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Edmund Daniel Wurm

Edmund Daniel Wurm

Male 1878 - 1960  (81 years)

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  • Name Edmund Daniel Wurm 
    Born 2 Nov 1878  Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1881  Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1891  Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Confirmation 22 May 1891  St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1921  Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Lot 71 Knell Survey 
    Died 4 Jan 1960  Brierbush Hospital, Stouffville, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 6 Jan 1960  Melville Church Cemetery, Markham Township, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I05902  All
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2015 

    Father Henry Wurm,   b. 18 Dec 1836, Bleidenrod, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1897, Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Catherine Zeller,   b. 26 Dec 1842, North Dumfries Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1926, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1863  Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • Witnesses were Valentin Zeller and Daniel Coloski, both of Hay Township.
    Photos
    Family of Henry Wurm and Catherine Zeller about 1893
    Family of Henry Wurm and Catherine Zeller about 1893
    Back row left to right:
    Lovina, Edmund, Anna, William, Jacob

    Front row:
    Louise, Henry, Mary "Mae", Emily, Bertha, Catherine
    Family of Henry Wurm and Catherine Zeller about 1885
    Family of Henry Wurm and Catherine Zeller about 1885
    Front row:
    Edmund, Henry, William, Catherine, Jacob, with Louise in front of William

    Back row:
    Mary "Mae", Lovina, Anna, Emily, Bertha
    Family ID F0042  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Schwartz,   b. 25 Feb 1876, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1924, Nelson Street, Markham Village, York County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1908  Crediton, Stephen Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Zion Evangelical United Brethen Church
      Crediton, Stephen Twp., Huron Co., Ontario, Canada
      Marriage Records 1876-1889
      Compiled by Paula Chodacki
      http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/crediton.htm

      Jan. 2, 1908, WURM, Edward, 31, Zurich, Ont., Crediton, laborer, Lutheran, father - Henry WURM, mother - Catherine ZELLER, bachelor, to SCHWARTZ, Lydia, 32, Stephen Tp., Ont., Crediton, Evang. Assoc., father - Michael SCHWARTZ, mother Magdalena ABLE, spinster, WIT: Mrs. E. H. Bean of Crediton & E. Bean, married by E. H. Bean at the Evang. Parsonage in Crediton.
    Children 
     1. Kathleen Mae Wurm,   b. 9 May 1913, Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 2005, Pembroke, Renfrew County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    Family ID F0040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Nov 1878 - Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConfirmation - 22 May 1891 - St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jan 1908 - Crediton, Stephen Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Lot 71 Knell Survey - 1921 - Zurich, Hay Township, Huron County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jan 1960 - Brierbush Hospital, Stouffville, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 6 Jan 1960 - Melville Church Cemetery, Markham Township, York County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Edmund Daniel Wurm abt 1883
    Edmund Daniel Wurm abt 1883
    Edmund did not live in Detroit, Michigan. His family would have been visiting relatives at the time that this photo was taken.
    Edmund Wurm and daughter Kathleen Wurm
    Edmund Wurm and daughter Kathleen Wurm
    At the Fair
    At the Fair
    Jacob Wurm, Will Redinger, Edmund Daniel Wurm, William Rupp
    Edmund Wurm
    Edmund Wurm
    Postcard from Earl Rupp 1910
    Postcard from Earl Rupp 1910
    Postcard sent by Earl Rupp to Uncle Ed Wurm of Zurich, Ontario. The mail is postmarked August 29, 1910 in Croswell, Michigan.

    Documents
    Marriage Certificate of Edward Wurm and Lydia Schwarz
    Marriage Certificate of Edward Wurm and Lydia Schwarz
    Wedding took place at the village of Crediton, Huron County, Ontario on 2 January 1908.
    Marriage record of Lydia Schwartz and Edward Wurm
    Marriage record of Lydia Schwartz and Edward Wurm
    Silver Medal awarded to E. O. Wurm
    Silver Medal awarded to E. O. Wurm
    By Command of HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN the accompanying Medal is forwarded to E. O. Wurm, Esquire to be worn in commemoration of Her Majesty's Coronation 2nd June, 1953
    Obituary of Edward Wurm printed in the Zurich Citizens News
    Obituary of Edward Wurm printed in the Zurich Citizens News
    Printed in the Zurich Citizens News:

    OBITUARY

    Edward Wurm

    Word has been received of the passing of an old Zurich resident, in the person of Edward Wurm, Markham.

    He has been living with his daughter Kathleen, Mrs. Thomas Hastings, at Markham, for several years, and has been in poor health.

    He was married to the late Lydia Schwartz, of Crediton, who predeceased him quite a number of years ago.

    Mr. Wurm conducted a livery business in Zurich for a number of years, and was an ardent baseball fan, being catcher for the Zurich baseball team for many years. Since moving to Markham he has been interested in lawn bowling.

    He leaves to mourn his daughter, Kathleen; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jacobs, Itasca, Ill., and Mrs. Louise Reddinger, Detroit.

    He is being buried in Markham on Wednesday, January 6, at 2 p.m.
    Obituary of Ed Wurm printed in the Markham Economist
    Obituary of Ed Wurm printed in the Markham Economist
    Printed in the Markham Economist:

    Ed. Wurm Delivered Village Mail 32 Years

    Mr. Edmond Daniel Wurm died on Monday at Brier Bush Hospital Stouffville, in his 84th year. For the past few years he had been living with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hastings, Markham R R 2. On Christmas Day he suffered a stroke and was taken to hospital. He had not been in good health for some time.

    Mr. Wurm was born in Zurich and came to Markham in 1922. He took over the mail and express from Mr. O. Lawrie and for some years used a team of horses and dray. He bought the old livery stable on Joseph Street (now the Economist and Sun building) from the builder, Mr. Wm. Michael. He retained this, later using it for trucks which he used to haul gravel for roads, and for his mail an express truck, until after the last war when he sold it to the Veterans. When he retired after 32 years, he received a medal from the Post Office Dept. which he prized. For many years he served a bailiff.

    As a young man in Zurich, Mr. Wurm was a baseball catcher with the local team, and a teammate was the late "Babe" Sebert. In later life, he continued his interest in this game, and often put the local diamond into shape. He was a keen lawn bowler and won many prizes.

    After leaving the village, he often came to the local club to watch the play, although not physically able to play himself. He was a staunch and active lifelong Liberal, regardless of the party's fortunes.

    Mrs. Wurm died many years ago. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hastings, and three grandchildren.

    The funeral sevice was held Wednesday afternoon at Dixon Funeral Home, with interment in Melville Cemetery.
    Obituary of Edward Wurm printed in the Stouffville Tribune
    Obituary of Edward Wurm printed in the Stouffville Tribune
    Printed in the Stouffville Tribune

    Markham Express Agent For Over Fifty Years

    On Monday, Jan. 4th, Mr. Edward Wurm, a well-known and highly respected resident of Markham Village and more recently at the home of his daughter, conc. 7, Markham, passed away in the Stouffville Brierbush Hospital. He was in his 84th year.

    The late Mr. Wurm was everybody's friend. He was known by young and old. His connections with mail and express deliveries and in the field of local sport made him one of the most familar figures on Markham's main street.

    Born in Zurich, Ont., west of London in Huron County. Mr. Wurm was employed on the Algoma Central Railroad as an engineer and fireman in the Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury districts. He also worked for two years on the Pacific Coast. He took up residence in Markham in 1922. On his retirement from the mail and express route, the deceased was honoured by the Post Office Dept. with a medal for his faithful service. He served as a district bailiff for many years.

    Although lawn bowling was his first love, he, as a young man, was an enthusiastic baseball player in his home town of Zurich. His club had captured a number of championships. Mr. Wurm had collected a number of bowling trophies as proof of his prowess on the greens. In former years he had represented Markham in numerous tournaments here. The late Fred Button was one of his best friends and keenest rivals. In politics, he was an ardent Liberal. His wife, the former Lydia Schwartz predeceased him a number of years ago.

    The late Mr. Wurm suffered a stroke on Christmas Day. He passed away on Jan. 4th. He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen (Mrs. Tom Hastings), conc. 7, Markham. The funeral service was conducted from the Dixon Chapel, Markham, on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. R. Chapen and Rev. G. Davison. Interment was made in Melville Cemetery. The pallbearers were messrs. Donald Ferguson, Douglas Ferguson, Elgin Hastings, Harry Lewis, Raymond Brillinger and Gordon Lunau.
    Editorial regarding Edward Wurm printed in the Stouffville Tribune
    Editorial regarding Edward Wurm printed in the Stouffville Tribune
    Editorial printed in the Stouffville Tribune

    A Bailiff? Not By Today's Standards

    On Monday, Jan. 4th, Mr. Edward Wurm passed away. He is gone, but the warmth of his personality will long be remembered by every man, woman and child in Markham Village who might have had the fortunate experience to have met this genial gentleman. During his life span of more than eighty years he held a number of positions, including a fireman, an engineer, a mail carrier, an expressman and a bailiff. By today's standards, the latter office does not fit into the picture that one's memory recalls. Mr. Wurm was a bailiff, yes, but in name only when one compares his actions with that of men in similar rank.

    The late Mr. Wurm was a friend of the friendly and the friendless. He was kind, generous and considerate, three components that are difficult to find in the make-up of our modern "give or we take" men. Mr. Wurm was justly proud of his past railroad career and distinguished postal record. He never seemed to regard his position of bailiff in the same light. Bailiff work just wasn't his line. He could give but couldn't take. He would help but wouldn't hinder. He wanted to make friends; he hated making enemies. He loved to be like; he disliked being unliked.

    The Village of Markham or any other comparable town can ill afford to lose a gentleman of Mr. Wurm's qualities. They are difficult to replace. "Ed" Wurm will never be replaced.

    Headstones
    WURM, Kathleen Mae, and Thomas Edward
HASTINGS, and Edmund Daniel WURM
    WURM, Kathleen Mae, and Thomas Edward HASTINGS, and Edmund Daniel WURM

    Histories
    Ten Yard Letter
    Ten Yard Letter
    A long letter written by William Wurm/Wurn to his sister Annie Wurm. Based on events referred to in the letter, it is most likely that the letter was penned in July 1899.

  • Notes 
    • In Zurich, Edmund dealt in horses as well as provided a taxi service. In 1920, the family moved to Markham where Edmund bought a gravel truck business. His company built many of the roads in the Markham area, according to daughter, Kathleen "Kay" Wurm.

      When Edmund became ill, Kathleen cared for him. He died due to kidney and heart complications.

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      The following is a transcription of a newspaper clipping saved by Edmund's sister, Louise. Newspaper is the Tribune and is suspected to be from Stouffville, Ontario.

      Vol. 63, No. 41

      Ed Wurm Passes Thirtieth Milestone With CNR Express

      In October, 1952, Mr. Ed Wurm, jovial Markham resident, passed a thirty year milestone as the dependable C.N.R. Express Agent in the village. Born in Zurich, Ont., some forty miles west of London in Huron County 75 years ago, Mr. Wurm journeyed north where he was employed on the Algoma Central Railroad as engineer and fireman in the Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury districts. He also worked for two years on the Pacific Coast.

      Mr. Wurm came to Markham in 1922 and was appointed to the express agency shortly after his arrival, a position which he has held ever since. Although the mail and freight arrives in much larger quantities now than it did a number of years ago the weather and road conditions are very much different. Back in the 1920's Mr. Wurm distributed the express by horse and wagon through giant snow drifts and sub zero temperatures but never once did he turn back because of the weather. The trains were often very late and Mr. Wurm recalls the day when the regular evening passenger became bogged down in snow and didn't arrive until four o'clock the following morning. The genial expressman has failed to be on the job on but one occasion and that was due to sickness.

      Mr. Wurm still retains his position as bailiff but has since dropped all connections with the division court of York County. The well-known Markham resident claims that in all his personal dealing with people, 95% are quite co-operative. Mr. Wurm was connected with court work for over twenty years.

      Mr. Wurm is an energetic sportsman and is known both in the Markham and Stouffville districts for his lawn bowling skill. Mr. Wurm receives his greatest enjoyment when bowling against his arch rival, Mr. Fred Button of Stouffville. The Markham sports enthusiast pays high tribute to Mr. Button for his bowling sportsmanship. In Mr. Wurm's own words he claims that Mr. Button is not only a great winner but better still a fine loser. The 75 year old Markham citizen has been a member of the Markham Bowling Club for the past thirty-five years and in that time has captured a number of trophies and awards. Besides many local prizes Mr. Wurm bowled with a number of championship groups. He aided his team in winning the McKenzie King trophy emblematic of the York County District Championship in three successive years and also won the Unionville Business Men's Club award in three straight years. Some of the Markham bowlers who have matched their skill with Mr. Wurm during the past twenty-five and thirty years are Mr. John Burns, Mr. Max Reesor and Mr. Peter Stewart. Although at the present time Mr. Wurm spends the greater part of his leisure summer hours on the bowling green during his younger days he was an active baseball players. His home town of Zurich walked off with the hardball championship against such strong opposition as Woodstock and Stratford. Mr. Wurm adapted himself to every position on the club with the exception of the outfield.

      Mr. Wurm has one daughter, Mrs. Tom Hastings who resides on the seventh concession of Markham. Although Mr. Wurm resides in the village during the week he usually takes his weekly jaunt out to his daughter's farm on Sunday. Mr. Edward Wurm of Markham has gained down though the years, the reputation of being everybody's friend whether engaged in an exciting tournament at the bowling green or just discussing the bygone days with a friend on the street corner. The Tribune pays tribute to Mr. Wurm and hopes that he may enjoy many more years of good health and happiness.

  • Sources 
    1. [S087567] Kathleen Mae (Wurm) Hastings.

    2. [S087574] Marriage Certificate.




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