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Clayton Dotzert Biography


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Creator:
Little, Ellis, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Articles
Description:
This is a handwritten biography of Clayton Dotzert from the Ellis Little Papers. This biography has been transcribed exactly as written. Ellis Little was a local historian, who was the principal of Elizabeth Ziegler Public School.On his retirement, he invested much of his time in researching and writing about Waterloo's history. The Ellis Little Papers consist of extensive notes, papers and historical works.
Notes:
To see the original document please visit the Ellis Little Local History Room at the Main Branch of the Waterloo Public Library
Date Of Event:
1896-1988
Subject(s):
Personal Name(s):
Dotzert, Clayton ; Dierlam, Lulu ; Raymond, Gordon
Corporate Name(s):
Synder Desk Company ; Globe Furniture Company ; Quality Glove Company ; Dotzert Glove Company
Collection:
Ellis Little Papers: Men and Women of Our Past
Language of Item:
English
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Location of Original:
Ellis Little Papers
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Waterloo Public Library
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Agency street/mail address

35 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 5E2

Full Text

Born: 1896, Died: 1988 Married: Lulu Dierlam

Clayton Dotzert was a man of many talents and experiences. As a young man he worked for the Snyder Desk Company and the Globe Furniture. He had been interested in the new invention of the airplane and in 1912 he was one of the individuals responsible for buying the Stroh farm near Lexington and turning it into a landing field.

In 1915 he enlisted as a pilot and served until the end of the war in England. When he returned from the service in 1916, he along with brother-in-law Gordon Raymond started the Quality Glove Company. But in 1923 Dotzert went out on his own forming the Dotzert Glove Company. The company turned out high grade leather work gloves, gauntlets and mitts. In 1933 he had an opportunity to become the sixth postmaster of Waterloo and he remained in this position until his retirement in 1966.

Dotzert was a community minded person and for years beginning in 1929 and for years after he made a public outdoor rink on his property. He is credited in 1934 for naming the Waterloo hockey team the "Siskins" after a certain model of the English airplane used in World War One. In 1950 he was the leader in having 3000 maple trees planted throughout the town. He was a member of Waterloo Legion and in 1959 was quite proud that he was responsible for combining the German and Canadian veterans in Remembrance Day services.

Sources:

Margaret J. Zavaros, Waterloo's Post Office, Waterloo Historical Society , Volume 80, 1992.

Oral History Tape "Clayton Dotzert", Kitchener Public Library.

Kitchener Public Library Vertical file "D"

Clayton W. Wells, A Historical Sketch of the Town of Waterloo Ontario, Waterloo Historical Society, Volume 16, 1928.

Waterloo County Councillors, A Collective Biography, Elizabeth Bloomfield and Linda Foster, Caribou Imprints, 1995.

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Clayton Dotzert Biography


This is a handwritten biography of Clayton Dotzert from the Ellis Little Papers. This biography has been transcribed exactly as written. Ellis Little was a local historian, who was the principal of Elizabeth Ziegler Public School.On his retirement, he invested much of his time in researching and writing about Waterloo's history. The Ellis Little Papers consist of extensive notes, papers and historical works.