Historical Plaque Properties

 

Edward W. Lutz - Truck Driver - National Grocers
275 Railway Avenue
Stratford, ON
1925


Edward Wellington Lutz was born in the Village of Doon, Waterloo County on March 22, 1894. He   was the first child of nine children born to Allan Lutz and Elizabeth Fleet.

 

At 27 years of age, Edward married Luella May Weber on September 29, 1921 in Stratford. Luella or Ella, as she was commonly called, was born on February 8, 1893 the daughter of George Weber and Elizabeth Steinberg.

The couple had five children: Shirley Doreen (b. 1922); Allan Edward George (b. 1924); Audrey Marie (b. 1926); Erma Katherine Elizabeth (b. 1930); and Harry Earl (b. 137).

 

As their family started to grow, the couple needed more space. Ella's father and brother, Herbert, were in the construction and contracting business. They built the red brick house at 275 Railway Avenue in 1925 where Edward and Ella were the first occupants and lived there until 1929.

 

Edward appears to have worked at a number of jobs. He was a lineman at the Canadian General Electric plant in Stratford assembling toasters and other newly introduced electrical appliances. He also drove a truck for a number of companies during the years. For most of the time that the couple lived at 275 Railway Avenue, Edward listed his job as truck driver for National Grocers. For a time, prior to her marriage, Ella worked as a biscuit maker likely at the Mooney Biscuit and Chocolate Company in Stratford.

 

In 1942 as the outcome of the Second World War was still in doubt, Edward and Ella's oldest son, 18 year old Allan enlisted in the Canadian Army and was shipped overseas. Assigned to the Canadian Infantry Division, which was given the mission to help break the German line that controlled Italy from north of Naples south to the seaside town of Ortona. The Canadian's task was to cross the Moro River, take two towns on the other side and ultimately capture Ortona. The liberation of the town would provide the allies with a gateway to Rome and the ultimate defeat of the German army in Italy.

 

Under heavy German fire, the assault to cross the Moro River began on the morning of December 6, 1943. On the second day of the fighting, Allan Lutz was fatally wounded. Classed as killed-in-action, he is buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in Italy and is memorialized on Stratford's Cenotaph. The successful battle to capture Ortona was one of the bitterest during the war and cost 500 Canadian lives in the month of December 1943.

 

Edward Lutz died on his 55th birthday in 1949. Ella lived another 14 years and died on October 14, 1963. They are buried in Avondale Cemetery.