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Leonard Eugene Erhardt

Leonard Eugene Erhardt[1]

Male 1925 - 2006  (81 years)

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  • Name Leonard Eugene Erhardt 
    Born 10 Oct 1925  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Chronicle 1926  3308 East Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Daniel Erhardt family gathering 
    • Most of the family (minus the married boys) got together at the folk's house.
    Daniel Erhardt family
    Daniel Erhardt family
    Lily took the photo;
    Back row: Juliette, Merle, Clara, Bill, Maud, Leona
    Front: Nelda, Dan, Leonard, Julia, Ken
    from Nelda Douthit's Small…
    Daniel Erhardt's daughters
    Daniel Erhardt's daughters
    Bill took the photo:
    Standing: Merle, Juliette, Clara, Maud
    Seated: Leona, Nelda, Lily
    from Nelda Douthit's Small Album,
    processed by Clinton…
    Daniel Erhardt's family
    Daniel Erhardt's family
    Juliette took the photo
    Standing: Leona, Lily, Bill, Clara, Julia
    Seated: Nelda, Maud, Lenny, Ken, Merle
    from Nelda Douthit's Small Album,
    processed…
    Julia and Daniel Erhardt's daughters
    Julia and Daniel Erhardt's daughters
    Nelda, Juliette, Lily, Clara, Leona
    Residence 1 Apr 1930  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    House 
    • William, Maude and Leonard were living on the Orchards-Camas Highway, near Fourth Plain, (now Vancouver), Washington. They were paying $9 a month in rent. William E. was 27 years old, Maude E. was 36, and Leonard E. was 4 years old.
    Census page, Forth Plain Precinct, Washington, 4A
    Census page, Forth Plain Precinct, Washington, 4A
    Residence 1932  2014 C Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    House 
    • Moved from the Orchards district.
    Family Gathering Jul 1936  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Erhardt-Schunke Picnic 
    • Those photographed during the get-togther were:

      Daniel and Julia Erhardt and children:
      Juliette
      Leona
      Lily
      Nelda

      Merle Erhardt and son:
      Ken

      Bill and Maud Erhardt and children:
      Leno
      Nelda

      Mollie Vetter

      Emma Mead
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    Illness Help  [6
    • During the last years, Bob Griffiths, his nephew, came and did a lot for Leonard and kept in close touch with him. Nelda could not bear to come listen to the rants and raves, so Bob went in her place, and to make sure his mother would not worry about her brother.
    Chronicle 16 Apr 1937  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Dad dies unexpectedly 
    • Leonard took the events of his dad's death very personally. He was only 11 at the time, and had a hard time struggling through the years afterward without his dad.
    Residence 1938  2614 K Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10, 11
    New House 
    • The house was on the corner of 26th and K Street (2614) and was built by Grandpa Daniel Erhardt and Arthur Stowell, Maude's Uncle Arthur, for the widow Maude Erhardt and children Leonard and Nelda in 1938, the year after William Erhardt died. There were two lots-the house being built on the corner lot. The men also built a very small little house on the back of the lot and Grandmother Emma Mead lived in that for about five years.

      The house was first heated by a wood space heater. Wood was delivered and Leonard split it. Nelda had the job of storing the wood under the house and then retrieving it as it was needed. She said the job was "Yuck!" The space under the house was very low, so she had to crawl on her hands and knees to do it. She was so very glad when they later got gas for heating!

      The house had an old 4-legged bathtub and an unfinished
      attic where Leonard hung out. Maude always had a fairly large garden in the front yard. Leonard hated that so one time
      when his mother, Maude, was in the hospital he took out the garden (which was then bearing vegetables) and planted a lawn. After that, Maude never tried to plant a garden again.

      In 1942, Harold Mead (Maude Erhardt's brother) decided he would live with his mother (Emma Mead); and he built a very nice three bedroom home next to the first house on the second empty lot. The address of this second house was 2610 K Street. It is a three bedroom home with 1 bathroom, and is 1,334 square feet. The house had a nice basement in it (and Nelda Griffiths still dreams about going down the stairs into that basement looking for her grandmother). Harold Mead lived there for a while then went off to Ketchikan to work there. Emma Mead lived there until she died, in 1949.

      The family that then bought the house from Harold Mead was good friends of Nelda Griffiths and lived in that house until a few years ago. They died and it was sold in 2002.

      The houses were very close to the Vancouver Barracks where, during the war, prisoners were kept. They often got loose and would be found on the back porch. Maude would feed them and then call the Patrol to come and get them. She would say "they are just kids and not responsible for the War." The barracks is still there and after the war was a Veteran's hospital.

      A young man bought the Maude Erhardt home from Leonard and was still living there until about 2009. He loved the house, and Nelda Griffiths would drive by once in a while and he usually would come out to talk to her. He never changed a thing in the house, not even repainting it, but it was in very good condition.
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    Residence 1 Apr 1940  2614 K Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    House 
    • "Maud" E. Erhardt was 46 and a widow. She was living in a house that she owned that was worth $1000 (in 2010 values this would equal to about $61,000). With her were her children:
      Leonard E., 14
      Nelda L., 9
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    Employment Abt 1941  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Newspaper Delivery 
    • Was able to move from being a newspaper delivery "boy" to being a newspaper deliverer with a car route. He did that till he graduated High School. The newspaper was the Vancouver Columbian.
    Education Jun 1944  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Vancouver High School graduate 
    • Since it was the same school that three of his aunts attended, the teachers thought he was Nelda Erhart's younger brother, even though he was 11 years younger than this youngest aunt.
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    Travel Abt Aug 1944  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • After high school graduation, Leonard went to Chicago to see the midget car races. He brought back a golden cross necklace for Nelda, his sister. She has worn it ever since and treasures it.
    Nelda Griffiths necklace
    Nelda Griffiths necklace
    When Leonard Erhardt went to Chicago, after his high school graduation, he brought back this necklace for his sister, Nelda, who as treasured it ever…
    Employment 1945  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    North American 
    • Worked about a year, and then was laid off due to the end of the war. But, in the year he worked there, he had learned the proceedures used at Boeing.
    Chronicle Abt 25 Dec 1948  618 West 36th Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Christmas Dinner at Lily Quarnberg's 
    • Lily had her parents, sister Julia, and her brother's widow and children over for dinner.
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    Employment 1951  Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Draftsman 
    • Senior Draftsman at Boeing. He was a superb left-handed draftman for the company.
    Residence 23 Mar 1951  Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1968  9536 Prather Road, Rochester, Thurston, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Michigan Hill farm 
    • Irene tended the Christmas tree farm on the property.
    Employment May 1972  Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vacation Trailer Repair 
    • Ran ads in the local paper announcing his availability for vacation trailer and camper repairs, modifications and maintenance.
    Employment Sep 1972  Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Moble Home repair 
    • Ran ads in the local paper announcing his availability to do moble home repair and maintenance.
    Employment 1974  Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Engineer for Boeing 
    • Worked with airlines to solve the many problems they have.
    Residence 1977  Renton, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Retired 1985  Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 17
    • Had worked at Boeing for 34 years. He retired after his wife died to continue her work on the Christmas tree farm they owned.
    Occupation 1993  7808 North-East 51st Street #123, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Weekly Trip 
    • When his Aunt Lilly was put into a care home, he made the 100 mile drive each week to visit his favorite aunt.
    Illness Abt 2000 
    Macular Degeneration 
    • He had macular degeneration (a common ailment in the family) that left him almost blind. He could see some shapes and some light colors, but not enough to know what the objects are.
      Bobby, Thomasine's son, looked after him and handled correspondence, etc.
      His little dog from Mongolia let him know when anyone came around by barking, something he appreciated.
      Janet took care of Leonard's business affairs.
    Med. Note
    • The foot infection began to be troublesome three weeks before he passed away.
    Will
    • After Leonard's death, there was a lot of conflict over his substantial property. The will only included Thomasine's son, who lived on Leonard's property, and none of the other grandchildren, being a real frustration to them. The girls got a handsome settlement and Thomasine's son is still living on the property.
    Physical Description General reputation  [6
    • Leonard had a reputation of being anti-social due to a hair-trigger temper, and for telling family members to not come around again. His family found him controlling and demanding, while those not close to him found him friendly and outgoing.

      He was jealous of his sister and her close relationship with the Erhardt family, and there was no justification of it, since the Erhardt family members treated both siblings in the same friendly and generous manner. He never did anything but complain about the Erhardts, but never seemed to have a reason for doing so.

      The bitterness seems to have come from the brief moments before his dad died at the hospital. His father came to, looked directly at Nelda who was sitting there holding his hand and said "Goodbye" and then died. From that moment onward, Leonard felt that Nelda was favored by his father and the Erhardts. He spent the rest of his life feeling sorry for himself.
    Employment Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herald Express newspaper 
    • Worked at different newspapers in Los Angeles before moving back to Vancouver.
    Employment Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Oregon Journal newspaper 
    Died 5 Dec 2006  Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Infection that spread from his foot 
    Person ID I4493  MacomberKin | Daniel Erhardt family, Schunke family
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2015 

    Father William Eugene Erhardt,   b. 14 Jul 1903, Winnipeg, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1937, 2014 C Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Maude Emma Mead,   b. 5 Jul 1893, Mead, Carbon, Wyoming, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1983, Olympia, Thurston, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Family ID F254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Irene Lillian Briggs,   b. 6 May 1922, Coleman, Coleman, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1983, Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1952  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19, 20
    • Leonard was 26 and Irene was 29. They were married at the First Methodist Church by Rev. Olin Graham. Irene brought three children into the marriage: Evelyn, Thomasine, and Janet. Leonard took very good care of the family, and Irene was grateful for what Leonard did for her children, but as the years passed, she found more and more excuses to stay with her sister, and could not bring herself to get a divorce.

      There was a lot of sibling rivalry between her children and their child (Dan). Leonard may have favored Dan over her children, but most of it was strong sibling rivalry.
    Leonard and Irene Erhardt marriage license
    Leonard and Irene Erhardt marriage license
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F1547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart