Stauffer, David Lackner (1881-1917)

David Lackner Stauffer was an electrician and an electrical inspector for the City of Vancouver. He lived at 1101 Gilford Street in 1915.

He was born on November 19, 1881, in Chesley, Ontario, the oldest of seven children. His father was Rev. Samuel D. Stauffer (born near Waterloo, Ontario, on May 19, 1857); his mother was Lucy Lackner. Samuel S. Stauffer was a minister of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church.

David Stauffer first appeared in the Vancouver directories in 1910. He was rooming at 1299 West 7th Ave., along with his brother, Victor. David was an electrician with Cope and Son; Frederick and Frank Cope had an electrical supply business at 338 Hastings Street. David’s brother, Victor, was an electrician with Midway Electric Company at 808 West Broadway.

By 1912, David had become an inspector with the Vancouver City electric department; he lived at 619 East 24th Avenue from 1912 to 1914. In 1915, he moved to 1101 Gilford Street; he was still an inspector with the Vancouver City electric department.

On December 8, 1916, David enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He gave his address as Victoria House in Vancouver, and indicated that his wife, Bertha, was living at 10721 81 Ave. in Edmonton, Alberta. [According to the material on Victor Vere Stauffer, below, “Bertha” may be Bertha McVicar.]

David died on November 17, 1917, in Belgium. He is buried in Passchendaele New British Cemetery.

Victor Vere Stauffer

David Lackener Stauffer appears to have had a son named Victor Vere Stauffer. According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen, [“Eastview man strives to make a new, delicate breed of violin,” July 28, 1966, page 17], Victor was a Vancouver native, who “was taken at the age of seven by his mother to a Peace River country homestead, 410 miles north of Edmonton. His father had just been killed in the First World War battle of Paschandaelle.” In 1966, Victor was a retired RCMP officer who made violins. He was 55 years old in 1966, so he was born about 1911. According to the article, Victor had married Kathleen Prince of Port Arthur, Ontario (now part of Thunder Bay).

According to his death certificate, Victor Vere Stauffer was born on August 2, 1910, in Vancouver. His father was David Stauffer; his mother was Bertha McVicar, who was born in Meliga [sic, possibly Melita], Manitoba. Victor died in Chilliwack, British Columbia, on December 24, 1980. His wife at that time was Dorothy Pearl Geddes.


David Lackner Stauffer

A Biographical History of Early Settlers and their Descendants in Waterloo Township, Author: Ezra E. Eby, Publication: 1895 & 1896, Supplement by Joseph B. Snyder 1931, Indexes Maps and other Documents by Eldon D. Weber, 1971., (Book now online at and at

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 4 July 2012), Samuel Staufer, 1881.

David Stauffer,

David Stauffer,

David Stauffer,

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Oct 2013), David L. Staufer, 1881.

David L. Stauffer, 1901 Canada Census, Ontario, Waterloo (South) (#122), Wilmot, H-2, page 4, family 46, lines 44-50 (continues to next page, lines 1-2),;

S.S. Stauffer, 1911 Census of Canada, Alberta, Medicine Hat, 57, Townships 27, page 18, family 376’ lines 17-22,

“Canada Census, 1916,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Oct 2013), Samuel S Stauffer, 1916.

David Lackner Stauffer, Western Land Grants (1870-1930), Northwest quarter, section 18, township 30, range 2, west of the fifth meridian;

Alberta Homestead Records: Bertha Stauffer and David L. Stauffer:,_search,_pstart&_mode=search&_search=_mode&_pstart=238870&_pstart=238830

David L. Stauffer, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Regimental number: 2020166; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9247 – 46; Date of Birth: 19/11/1881, attestation paper (front):; attestation paper (back):

Private David Lackner Stauffer,

David Lackner Stauffer, Canadian Virtual War Memorial,

D L Stauffer, Commonwealth War Graves Commission,,%20D%20L

Victor Vere Stauffer

“Eastview man strives to make a new, delicate breed of violin,” Ottawa Citizen, July 28, 1966, page 17,

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Oct 2013), Victor Vere Stauffer, 1980.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1980-09-019569, Victor Vere Stauffer,

Victor Stauffer (Brother of David Lackner Stauffer)

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Oct 2013), Victor L Stauffer, .

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Oct 2013), Victor Stauffer, 1941.

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