October 6, 1912 — Elberfeld, Warrick County, Indiana
One of his younger brothers, Raymond, said that there was something happening at the time of everyone of his parent's childrens birth. Elmer's birthdate was found in Raymond's pocket Farmer's Pocket Ledger, although another source lists the day as October 13.) Elmer was born on October 6 in the fall. It was time of year that farmers use to get the harvest in and to prepare for winter. Part of the preparation for the young couple that year was in preparing both for the birth of their first child, but also preparations for putting on a new barn roof. They had plenty of help as there were many carpenters and farmer cousins, uncles and siblings to help. The day of October 5 evidently looked like any other day and the relatives quickly stripped the roof from the barn, but they didn't quite have time to finish re-covering the barn when darkness fell. Since it was fall and the sky was clear, the relatives left with a clear conscience, knowing they could finish the work the next day. But after dark and sometime in the early hours of the morning when Elmer was being born, a great snow storm began to fall. We do not know further details on how the day was spent, but I imagine Minnie and Fred had a lot of visitors - to help finish the barn and to see the new babe.
He was christened at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wiggers and they served as his sponsor, which is why his middle name was Carl. Carl Wiggers was Elmer's mother's brother. He was baptized by REv. E. H. Eilers of Maple Grove church as Zoar E & R was between pastors.