Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Rev. Norman B. Stauffer

Rev. Norman B. Stauffer[1, 2]

Male 1871 - 1927  (55 years)

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  • Name Norman B. Stauffer 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 30 Dec 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number 00006-0955.5 
    Died 13 Sep 1927  Aldersyde, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I9686  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Benjamin Stauffer,   b. 1841, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1911  (Age < 69 years) 
    Mother Maria "Mary" Betzner,   b. 4 Aug 1843, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1924  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 23 May 1865  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Family ID F2810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Malinda Snider,   b. 15 Nov 1876, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Aug 1917 
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F6305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Otterbein,   b. Abt 1872, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1924  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married 22 Aug 1914 
    Children 
     1. Rev. Howard Otterbein Stauffer,   b. 19 Jan 1897, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1986, Tofield, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Harvey Stauffer,   b. 15 Jun 1900, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1900, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Eva Stauffer,   b. 23 Dec 1908, High River, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1909, High River, , Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F26917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Dec 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Sep 1927 - Aldersyde, Alberta Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Bishop Norman B. Stauffer was born Dec. 30, 1871, in Waterloo, Ont. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1891; moved to Alberta with his family in 1900, called to the ministry in 1901, ordained bishop in 1911. Died Sept. 13, 1927 at Aldersyde, Alta.; aged 56 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was married to Elizabeth Otterbein to which union was born 12 children, 3 having died in infancy and his wife preceded him Aug. 22, 1924. He was married again to Melinda Snider of Waterloo, Ont., Aug. 1, 1927. He left to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Mrs. Dr. Burke of Blackie, Alta., Howard of Duchess, Alta., Mrs. J. Shank of Markham, Ont., Mrs. Ion Snyder of Preston, Ont., Willis, Earl, Byron and David of Aldersyde, Alta., and Florence was adopted by Phares Burkholder of Markham, Ont. Funeral took place on Sunday Sept. 18, at the Mount View Church. Services at the house conducted by Bro. H. B. Ramer, Duchess, Alta., and Bro. H. J. Harder of Didsbury, Alta. At the church Bro. Isaac Miller conducted the opening services followed by bishop N. E. Roth of Tofield, Alta., and E. S. Hallman of Guernsey, Sask. Texts, I Peter 1: 3, 4; Rev. 14: 13. Pallbearers were all conf. members. Bro. Stauffer was privileged to spend several months with friends and relatives in Ont. also attended the General Conference. Came home Saturday evening complaining of pain in his eyes and head. On Monday night about 12 o'clock he took a stroke and lay unconscious till Tuesday evening 6: 30 when he passed away without saying good-bye. His sudden death was a great shock to the home, church and community. He was highly respected by all and will be greatly missed. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

      Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 28 - October 13, 1927, pages 622,663

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      Stauffer, Norman B. (1870-1927)

      Norman Stauffer Norman B. Stauffer: minister and bishop of the Mount View Mennonite Church near High River, Alberta, was born 30 December 1871 in Waterloo, Ontario, and died 13 September 1927 at Aldersyde, Alberta. He married Elizabeth Otterbein who died 22 August 1914. They were the parents of twelve children, three of which died in infancy. On 1 August 1917 he married Melinda Snider of Waterloo. Norman Stauffer died of a stroke after only a few days of suffering, at the relatively young age of 56.
      Norman Stauffer came to Alberta in 1900 to look for a suitable homestead, leaving his wife and family in Waterloo. He obtained work as a carpenter on a Canadian Pacific Railway construction gang, but also established contact with Elias and Catharine Bricker who had come west more than a decade earlier. He returned to his family in Ontario for the winter of 1900-01. On his trip west in 1901 he accompanied S.F. Coffman who had been sent west by the Ontario Mennonite Conference to help organize recently arrived Mennonite settlers in the territory which would become part of the province of Alberta late. Stauffer's family joined him in June of 1901 after he secured a farmstead five miles east of Aldersyde, Alberta.
      Norman and Elizabeth Stauffer were charter members of the Mount View Mennonite Church when it was organized in 1901. At that organizational meeting he was chosen, by lot, and ordained as the minister of the new congregation. He was ordained as bishop in the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference in 1911. In that capacity he travelled a great deal, visiting and serving many of the congregations of the conference. He also met with many of the scattered families and small clusters of Mennonite settlers in Alberta. He participated in numerous Bible conferences and was active in evangelistic work. His preaching style was simple, direct, forceful, and often emotional. He was an influential and respected leader in his home congregation and in the conference.

      Regehr, Ted D. "Stauffer, Norman B. (1870-1927)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2003. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 14 Nov 2005 <https://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/S7381ME.html>


  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 248.

    2. [S10] Book - Vol II A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 509.

    3. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, Obituary of Norman Stauffer - October 13, 1927.

    4. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, July 10, 1924.
      Obituary of Mary Betzner

    5. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 8 Jun 1865.
      Married 23 May 1865 By Rev. Wurster, Benjamin Staufer was married to Maria Betzner, both of Waterloo.

    6. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Benjamin Staufer, 24, res. Waterloo, b. Wilmot, son of John and Hanna (Schlichter), married 23 May 1865 Mart Betzner, 22, res.Waterloo, b. Waterloo, daughter of Jacob and Mathi