
The rapid growth of Nauss Brothers Limited
is a testimony of sound partnership and good business principles.
The brothers compliment their construction business as licensed
real estate dealers and renters of heavy equipment.
Nauss Brothers have built many of the
area's commercial ventures including the Search and Rescue
building, the new South Shore Veterinary Clinic, the New
Germany Liquor Store and the Rosedale Home for Special Care.