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Edward Halter

Edward Halter[1]

Male 1834 - 1917  (83 years)

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  • Name Edward Halter 
    Born 12 Oct 1834  Soufflenheim, District of Haguenau, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1842  [5
    Immigration 1843  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1877  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    farmer 
    Retired 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1911  Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Income 
    Religion 1911  Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Roman Catholic 
    Died 29 Oct 1917  [4
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-69376 
    Buried Old Walled St. Boniface Cemetery, Maryhill, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I69376  Generations
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2019 

    Father Alexander Halter,   b. 17 Jul 1809, Soufflenheim, District of Haguenau, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1883, Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Carolina Haas,   b. 1815, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1860  (Age 45 years) 
    Family ID F7947  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Scharbach,   b. 8 Dec 1838, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1915  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 13 May 1856  St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Maryhill, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Alexis Halter,   b. 1857, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rev. Joseph Halter,   b. 4 Mar 1857, Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1896, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     3. Philip Halter,   b. 30 Apr 1860, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1880, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     4. Catherine Halter,   b. 3 Jul 1864, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1947  (Age 82 years)
     5. Otto Halter,   b. Abt 1872,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Theresia Elizabeth Halter,   b. 23 Sep 1877, Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1972  (Age 94 years)
     7. Edward Halter,   b. 23 May 1880, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F18195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Edward Halter
    Edward Halter
    from Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

  • Notes 
    • MR. AND MRS. HALTER


      On Monday morning, October 29, 1917, a prominent and respected citizen of New Germany breathed his last in the person of Edward Halter. Mr. Halter was born in Lower Alsace on October 12, 1834. At nine years of age he emigrated with his parents to Canada and upon reaching maturity he took up a farm near the village of New Germany. This he cleared and worked successfully for many years.

      In his early youth he had little opportunity to get an education. After having gained some sort of independence, he improved his mind while still farming with a wonderful stock of solid learning. He spoke on the platform and placed his views effectively be fore his hearers. He also spoke and wrote French.

      As Justice of the Peace he secured a more than ordinary knowledge of legal affairs and was the trusted advisor of his neighborhood in intricate family and legal affairs.

      Mr. Halter, 1856, married Mary, daughter of Jos. Sharbach. They raised a large family of children, of whom are still living: Andrew, in Denver; Clement, in North Dakota; Mrs. Gregory Kloepfer, in New Germany; Edward and Theresa at home. The oldest son was Rev. Joseph Halter, professor of St. Jerome's College at the time of his death, 1896. One of the daughters, Veronica, joined the School Sisters de Notre Dame, in which society she worked many years and died 1916.

      The deceased went to Europe several times, passing through England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, where he visited his nephew, a student, as early as 1878. He saw the pope at Rome, but would not comply with the regulation of appearing in evening dress, being specially admitted to greet His Holiness in farmer's tweeds. In a letter about his visit to the pope he said: "I did not bow as low before His Holiness as some of the people in regulation attire, but, I am sure, I offered him as sincere homage and veneration as any. The pope is a sovereign who rules an empire without crown or sword. His power is that he represents the spiritual kingdom of God on earth. Popes no longer crown kings, or tolerate bishops who are princes. They no longer have crusades, in which enthusiasm for the Holy Land degenerates into plundering and conquest; the Turks now rule Palestine, seemingly with God's approval."

      Mr. Halter was frequently urged to stand for office. Had he not declined he might have risen to important positions. He felt also that he lacked the refinement and social acquirements needed to mingle with those in higher walks of life.

      In 1874 he was elected to the township council, served three years, two years (1877 and '78) he was deputy-reeve and one year (1879) reeve. In 1880 he was the most active promoter of the Hopewell Creek Fire Insurance Company of New Germany, of which he was president six years, a director twelve years. In 1874 he was appointed Justice of the Peace, through Moses Springer, provincial member of parliament for N. Waterloo. He was a Notary Public and Commissioner of the High Court for about 45 years.

      Edward Halter was the son of Alexis Halter and Caroline Haas. He had three brothers and three sisters. The family came from Alsace to Harve by wagon in two weeks, crossed the ocean in an English sailing vessel in 42 days, continued from New York to Albany by steamer, thence by canal boat to Rochester and across to Hamilton by sail. Occupying a log cabin, the father earned a poor living working for a kindly Mennonite, Dan Shantz, bringing home flour on his shoulders and carrying maple sugar to Preston with his oldest son, Edward.

      The deceased was over six feet tall, broad and deep chested, very strong, attracting attention at once by his heavy bulk, voice and bearing. His wife was very tall also. The old village school master said that their children at christening were as big as others a year old.
      Contributed by Rev. John Pehrenbach.


      Fifth Annual Report Of The Waterloo Historical Society, 1917, pg 58

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 12 Aug 1880.
      Aug. 7, 1880 Philip Halter, son of Eduard Halter, died in New Germany at age of 20 years, 3 months, and 7 days.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div 2 Pg 71.

    3. [S132] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1901, Waterloo C-1 Page 11.

    4. [S93] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Old Walled St. Boniface Roman Catholic - www.findagrave. com.
      Father/ Edward Halter/ Born/ At Sufflenheim/ Alsace, Lorraine/ Born Oct. 12, 1834/ Died Oct. 29, 1917/ [Beside]: Mother/ Mary/ Scharbach/ Born/ Dec. 8,1838/ Died Oct. 17, 1915

    5. [S214] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1911, District 1 (New Germany) Page 10.

    6. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div. 8 Page 70.

    7. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration.
      Theresia Halter Born: 24 Sep 1877 County: Waterloo Father: Edward Halter Mother: Mary Sharbach

    8. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    9. [S91] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Maryhill - St. Boniface Roman Catholic [found cited on various sources on the internet and family histories], Rev. John Holzer.
      Edward Halter s/o Alex & Carolina Haas married 13 May 1856 to Maria Scharbach d/o Joseph & Theresa Zettel, witnesses: Mathias Fehrenbach & Martianna Halter

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Oct 1834 - Soufflenheim, District of Haguenau, Alsace, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1843 - Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 May 1856 - St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Maryhill, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1877 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1911 - Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Walled St. Boniface Cemetery, Maryhill, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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