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Edward Rolland Erhardt

Edward Rolland Erhardt

Male 1905 - 1990  (85 years)

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  • Name Edward Rolland Erhardt 
    Born 27 Jul 1905  Whitemouth, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Tthe family had a farm near Whitemouth, Manitoba, Canada. Life was difficult for his parents. They were the last house from the town in an unsettled area. A doctor was miles away.
    Gender Male 
    Residence 27 Jul 1905  Whitemouth, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last farm in area 
    • The family had a farm near Whitemouth, Manitoba, Canada. Life was difficult for his parents. They were the last house from the town in an unsettled area. A doctor was miles away.
    Residence 4 Jul 1906  Whitemouth, , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    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  [2
    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
    Illness 1909  Morris, Pembina Valley, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Pneumonia 
    • The doctor said that Edward needed to get to a warmer climate for his health.
    Immigration 29 Nov 1910  Pembina, Pembina, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 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.
    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  [4
    Fair complexion, light hair, blue eyes 
    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  [2
    Temporary quarters 
    • The family stayed in the area for about a month.
    Residence Feb 1911  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    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  [2
    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  [2
    Persecution of U.S. German Immigrants 
    • Daniel, the father, 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.

      For Ed, the taunting was very difficult for his proud and quick tempered nature. The area children picked on him in particular. Things got so bad his parents had to take their children out of the Pacheco 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  [2
    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  [2
    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  [2
    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.
    Religion Abt Mar 1920  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Baptized at First Baptist Church 
    • Ed was 14.
    Chronicle Abt 3 May 1920  Yreka, Siskiyou, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Move from Redding, Monday's Progress 
    • By early May, 1920, the family was on the road. Roads were not paved and most were single lane with deep ruts, and following farm fence lines. Creeks had to be forded, hills and mountains crossed. The area has some of the most rugged terrain, and the 520 mile trip took four long days. The trip was made in an old Maxwell open touring car, Daniel had purchased. The Maxwell had a good engine, and 36 horsepower. Dan was made the family driver, with Ed helping briefly. Six people rode in the car (Dan was 24, Ed was 14, mother Julia was 42, Lily was 12, Clara was 9, and Nelda was 5) with the barrel of dishes, and other household articles being the seats. The running boards held the luggage. Leaving Redding at 8 a.m. they reached Yreka at midnight. They managed to cover over 100 miles of exceedingly rough mountainous terrain in the 16 hours.
    Maxwell Touring Car
    Maxwell Touring Car
    An unrestored, fully original Maxwell that was for sale. Daniel Erhardt, being a mechanic, knew how good the Maxwell engines were, and so owned such…
    Julia Erhardt getting a drink on the road
    Julia Erhardt getting a drink on the road
    Dan, her son is watching her.

    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    from Nelda…
    Julia Erhardt camp at Eureka
    Julia Erhardt camp at Eureka
    Julia Erhardt, Daniel (her son), Ed, Lily, Clara, and Nelda camp on the first night of their move.
    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's…
    Chronicle Abt 4 May 1920  Myrtle Creek, Douglas, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Move from Redding, Tuesday's Progress 
    • Second Day's progress of over 130 miles.
    Julia Erhardt's family in mountains
    Julia Erhardt's family in mountains
    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's…
    Julia Erhardt and family campsite in Oregon
    Julia Erhardt and family campsite in Oregon
    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    Note: Lily has campsite at Myrtle Creek, and…
    Chronicle Abt 5 May 1920  Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Move from Redding, Wednesday's Progress 
    • Third Day's progress was over 150 miles. During the trip they saw a train at Wolf Creek and sang the song: "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad." Everyone was so very tired. They arrived in Salem and stayed with Uncle Gustav Schunke and Cousin Ed.
    Julia Erhardt and family mountain stop
    Julia Erhardt and family mountain stop
    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's…
    Julia Erhardt visiting Uncle Gustav Schunke?
    Julia Erhardt visiting Uncle Gustav Schunke?
    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's…
    Residence 6 May 1920  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    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."
    Chronicle Abt 6 May 1920  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Move from Redding, Thursday's Progress 
    • Early the fourth day they stopped in Portland to see Grandma and Grandpa Schunke. They crossed the big Columbia River and reached Orchards by the late afternoon. The trip was over 70 miles.
    Julia Erhardt and family on lunch break
    Julia Erhardt and family on lunch break
    Julia Erhardt, sons Dan and Ed, and daughters, Lily, Clara, and Nelda on their move to Washington.

    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's…
    Employment Abt Jun 1920  Ridgefield, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    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.
    Religion 1922  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Member of Emmanuel Baptist Church 
    • The church the family attended in Vancouver was Emmanuel Baptist Church. It purchased the historic buildings of the former Presbyterian Church. Later, the Baptist congregation sold them to move out of town.
    Emmanuel Baptist Church of Vancouver
    Emmanuel Baptist Church of Vancouver
    Taken from an unidentifiable newspaper clipping in Nelda Douthit's Big Album. Extensively retouched and reworked, Clinton Macomber
    Residence May 1922  3308 East Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Rebuilt house 
    • In the Spring of 1922, it was decided to move closer to Portland, so the now two girls would be closer to the high school and perhaps Daniel could find easier employment. This two story house was in Vancouver, but was really a rebuilt house after having caught fire. It came with an acre. The down payment was met from the sale of the Orchards house, and the annual mortgage payment looked feasible. The house did have running water and electricity! Nelda's school was just across the street.
    Daniel and Julia Erhardt Home
    Daniel and Julia Erhardt Home
    Daniel and Julia Erhardt Vancouver house backyard
    Daniel and Julia Erhardt Vancouver house backyard
    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's possession;
    processed by Clinton Macomber's family, 5/24/2010
    Daniel & Julia Erhardt's Vancouver house
    Daniel & Julia Erhardt's Vancouver house
    Lily is holding Leno in foreground.
    from Nelda Douthit's Album in Glenda Macomber's possession;
    processed by Clinton Macomber's family, 5/24/2010
    Naturalization 6 Jan 1923  Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 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.
    Employment Dec 1923  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Railroad Signal Department 
    • Ed, 18, left home to go to Redding and to spend Christmas with that part of the family. His siblings (Dan, Julia, and Leona) shared an apartment there. While visiting he accepted a job with the signal department of the railroad. He kept the job for 45 years.
    Chronicle Abt 1928  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Meets Kittos 
    • William met Elizabeth Kitto first and she fell in love with him. When Mary came along, and was introduced, Bill was smitten by Mary. Elizabeth "carried a torch" for William for years afterward, but married Mary.
    Residence 1 Apr 1930  1576 Chestnut Street, Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    House 
    • Daniel J. Erhardt was 34 and Merle D. was 34 as well. They owned the house valued at $3000, and had a radio. Kenneth D. was 4 years old. With them was Daniel's brother, Edward R. Erhardt, who was 25.
    Census page, Redding, California, page 1A
    Census page, Redding, California, page 1A
    Employment 1 Apr 1930  Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Signal man for the railroad 
    Census page, Redding, California, page 1A
    Census page, Redding, California, page 1A
    Residence 1 Apr 1935  Kennett, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    House 
    • Edward, Mary and Gloria Erhardt were living in a town that has since been buried under the man-made Shasta Lake.
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    from Ancestry.com, modified by Rev. Clinton Macomber, May 8, 2012.
    Residence 1937  Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    House 
    Religion Abt 1940  [9
    Believed in God 
    • When Ed's daughter, Gloria, was about nine, she asked him if there was really a God. He told her to look around at the trees, sky and stars and try to figure out how they got there. When she could not answer that, he said: "I guess you will have to believe in God until you can think of a better answer!"
    Residence 1 Apr 1940  Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    House 
    • Edward R. Erhardt was 35 years old and Mary T. was 39.
      The house was at 2310 25th Street, which is a location now under the Lincoln Highway. They were renting it for $35 a month (or in 2010 equal values, $2,140).
      Gloria was 8 years old.
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    from Ancestry.com, modified by Rev. Clinton Macomber, May 8, 2012.
    Employment 1 Apr 1940  Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Maintenance 
    • Edward was working as a signal maintenance man for a steam railway company. He had worked 48 weeks the previous year and had put in a 52 hour week the previous week. The previous year he had earned $2100 (in 2010 this would equal to about $140,000).
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    Census page 11a, Sacramento, California
    from Ancestry.com, modified by Rev. Clinton Macomber, May 8, 2012.
    Employment Abt 1944 
    World War II employment deferment 
    • During WWII Ed was deferred from serving in the war as his job was essential to keep the trains rolling. He served as an Air Warden when home and later ended his career as one of the Vice Presidents of Southern Pacific Railroad.
    Family Gathering 14 Aug 1944  3308 East Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Anniversary Celebration 
    • The couple got newspaper coverage of their 50th wedding anniversary, having raised 9 children, of which 6 were still living. They had seven grandchildren.

      The Daniel Erhardt family gathered to celebrate Daniel and Julia's 50th wedding anniversary. This was the first time that Gloria met her cousin, Nelda, and her grandparents. It was a wonderful experience for her and a great time for the whole family to have a chance to get together. Present were:
      Daniel and Julia Erhardt
      Juliette
      Maud and Nelda Erhardt
      Edward, Mary, and Gloria Erhardt
      Lily
      Nelda and Glynn, Glenda, and Peggy Douthit
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Hobbies All Boys Whitman Choir singer 
    • His great aunt Lil thought he had the voice of an angel.
    School Never finished High School 
    • While he never graduated from highschool, he was able to work Gloria's calculus problems in regular math and come up with the correct answers. He taught himself to read blueprints and was responsible for considerable construction on the railroad.
    Religion Member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church 
    Residence 617 52nd Street, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    House 
    Residence 1945  Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    House 
    • Ed & Mary Erhardt (and Gloria) were living at 1227 25th Street. The address does not exist today, but was near L Street and on the west side of the street.
    Residence 1960  3098 24th Street, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    House 
    • The house was built in 1942, has four bedrooms and 1 bathroom. It is 1788 square feet. Behind the house is the old railroad yard.
    Employment 1960  Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Assistant 
    • He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as an assistant supervisor.
    Residence 1967  6729 Riverside Drive, Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    House 
    • Phone number was 241-7025
    Retired Abt 1968 
    • Edward retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad after 45 years of employment in the Signal Department. Edward was a member of BPOE and LOOM.
    Physical Description Gloria Perryman's Memories  [14
    • "My father felt that he and Clara were the black sheep of the family. I think that no matter the color of the sheep you still need the wool, be it over your eyes or on your back."
    Physical Description Thought well of  [9
    • Most of the men he supervised thought well of him and knew that they had to work when under him. His first lesson to them was to hand them a pick and shovel to dig ditches. College students had difficulty understanding this concept. His remark was that this is how you work from the ground up.

      Among the favorite songs were the hymns and songs: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee,""In the Garden,""You Are My Sunshine," "Silver Threads among the Gold," and "This Little Light of Mine."

      He called his daughter Gloria by the nickname of 'Maggie.' She did not know it until later, but it was from the comic figure in 'Maggie and Jiggs.' Jiggs was a man who liked the old lifestyle and habits of being poor, and his well-to-do wife, Maggie, was always trying to pull Jiggs into proper society, but the process usually did not work!
    Education High School  [7
    • Edward completed 2 years of high school.
    Died 30 Sep 1990  920 Sunset Drive, Bridgeport, Harrison, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Mount Clare, Harrison, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Zachs Run Road 
    • The funeral was handled by Allen Funeral Home and he was entombed in the Floral Hills Mausoleum. Rev. Michael T. Amory officiated the services.
    Person ID I750  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 1 Edna Marie Cunningham,   b. 22 Jan 1899, Clifton, Mason, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1997, Winchester, Winchester (city), Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1964 
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F1137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Tomazine Kitto,   b. 4 May 1900, Cinnabar Gulch, Trinity, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1963, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1929  Carson City, Carson City (city), Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Gloria Adella Erhardt,   b. 20 Jun 1931, Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 2012, Novato, Marin, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F1639  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart