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Elmer Battler
Male 1908 - 1945


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  • Birth  11 Mar 1908  Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  1911  New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptist 
    Misfortune  1945 
    murdered by Henry Joseph Dietrich 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-199873 
    Died  13 Jul 1945  [2
    Cause: auto accident 
    Person ID  I199873  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Father  Thomas Ervin Hervy Battler,   b. Feb 1876, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Lucinda Bock,   b. 20 Mar 1881, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F187967  Group Sheet

    Family  Ruby Viola Snider,   b. 1914,   d. 22 Aug 2011, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F42619  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Battler. - Elmer Battler, Kitchener, Ont., was born in Wilmot Twp., March 11, 1908; passed away suddenly as the result of an accident, July 13, 1945; aged 37 y. 4 m. 2 d. He is survived by his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Battler, of Kitchener), his wife (Ruby Viola Snider), one son (David), one daughter (Janice), 6 brothers (Ewart and Ross, of Kitchener; Manson, of Quebec; Lloyd and Ivan, overseas; and Reginald, at home), and 2 sisters (Ethel, of London; and Bertha - Mrs. Leo Scherrer, of Sunnyside). He was known for his quiet demeanor, his kindliness and good will. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, of which he was a member, in charge of the pastor, C. F. Derstine. Theme: "Preparation to Meet Our Maker."1a

      1aGospel Herald - Vol. XXXVIII, No . 20 - August 17, 1945, page 383, 384

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      Second Trial Convicts Man of 1945 Murder

      Kitchener (CP) - Henry Joseph Dietrich, 45, of Kitchener has been found guilty of non-capital murder in the 1945 shooting death of taxi driver Elmer Battler.

      Mr. Justice Haines of the Ontario Supreme Court sentenced Dietrich to life imprisonment but said he will recommend that Dietrich be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. It was Dietrich's second trial in connection with the death of the Kitchener taxi driver July 13, 1945. Mr. Justice Haines said that while evidence indicated that Dietrich was not insane, he had been mentally ill for a long time. Dietrich was first arrested Nov. 23, 1963, in London, Ont.

      He pleaded guilty to a charge of non-capital murder on Sept. 7, 1966, but later was granted a new trial by the Ontario Court of appeal on grounds that he had pleaded guilty to the wrong charge and no jury was empaneled when the plea was taken.2a

      2aOttawa Citizen 20 Sep 1968

  • Sources 
    1. [S346] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wilmot - 1911, Div. 12 Page 13.

    2. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Elmer Battler - August 17, 1945, page 383, 384.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 11 Mar 1908 - Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Baptist - 1911 - New Dundee, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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