Richter, Rubin Mier

Regimental Number: 100230
Rank: Private
Branch: 49th Battalion

Rubin was born in Neamtz, Romania on July 12, 1888. On May 5, 1914, he filed on a homestead at SW 8-74-4-W6. In July of 1915, Rubin enlisted in the Canadian Army. However, he sailed for Canada on December 15, 1916, having been found mentally unfit. Rubin had claimed that before he was shipped overseas, he saw someone killing his father; he also said he served with the RNWMP and secret service (found to be untrue). Rubin said he was married and that his wife ‘kicked the bucket a few nights ago’ and was confused about why he was in the hospital. He feared he would be crucified at the front because they thought he was a spy. Shortly before being sent back to Canada he became clearer and more contented shortly before he was shipped out; it is uncertain how much of his attestation paper is actually true. According to his medical record, Rubin was “excitable, incoherent and irrelevant, memory poor, hasn’t any insight into his condition. He hears voices and has many delusions of persecution. Thinks every person he has been associated with for the past two years is trying to get him out of the way. At time his conduct is violent.” On August 3, 1917 he was discharged. Rubin spent the latter part of his life in hospital in eastern Canada and would not sell his land. He died on December 2, 1955.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 326