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Clara Rose Erhardt[1, 2, 3]

Female 1910 - 1973  (63 years)


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  • Name Clara Rose Erhardt 
    Born 2 Jul 1910  Morris, Pembina Valley, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender Female 
    Immigration 29 Nov 1910  Pembina, Pembina, North Dakota, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 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  [6
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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.
    Chronicle Abt 3 May 1920  Yreka, Siskiyou, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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  [7
    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…
    School Jul 1921  Orchards, Clark, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Home School 
    • In the Summer of 1921, Lily (13) with her sister, Clara (10), decided to set up school so they could teach their sister Nelda (6) and prepare her to enter public school. Nelda learned so much she was placed in 3rd grade that Fall.
    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  [7
    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  [7
    • 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
    Residence 1937  Redlands, San Bernardino, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    House 
    Name Clara Rose Darby 
    Physical Description Gloria Perryman memories  [2
    • "Aunt Clara was fascinating because she was [one of] the youngest [of the Erhardt family] and lived an exciting life."
    Chronicle 1951  2752 Lanning Avenue, Redding, Shasta, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family gathering 
    • The married Erhardt sisters got together at Glynn and Nelda's house
    Daniel Erhardt's married children
    Daniel Erhardt's married children
    Glynn & Nelda Douthit; Patrick & Leona Coleman; Harold & Lily Quarnburg; Frank & Clara Darby; Ralph and Juliette Sheppard
    Employment Claremont, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dietician at Claremont College 
    Died 3 Sep 1973  San Diego, San Diego, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cause: Stomach cancer 
    Person ID I753  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 Francis Combs Darby,   b. 22 Aug 1909, Seattle, King, Washington, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 2012, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 103 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1930  [9
    • He was 20 and she was 19.
    Clara Darby wedding dress
    Clara Darby wedding dress
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart