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William Eugene Erhardt

William Eugene Erhardt

Male 1903 - 1937  (33 years)

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  • Name William Eugene Erhardt 
    Immigration 1 Apr 1903  Winnipeg, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Julia Erhardt's father, Rev. William Shunke, was pastoring in this town. Dan was 28 and Julia was 25. Their children were: Daniel, age 8; Juliette, age 5; Clarence, age 2; and Leona, to be two in two days. Julia was pregnant with William who was born three months later.
    Born 14 Jul 1903  Winnipeg, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Residence Abt 1905  Whitemouth, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farm house 
    • The family moved to a farm in Whitemouth, where Daniel and his friends built a large cabin room with a loft. Julia loved the white birch floors there. Here life was difficult. They were the last house from the town in an unsettled area. Daniel hunted moose for meat. The garden grew fast. Daniel and the older children put in long days doing farm work while Julia canned all the fruit and vegetables available. They froze beans in blocks of ice which they sawed off as needed for food. There were no doctors for miles, or any schools.
    Residence 4 Jul 1906  Whitemouth, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farm house 
    • Daniel Erhardt was 32 and Julia was 28. They were living in on a farm. Their children:
      Daniel J. was 11
      Juliet S. was 9
      Clarence R. was 7
      Leona C. was 5
      William was 3
      Edward R. was 1.
      For animals they had 2 horses, 5 milk cows, a non-milk cow, and 7 pigs.
    Census page, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada, page 20
    Census page, Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada, page 20
    Residence 1907  Morris, Pembina Valley, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farm house 
    • The family next moved to a farm about 40 miles south of Winnepeg near Morris. They were close to a school for the children and a doctor.
    Dan and Julia Erhardt children in Canada
    Dan and Julia Erhardt children in Canada
    Back row: Clarence, Juliette, and Daniel
    Front: Leona, Edward, and William
    from Nelda Griffiths, retouched, Clinton Macomber 4/24/2010
    Immigration 29 Nov 1910  Pembina, Pembina, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    • Daniel was 37 and Julia was 33. Their children were: Daniel, 16; Julia, 33; Leona, 9; Willie, 7; Edward, 5; Lily, 3 and Clara who was 6 months old. The family was moving from Morris, Manitoba, Canada to Gridley, California.

      This move was caused by the extreme cold weather, and the loss of William's brother Clarence, and the potential loss of other siblings, if the move was not done as soon as possible. Daniel, the father, intended to return to Canada, once the family's health improved, so he did not redeclare his United States Citizenship, but instead retained his Canadian citizenship status when entering the United States.
    Border Crossing Log at Pembina, North Dakota
    Border Crossing Log at Pembina, North Dakota
    Physical Description 29 Nov 1910  Pembina, Pembina, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Fair complexion, dark hair, hazel eyes 
    • William was the odd ball among brothers and sisters with light brown hair and blue eyes. Instead he had dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He was 7 years old.
    Border Crossing Log at Pembina, North Dakota
    Border Crossing Log at Pembina, North Dakota
    Residence Dec 1910  Gridley, Butte, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Temporary quarters 
    • The family stayed in the area for about a month. It may have been Oroville.
    Residence Feb 1911  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    60 acre farm 
    • The farm was in the Pacheco district which was just six miles south-east of Redding, and bought a 60 acre farm and small house. The house was 24' by 24' and there were nine of them to fit into it. There were two small bedrooms and they made the pantry into a third bedroom for the boys. There was a bed (filled with corn husks or straw) for each room. Those in each room shared the bed, the parents getting one, the girls another, and the boys the third little one. The living and kitchen areas were the same room, but Daniel built a cupboard to act as a little divider to separate the rooms, and an old pump organ was backed up to the back of the cupboard.

      The ground in this area is very rocky and of very poor quality. Daniel and the boys tried to raise alfalfa, oats and barley. Mother tried to keep a garden. The Insect pests were numerous, making harvests pretty grim.

      About 20 feet from the back door was a well, and it was the only source for the water on the 60 acres. All the water had to be hand drawn in buckets, and barrels would be filled to have the horses drag to where it was needed.
    Pacheco, California map
    Pacheco, California map
    by Clinton Macomber
    Chronicle 1913  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Severe Flooding 
    • The snows melted in the mountains so quickly they caused severe flooding of the rivers and creeks. Daniel at first tried to dig ditches to turn the water away from their house, but it was useless. While he hitched the horses to the wagon, mother gathered a few belongings and herded the children into the wagon. The boys were left with one neighbor on higher ground and the girls with another neighbor. Both Dan and Julia returned home against the advice of the neighbors. The river rose so fast that in half an hour the valley was a “mirror.” The house was up off the ground four feet, so it did not damage their floor, as it did so many others, but came up to it. They were about ¾ of a mile from the Sacramento river.
    Chronicle 1917  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Persecution of U.S. German Immigrants 
    • Daniel had expected to live out the rest of his days in Canada and so had become a Canadian citizen. When he re-entered the United States, he had not tried be reinstated as a United States citizen. Since the family was German, the war with Germany was difficult for German Americans. Neighbors soon began to say they were “pro-German” and the school children would taunt the Erhardt children in school. Things got so bad they had to take the children out of school for several days. It was at this point that Daniel and Julia spoke German very rarely unless around her father.

      Julia had a service flag in the window with two stars in it--one for her son, and one for her youngest brother, Louis Schunke. She would knit socks following the Red Cross instructions. Lily knit washcloths, and the older girls knit sweaters, mufflers, caps, etc. for the soldiers.

      Dan was not sure where his parents stood while at war, but his letters were filled with such patriotism that it awoke an interest among the younger children. In one letter his mother wrote that she was proud of his stand as a citizen and soldier. He replied he was very glad, because he really wanted to hear that.
    Chronicle 1918  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Fire 
    • Daniel and Bill were away logging in the hills. The fire season had started, and the main fires were just 10 miles away. Then the wind shifted suddenly and large pieces of burning bark and flaming cones started dropping in the yard, and soon the nearby woods were aflame. The men of the neighborhood came, hoping to stop the fire from heading south and endangering many homes in the valley. Lilly and Ed were sent to draw water and fill the barrels. Their arms ached, and two men stopped for a drink who had been fighting the fire for several days, but realized there were no men there, just mother and small children. The men quickly soaked the roof with the water and then lay in the grass for a couple hours to get some sleep. Lily was stationed at the haystack to put out any flames as they started. Even three year old Nelda helped mother carry goods from the house, and protect them with wet quilts and blankets. The oldest daughters found a way from town to help mother and spent the night watching the house. Sleeping for the youngsters was hard. From the window they could see and hear the beautiful pine trees burning around them, and when they slept they had nightmares about being in the middle of a huge fire, only to wake up and see it was true. The wind shifted that night and a few days later there were only smoldering posts and stumps to remind them of the fire, but the house had been saved.
    Chronicle 1919  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Rampant Influenza 
    • The West Coast had a rampant spread of influenza. Everyone on the streets of Redding had to wear masks.
    Residence Jan 1920  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Rental house in town 
    • The farm finally sold at the beginning of the year. Because of the need to vacate quickly, they rented a house in Redding, by the river.
    Employment Abt Mar 1920  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Logging 
    • William was the second living son as the family grew, and when the oldest boy, Daniel, left home, much of the work fell upon him. He and his dad did lots of logging work together in the hills around Redding area.
    Chronicle Apr 1920  Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    House hunting 
    • Daniel and his son, Bill, took the train to Portland to find a house for the family.
    Residence 6 May 1920  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farm house 
    • Daniel had described the house in glowing terms, but Julia's heart sank when she saw it. The house did have enough rooms in the two stories, but it was crudely built and the rooms were not finished. There was a living room carpet, but when it was removed, it was there to cover the holes that had been cut through the floor. There was a pump by the back door, but no running water in the kitchen or bathroom. In spite of these disappointing things, Julia went right to work with her good taste and ability to "make do."
    Employment Abt Jun 1920  Ridgefield, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Road Builder 
    • Daniel Erhardt and his two boys, William and Edward, got a job building a single lane concrete highway from Vancouver to Pekins Ferry near Ridgefield. All three men found it difficult to find jobs after this project was finished, since jobs were hard to find.
    Residence 1923  Vanport City, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Boarding house 
    Employment 1923  Vanport City, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Machine shop worker 
    • Jobs were difficult to find where his parents lived, so William left home and got a job at a machine shop. It was less costly to live at the boarding house near work than return home.
    Bill Erhardt on bridge
    Bill Erhardt on bridge
    Photo taken on the 1st Avenue bridge, not far from Bill's work.

    Photo from Nelda Griffith, processed by Clinton Macomber on Apr 4, 2011.
    Bill Erhardt
    Bill Erhardt
    photo from Nelda Griffiths, processed by Naomi & Clinton Macomber on May 7, 2011.
    Bill Erhardt 450 feet from street level, L.C. Smith building
    Bill Erhardt 450 feet from street level, L.C. Smith building
    photo from Nelda Griffiths, scanned by Nelda Griffiths, processed by Clinton Macomber on May 20, 2011.
    Naturalization 6 Jan 1923  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Daniel Erhardt got his citizenship papers, and they gave citizenship to Edward, Rolland, Lily, and Clara. However, since the process had been delayed so long, Julia had to go through the same process separately since the laws had changed. Her papers were issued on July 7, 1923.
    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
    Employment Abt 1927  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Road Work 
    • Had a job building State Highway 99 from Vancouver to the border of Vancouver, British Columbia. That highway with changes has become Highway 5.
    Residence 1 Apr 1930  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    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
    Employment 1 Apr 1930  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Pulp and Paper Mill loader 
    • Worked for the Vancouver Paper Mill for several years until he died.
    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  [10
    House 
    • Moved from the Orchards district.
    Chronicle Abt 1935  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Nelda's earliest memory 
    • Nelda's earliest memory of her father was when they were living in a little house on "C" Street, in Vancouver, WA. She writes: "He was sitting in a rocking chair and I was on the floor in front of our heating stove. He was teaching me to add with matchsticks. I have no idea how old I was at that time."
    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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    Med. Note
    • Listed as cerebral hemorrhage
    Religion Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    First Methodist Church 
    • Church member
    Name Bill Erhardt 
    Died 16 Apr 1937  2014 C Street, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 11, 12, 13
    Cause: Brain Aneurysm 
    • When their son, Leonard, was twelve years old, and their daughter, Nelda, was seven, William died of what was called a "cerebral hemorrhage." Today this would most likely be called a "brain aneurysm."

      Nelda would customarily go wake up her father each morning and get her morning hug. But on this particular morning in 1937, he was "sprawled on the bed with his clothes on one side of his body. He could not speak, see, or move."

      He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and spent five days there paralyzed, blind and unable to speak. In his last seconds of life, while his daughter, Nelda, was sitting on his bed at the hospital holding his hand, he briefly came to, squeezed her hand, looked directly at her and said "Goodbye" and then died. His wife was a few feet away, and Leonard was at the back of the room.

      So much for the traditional concerns of his parents and others that were against his marriage of an "older" woman, William passed away when 33 years old! His widow lived for many years afterward.

      William was 33 years, 10 months and 2 days old.
    Buried 18 Apr 1937  Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Address:
    5915 East Mill Plain Boulevard 
    • Buried at C 238-4, later his wife's remains were buried beside his.
    William Eugene Erhardt obituary
    William Eugene Erhardt obituary
    from Nelda Griffiths, processed by Clinton Macomber in July 9, 2011
    Person ID I748  MacomberKin | Daniel Erhardt family, Schunke family
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2015 

    Father Daniel Gotlieb Erhardt, Junior,   b. 21 Jul 1874, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1956, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Julia Schunke,   b. 18 Mar 1878, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1947, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Family ID F250  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 14 Jul 1924  Kelso, Cowlitz, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7, 12, 16
    • The marriage of Maude Emma Mead to William Eugene Erhardt was viewed askance because Maude was 10 years older than William. His parents were against the marriage, so he had to wait till he turned 21 to get married. The day before his birthday, he came home to talk to his mother after dark. Dad had gone to bed, since he had to get up early for work. Mother was quite upset, worrying that his wife would not be there to help him as he aged and became incapacitated. If he married, he was made to promise he would bring his new bride to the house. He did, and she was welcomed as a daughter from that day forward, not to say she was ever not welcome before then! Maude was 31 when they got married. The marraige was performed by Rev. Thornton.
    William and Emma Erhardt Marriage Register
    William and Emma Erhardt Marriage Register
    from Nelda Griffiths, processed by Clinton Macomber on July 5, 2011.
    William and Maude Erhardt, wedding photo
    William and Maude Erhardt, wedding photo
    from Nelda Griffiths;
    retouched, Clinton Macomber, 4/24/2010
    Maude and Bill Erhardt, just married
    Maude and Bill Erhardt, just married
    Maude and Bill after there marriage visiting his parents in Port Orchard, Washington.

    photo from Nelda Griffiths, processed by Clinton Macomber on…
    Children 
    +1. Leonard Eugene Erhardt,   b. 10 Oct 1925, Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 2006, Centralia, Lewis, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Living
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F254  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart