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MSS 201 (A.05-20)

Title: Adolf & Julia Stadelmeir fonds

Dates: 1939–1988

Extent: 0.04 m of textual records

Biographical Sketch: Julia Stadelmeir (nee Rudawski) was born in Winnipeg on 17 April 1912 and died in Winnipeg on 12 May 2000. Adolf Leonard Stadelmeir was born on November 14, 1911. Julia and Adolf had a daughter, Louise, circa 1938. In September of 1939, Adolf enlisted in the Canadian Army and was assigned to the 12th Field Coy (company) of the Royal Canadian Engineers (RCE). He was posted to England in early 1940, was acting Company Quarter Master Sargent (CQMS) by the fall of 1940, and later full CQMS with the No. 2 Tunneling Coy of the RCE. He served with this company at Gibraltar from March 1941 to December 1942. After returning to England Adolf disappeared under disputed circumstances. Julia Stadelmeir continued to attempt to locate Adolf until at least 1988. His whereabouts and fate are still unknown, although Julia Stadelmeir’s obituary indicated, perhaps speculatively, that he predeceased her.
Further information regarding the activities of the No. 2 Tunneling Coy can be found in Stanley, Major George F. G. “Canadian Tunnellers [sic] at Gibraltar,”
Canadian Geographical Journal 28 (June 1944) 244-257, and in the report of Stacey, C.P., Major, Historical Officer, Canadian Military Headquarters, at <www.forces.gc.ca/dhh/downloads/cmhq/cmhq080.pdf.>

Custodial History: The fonds was donated to Archives & Special Collections by Louise Mazur (nee Stadelmeir) on 14 February 2005.

Scope and Content: The fonds contains three series. The first is comprised of personal letters to Julia Stadelmeir from Adolf and Emmie, dating from 10 February 1940 to April 1943, as well as correspondence from various military, government officials and Members of Parliament to Julia Stadelmeir dating from 22 April 1943 to 29 February 1988 detailing her efforts to locate her husband. The second series contains newspaper articles detailing the activities of the No. 2 Tunneling Company of the Royal Canadian Engineers. The third contains various items relating to Adolf’s military service, and 18 envelopes without letters from Julia to Adolf marked “returned as undeliverable.”

Source of Supplied Title: Title based on provenance of the fonds.

Restrictions on Access: There are no restrictions on this material.

Finding Aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room. An electronic finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 201 (A.05-20)