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Henry Hass Meyer

Male 1866 - 1922  (56 years)


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  • Name Henry Hass Meyer 
    Born 22 Jan 1866  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Interesting crime, murder, story 
    Residence 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Carpenter 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Repair Man, Shop 
    Residence 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Baptist 
    Misfortune 1922 
    killed wife - committed suicide by gun. 
    Name Harry H. Meyer 
    Residence 1922  116 Benton St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-36368 
    Died 21 Apr 1922  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I36368  Generations
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 

    Father John George "George" Meyer,   b. 1820, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1893  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Angeline Haas,   b. 1827, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1894  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1849  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F6603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Weis,   b. 16 Aug 1873, Williamsburg (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1922, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Children 
     1. Burton G. Meyer,   b. 27 May 1894, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Melvin Herbert Meyer,   b. 27 Nov 1896, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1976  (Age 79 years)
     3. Lorne H. Meyer,   b. 8 Sep 1898, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Erma Mynetta Meyer,   b. 28 Aug 1902, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Eldon Meyer,   b. Apr 1905, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lewella Meyer,   b. Jul 1908, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F9596  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Double Tragedy Enacted on Benton Street Today

      H.H. MEYER KILLS WIFE AND THEN TURNS GUN ON HIMSELF

      Family Quarrel of Some Standing Cause of Tragedy at 115 Benton Street at 2.45 o'clock This Afternoon; Were in Act of Separating

      MEYER NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE.

      H. H. Meyer, local repair man of Foundry street shot and killed his wife at their home, 115 Benton street, at 2.45 o'clock this afternoon with a double barrelled shot gun and then turned the gun on himself. Death of Mrs. Meyer was instantaneous. Meyer only succeeded in wounding himself but it is not expected he will pull through.

      The tragedy is the result of a family quarrel of extending over a period of time. This afternoon following an agreement to separate, Mrs. Meyers was moving her effects from the house when the husband who had evidently been quarrelling with her over the moving went for the shot gun and coming back opened fire on his wife. The shot took effect in the centre of the woman's chest tearing a large hole in the vicinity of the heart.

      He then turned the gun on himself, the charge going thru his chest entering at the lower ribs on the side. Meyers dropped to the floor but he was still living at 3.30. No hope for his recovery is held out.

      Ben Warren of 111 Strange street who has doing the moving for Mrs. Meyers heard the two shots which followed in quick succession of each other and running into the house found man and wife lying on the floor the blood running from their wounds. He immediately phoned police, Chief O'Neill, Deputy Chief Grasser and P.C. Kraft immediately responding to the call.
      The coroner was called, but it is not thought an inquest will be necessary

      The Daily Record 17 Apr 1922

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      Wife Murderer Lives; Chance of Recovery


      H.H. MEYER AT K.-W. HOSPITAL EXPRESSES DESIRE TO DIE


      "Now You've Got It" Were Words Of Former Repair Man After He Saw Gun Charge Tear Gaping Hole In His Wife's Chest

      HAD WORDS OVER KITCHEN CLOCK

      H. H. Meyer, who yesterday afternoon shot and killed his wife and then turned the double barreled(sic) shot gun on himself, was still alive at the K.-W. Hospital this noon and somewhat improved, according to a report received from the hospital by the Record. Meyer is in a fully conscious condition and seems to realize his position. He has expressed a wish to die.

      According to information received from the hospital, the record was informed that it will be a miracle if Meyer lives. The fact that he has rallied to such an extent as to express a wish to die is considered extraordinary when the extent of his wound is considered. The self inflicted charge entered Meyer's body at the lower section of the ribs on the left side tearing a hole upward toward the heart. The first shot he fired, in an effort to terminate his own life, went astray and took effect in the wall of the room in which his attempted suicide took place.

      Business Sold Out

      H. H. Meyer sold his business on Foundry street in March, 1921. to Herbert Lautenschlager who has been conducting the same ever since, retaining however the name Meyer Repair Shop. Since the sale Mr. Meyer had been living retired.

      Revolting Tragedy

      "Now you've got it." were the words that Henry H. Meyer used yesterday afternoon when he saw that the charge from the double barreled shot gun which he used in the murder of his wife had torn a frightful hole in the centre of the woman's chest.

      He turned on the landing of the stairs where he was standing when he fired and ascended to the second floor. He fired two more shots the second tearing its way thru his left side, fracturing the ribs and leaving a horrible rent.

      The revolting scene was witnessed by Ben Warren, a local transport man, who had been called in by Mrs. Meyer to move her effects from the house at 115 Benton street, at which the shooting occurred. Interviewed by the Record this morning Warren stated that he received a phone call at his house, 111 Strange street shortly before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, A woman voice came from the phone asking him if he could call at 115 Benton street in half an hour to move some articles of furniture. It was about 2: 30 o'clock when Warren arrived at the house.

      The door was opened by H. H. Meyer who later enacted the lurid tradegy (sic)

      Met Truckman

      Mr. Warren asked Meyer if their was furniture to be moved from the house and Meyer replied that he knew nothing about it. Warren stated that he was sure that he had called at the right number and Meyer suggested that he call next door.

      Warren did this but the people next door knew nothing about anyone wishing to move.

      Made Inquiries

      Warren then went several houses down the street to a place where apartments were let to ascertain if by some error he had mistaken the number. At this place he was informed that no one had phoned for his truck. He then returned to the house next door to the Meyer residence and phoned his house to make certain of the street number which was given over the phone. He learned from his house that the number of the street given in the message was 115 Benton street.

      He was about to return to the Meyer residence when he met a daughter of Mrs Meyer on the lawn. She told hm that the lady who ordered him was coming down the opposite side of the street and he went to meet her. Mrs Meyer told him she was moving.

      Warren informed the Record this morning that Mrs. Meyer seemed quite nervous when he approached her and she asked him to accompany her to the house. Her brother was with her at the time. She did not ask Warren into the house but shortly reappeared carrying a chair to the verandah. This she asked Warren to place on the truck. She reentered the house carrying other articles which Warren caried to his truck. On his return to the house Mrs. Meyer asked him to enter and remove her trunk.

      It was when he entered the house for this purpose that Warren again saw Meyer. The man was standing at the landing of the stairs. Warren went to the small clothespress in which the trunk was kept and seeing that it would be at difficult proposition to take it to his truck called to Meyer and asked him if he would give him a hand. Meyer replied that he had no authority to help Warren with the trunk. Warren dragged the trunk to the door when Mrs. Meyer's brother gave him a hand wit it to the van.

      On his return to the house, Warren asked Mrs. Meyer if she had anything else to go and at this Meyer who was still on the stair landing called out that she was evidently determined to take everything with her.

      Wife Murderer

      She replied that she was not but that she was taking merely what she had paid for herself. She then went to the bottom of the stairs and told her husband that she was going to take the clock in the kitchen, saying that it was hers. Warren was standing near the woman at the time.

      "No it isn't" said Meyer

      "Yes it is," replied his wife

      With that Warren saw Meyer grab the gun which up to that moment had not been in sight. He levelled it at Mrs. Meyer and shot. The woman cried "

      He has shot me" and ran thru the dining room, reaching the kitchen before she fell forward on her face dead.

      Meyer turned on the stairs saying "Now you've got it" and going to the second floor shot himself.

      Warren rushed to the telephone next door and called the police telling them of the tragedy and asking them to bring a doctor and the ambulance.

      When the police arrived they found Mrs. Meyer lying face downward on the kitchen floor, her shopping bag in her hand and fully dressed of the street. They found Meyer lying upstairs on the floor of one of the one of the rooms. He was bleeding profusely, a pool of blood staining the carpet where he fell. He was groaning and the police lifted him to the bed. He was shortly removed to the hospital by Coroner Kalbfleish where an operation was performed in an effort to save his life.

      Directed by the police, Warren carried the furniture which he had load-ed on the truck back to the house.

      The police placed a gourd over the body of Mrs Meyer which was later viewed by the coroner's jury at 8 o'clock last evening. Following the viewing of the body the inquest was adjourned until 7: 30 o'clock next Monday night.

      Speaking to the Record this morning Ben Warren the only one who witnessed the tragedy, declared that when he arrived at the house and was met by Meyer he was at a loss to unravel what to him seemed a mystery. He had received the phone call dircting him to the house and Myer declared he knew nothing about such a phone call. Warren thought there might be someone rooming in the house but inquiry to this effect elicted a negative answer from Meyer. Warren told the Record that when Mrs. Meyer arrived on the scene with her brother he was not aware that she was the wife of Meyer. He did not know who she was and it did not dawn on him that she was Meyer's wife until the argument enused at the foot of the stairs.

      The tragedy from what the Record can learn, is the culmination of disagreements between Meyer and his wife which extended over a considerable period. It was as a result of these disagreements that Mrs. Meyer determined to leave the house and she was moving her effects yesterday when the tragedy occurred.

      The police have placed a guard over Meyer at the K.-W. Hospital where according to last reports he is continuing to improve.

      Decided to Separate

      It was learned that Meyer and the wife had a conference with Crown Attorney D. S. Bowlby yesterday morning. They did not go to the office together but separately, each accompanied by members of the family. Their troubles were revealed to the official. It was decided by the wife to leave the husband, she also to take the furniture. Meyer did not seem pleased with the decision of the wife but nothing ominous seemed pending.

      The Daily Record 18 Apr 1922

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      HENRY H. MEYER HAS NO REGRETS

      Henry H. Meyer, who murdered his wife yesterday afternoon and then shot himself, has no regrets for the taking of his wife's life, according to a statement which he made to Coroner Kalbfliesch today at the hospital. Meyer is quite conscious and has recovered from the shock, Dr. Kalbfleisch told the Record. He stated that Meyer said he had been hounded to death by his wife. Meyer told the physician that during the argument with his wife yesterday when she was moving her things out of the house it suddenly came to him to end it all. Dr Kalbfliesch states * that unless pneumonia or infection develops in the next few days, Meyer has a chance to recover. He is still in a critical condition

      The Daily Record 18 Apr 1922

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      HENRY H. MEYER DIES AT HOSPITAL

      Henry H. Meyer, who figured in the tragedy on Benton street last Monday, died at the K.-W. Hospital last evening as a result of his self inflicted wounds. The man lapsed into unconsciousness shortly before 7 o'clock and sank rapidly until the end came shortly after 10.

      The Daily Record 22 Apr 1922

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      MEYER CONTINUES TO GET BETTER

      Henry H. Meyer continues to improve at the K-W hospital. Reports from the hospital at 2 o'clock this afternoon indicated that the man, who shot his wife last Monday and then turned the gun on himself, is getting along even better than was expected. Dr. Kalbfleisch informed the record this afternoon that every hour passed is in the man's favour as far as his chances of recovery are concerned. The failure of complacation to set in as the days go on seems to indicate that he will get better. The coroner stated that Meyer is still expectorating blood

      The Daily Record 21 Apr 1922

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      HENRY H. MEYER GROWS WEAKER

      Man Still Under Guard At Hospital; No Complications Have Set In; Has Chance For Life.

      H. H. Meyer, who on Monday afternoon shot and killed his wife and then turned the double barrelled shotgun with which he did the deed on himself is still alive at the K.-W. hospital. Reports from the hospital thru-out the day indicated that the man is somewhat weaker than yesterday but very little change in his condition is noticeable.

      The police are still maintaining a guard over the man who is virtually under arrest since the enactment of the crime at his home on Monday afternoon. It was learned at the hospital that no complications such as pneumonia or infection have set in and while the patient escaped these he has a chance for life. His condition is still extremely critical

      The Daily Record 19 Apr 1922

  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1901, Berlin (Town/Ville) A-8 Page 10.

    2. [S178] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1881, Waterloo S. Twp. 1881 Div 3 Page 20.

    3. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 28 Pg. 13.

    4. [S604] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo South - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 52.

    5. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      John George Meyer, 28, labourer of Waterloo married 2 oct 1849 to Angelica Hass, 24 of Waterloo. wit: Valt. Boehmer - cooper of Waterloo

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jan 1866 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Carpenter - 1901 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Repair Man, Shop - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Baptist - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1922 - 116 Benton St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Apr 1922 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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