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David Jacob Erhardt

David Jacob Erhardt

Male 1883 - 1973  (89 years)

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  • Name David Jacob Erhardt 
    Born 4 Jul 1883  Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1 Jan 1885  Mill Street, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    House 
    • Daniel Erhardt was 40 years old in Sophia was 37. Their children at home were:
      Josephine, age 12;
      Daniel, Jr., 10 years;
      Fredrick, six years;
      Franklin, three years;
      David, one year;
      Mary, a new baby.
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 181
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 181
    Residence 1895  1314 Chestnut Street, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    House 
    Daniel Erhardt family house
    Daniel Erhardt family house
    from Linda Sebastia, modified by Rev. Clinton Macomber, Oct 30, 2011.
    Residence 1 Jun 1900  Pleasant Valley, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farm House 
    • Wesley J. Miller was 37 years old and Marie was 33. They had been married 15 years and had eight children.
      Louisa, 14, at school student for 7 months
      Esther, 12, at school student for 8 months
      Mary, 10, at school student for 8 months
      Wesley, 8, student for 8 months
      Hulda, 6
      George, 4
      Lily, 2
      Benedict, one month baby
      David Erhardt, 17
    Census page 13b, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
    Census page 13b, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
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    Census page 14a, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
    Census page 14a, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
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    Employment 1 Jun 1900  Pleasant Valley, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Laborer 
    • Was living as a servant with the Wesley Miller family and worked for them as a farm laborer.
    Census page 13b, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
    Census page 13b, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
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    Census page 14a, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
    Census page 14a, Pleasant Valley, Iowa
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    Residence 10 Mar 1903  Hawkeye, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Farm 
    • Kept farm near Hawkeye until 1914, and four children were born while they were living there Raymond, Clara, Fred, and Florence.
    Residence 1 Jan 1905  Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • The family consisted of David J. Erhart, Ida and Raymond
    Census index page, Pleasant Valley area, Iowa
    Census index page, Pleasant Valley area, Iowa
    Occupation 15 Apr 1910  Hawkeye, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Rented Farm 
    • David worked the farm as a farmer, and Ida (unusual for day) was a farm laborer of the house farm.
      Ida's brother, 15 year old John Burrow was there too, working as a farm laborer and going to school.
    Census page, Windsor, Iowa, page 4B
    Census page, Windsor, Iowa, page 4B
    Residence 15 Apr 1910  Hawkeye, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farm House 
    • David and Ida were 26. They had been married for 6 years and had given birth to three children. At the house was
      Raymond, age 6;
      Clara, age 4;
      and Florence, age 3 months.
      Ida's brother, 15 year old John Burrow was there too, working as a farm laborer and going to school.
    Census page, Windsor, Iowa, page 4B
    Census page, Windsor, Iowa, page 4B
    Residence 1914  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12, 13, 14
    Farmhouse 
    • The David Erhardt family left the farm near Hawkeye to farm near Clermont.

      The farmhouse was north of town. On the right side, David added an addition made of wood to the house. On the left side, there was a large, open, tan colored porch that was made with brick pillars.

      The David Erhardt children grew up in this house and later daughter Marion Kirkestue and her family lived and worked the farm for about 4 years.

      The farm had a fish pond fed by rainwater. There were lots of snakes in the yard and so children were never allowed to play in it. It was believed that the rock garden behind the pond and the deep water attracted the snakes.

      Life on the Daniel Erhardt Farm, 1914-1947
      By Anna Mae Newton and Linda Sebastian
      Edited by Clinton Macomber, June 27, 2011, revised July 27, 2011

      Introduction

      The family had a general farm just north of Clermont, Iowa. Anna Mae Newton wrote down some memories of growing up there. These are precious to family members since they revive memories for those who grew up similarly, and to city folks to begin to form an understanding of the old country way of living.

      Chores

      Each family member had a job to do. Marion gathered eggs, Anna Mae carried the wood and emptied the pots, David took care of the hogs, Raymond took care of the horses, Francis fed the chickens, and all the girls milked the cows. Anna Mae only did the milking when David and Ida went to see his brother, Dan Erhardt, in Vancouver. Anna Mae helped Ray, but only milked three cows, while he did the rest.

      When some of the children left home, Anna Mae did the dishes, but would hurry to get them off the table just as a person was taking their last bite. She wanted to get the dishes done as quickly as possible so she could hurry to the barn and not miss anything that was being said.

      Grain Farming

      David was very independent when it came to farming, and so he did not call for the neighbor's help much. When he started he was with a threshing ring. When he saved up enough money, he bought a small threshing machine and called it 'Yellow Baby Avery.' The crew was his children. The girls gathered the bundles of grain and brought them from the fields to the barn. Raymond pitched the bales into the machine, Ida ran the blower, and David built the haystack. Florence and Frances handled the grain wagon, and Anna Mae helped them. Later on, Ray bought a combine.

      Food

      People didn't go to the store very often. When they did, they would buy 100 pounds of sugar, flour, salt, and they sent to the Henry Fields Company in Shenandoah, Iowa, for coffee.

      The family raised a big garden, and canned as much as they could. The potatoes, cabbage, and carrots were kept in the basement, which had a dirt floor. Potato digging time was a family event. Everyone had a pail, and would gather the potatoes and load them onto the wagon till it was full. The wagon of potatoes was hauled to the house, and then unloaded into the large potato bin. The potato bin was really big.

      Butchering

      The family butchered their own cows, pigs, and sheep. The butchered animal had to hang in the tree to keep it cool until they could can it. They put a sheet over it so the birds wouldn't pick at it. Some of the pork was fried and lard put over it in a crock pot. Some of it was canned in glass jars. Later they obtained a tin canner, and Anna Mae learned to run it. When Frances left home, Anna Mae would take the canner to the Dreier's house and help them with their butchering.

      Anna Mae loved this time being away from home. They would take the pigtails and try to pin them on someone. One time they put the pigtail on Albert Dreier and he got mad. It was quite funny to watch because he weighed about 300 pounds.

      Laundry

      The family had a washing machine and an electric iron, but they would mostly use the old flat irons from the stove. In order to have soft water to wash clothes then, they had a cistern that collected water from the barn roof. The water would be carried in large milk cans from the cistern to the house, and emptied into a wash boiler that sat on the stove. Ida always felt that the water had to be boiling hot before it could be used to wash clothes.

      Utilities

      At the farmhouse, David Erhardt in his family had lanterns and lamps. When Anna Mae was real little, they purchased a Delco light plant from Dewey Tatro (electric pioneer), of Decorah, Iowa. It was run on batteries. For a while it was used in the basement.

      David built a cellar in the hillside, and the light plant was moved into it. The batteries were 32 volts, and they had to run a generator to charge them. Whenever there were severe storms, David would have his whole family move to the cellar where they would use the light plant for light. David was afraid a cyclone would blow the house away. The cyclones are called tornadoes now. That light plant lasted many years.

      They were the only family to have electricity in the area. Later, an electric company came through, called the Rural Electric Cooperative, and David and some others hooked up with them. The new source of electricity meant they had to rewire their farm for it.

      Their source of water was from a well and pump. The well was up on the hill by a windmill. Ray and David dug a deep trench and laid pipes, so they could have water in the kitchen.

      Evenings

      At night time, the family would go outside and watch the stars. The brick house was in a gully, and would become very hot. They would lay outside until it was quite late, and a bit cooler, before they went to bed. Sometimes they had popcorn to eat.

      School

      The children went to the Junction #8 school most of the time, and Anna Mae went there all eight years. Sometimes there would be a bunch of students and sometimes just a few. The family actually belonged to District #9, but it was normally closed. When a renter with several kids would move into the area, #9 would open. It did not take very many kids to open the school. Frank attended both #8 and #9. Anna Mae always liked school and felt bad when she was through with it.

      The way to get to school was not by using roads, or even their own driveway. They started off behind the house and the whole way was cross-country. They had to go over hills, fences and fields, and across the land of other property owners. As they got closer to school the land levels off a bit and there is a creek that they had to cross. The water in the creek was often high. Once they got across the creek, they were close to the school and the gravel road that ran in front of it. If it snowed a lot and the snow was too deep after a storm, they were kept at home until they could walk through it. They sometimes missed several days of school at a time.

      The father, David Erhardt, did not give his children a ride to school and it would have been a long way around by road to get to the school.

      Anna Mae had already left home when Frank went to the Anderson school. Frank and his friend Donnie played hooky a lot. One time they decided to go to the Junction school and play with the kids there. The teacher asked why they had come, and they said that it was not a school day at their school. So the teacher called the other school, and Frank was caught being truant.

      Frank, a mischievous fellow, had a dog that stayed with him whenever he was outside. The dog followed him to school too, and once Frank got there, the dog went back home. His father, David, noticed the dog was not always coming home during school hours. He checked it out and found out that Frank was playing hooky from school and so the dog was with him all day.

      County Fair

      The whole family got to go to the county fair at West Union on a Thursday each year, since all the relatives would be there on that day. One time Anna Mae had a painful experience when some fellow mistakenly threw a firecracker the wrong direction, and it landed at Anna Mae's feet. Fortunately she had on long white stockings and high shoes, so she was protected from serious injury.

      One time they were at the Fair and Mary Zehrt (David's sister) from Racine, Wisconsin, was visiting. The family was sitting in the grandstand and the firecrackers exploded and cracked very loudly like loud thunder. Mary was very scared, and since they lived near Lake Michigan, the thunder there wasn't very loud. So while the firecrackers were being set off, she sat with the family in the grandstand praying that God would help them. She said she liked Iowa, but didn't want to come in the summertime when they were having those loud crackers.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Occupation 1 Jun 1915  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Farmer 
    • Dave Erhardt had made $200 in the previous year; had a $12,000 farm of which he owed $8,000.
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    Residence 1 Jun 1915  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Farm house 
    • Dave Erhardt was 31 years old, and had been in Iowa almost all his life.
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    Residence 12 Sep 1918  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Farmhouse 
    David Jake Erhardt draft registration card
    David Jake Erhardt draft registration card
    Physical Description 12 Sep 1918  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    35 years old, medium height and build, blue eyes and dark brown hair 
    David Jake Erhardt draft registration card
    David Jake Erhardt draft registration card
    Residence 1 Jan 1920  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Farm 
    • David was 37 and Ida was 36. The house was owned but had a mortgage.
      Raymond was 15 and going to school;
      Clara was 14 and going to school;
      Florence was 11 and going to school;
      Frances was 6 and going to school.
      Marion was 4 and
      Anna Mae was 6 months old.
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, 3A
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, 3A
    Census Page
    Census Page
    Iowa, Fayette County, Clermont
    Employment 1 Jan 1920  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Farmer 
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, 3A
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, 3A
    Census Page
    Census Page
    Iowa, Fayette County, Clermont
    Residence 1 Jan 1925  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Farm house 
    • Dave Erhardt was 41 and Ida was 41 as well. Their children were:
      Raymond, age 20;
      Clara, age 18;
      Florence, age 16;
      Frances, age 14
      Marian, age 12,
      Anna May, age 9
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 1
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 1
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 2
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 2
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 3
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 91-120, page 3
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 1
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 1
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 2
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 2
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 3
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, lines 121-150, page 3
    Residence 1 Apr 1930  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Farm 
    • They owned a farm with a value of $33,000 and had a radio. Dave and Ida were 46 years old. At home was
      Raymond, a farm laborer, 24 years old;
      Francis, 16 years old;
      Marion, in school, 14 years old;
      Anna M., in school, 10 years old; and
      Frankie D., a year and three months old.
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 4A
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 4A
    Employment 1 Apr 1930  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Farmer 
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 4A
    Census page, Clermont, Iowa, page 4A
    Christened 3 Dec 1933  First Baptist Church, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Address:
    300 Main Street 
    • Baptized by Rev. Lauer when 50 years old, along with his daughters: Florence, Frances, Marion, and Anna Mae; and son: Raymond.
    Gender Male 
    Travel Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Unexpected departure 
    • David would at times just leave the farm to the care of Ida's brother, John, and go to Canada. The family did not know why. Daughter Frances said they thought he was meeting some Russians. More likely, he was visiting his older brother Daniel and their family.
    Residence 1946  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Retired 1947  Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Left Claremont farm for house.
    Travel 1948  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24, 25, 26
    Lily Quarnberg visits Uncle David 
    • Lily Quarnburg visited her Uncle David and family, seeing at least David Erhardt, Clara Kostman, Anna Mae Johnson, David (Dickie) Kostman, and Harvey Johnson.

      David like to take the children of his daughter, Anna Mae Johnson, with him, when he went places.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Religion 20 Mar 1957  Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Baptist 
    • He transferred his membership from the First Baptist Church of Elgin by letter.
    Residence Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Farm 
    • Linda Sebastian, when a girl, stayed on David and Ida Erhardt's farm at times, with her aunts and uncles.
    Name David Jake Erhardt 
    FamilySearch ID# ML2N-SW7 
    Education Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 18
    Had 8 years of common grade school 
    • Could read and write; and completed the 6th grammar school grade.
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    erhardt_dave_1915IowaCensus.jpg
    Died 24 Mar 1973  Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    • David was 89 years old when he passed away on Saturday. His funeral was held the following Wednesday, Mar. 28, 1973. He had 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He outlived his 12 sisters and brothers.
    Buried 28 Mar 1973  Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [21, 27
    Address:
    Railroad and Clermont Roads 
    • Funeral Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Waukon, Rev. Milton Dowden officiating. Dan, Frank Jr., and Mike Erhardt, David Kostman, Leslie and Louis Ashbacher were pallbearers.
    David Erhardt obituary
    David Erhardt obituary
    Photocopy by Linda Sebastian of an obituary from unknown source, sent by postal mail to Clinton Macomber of Redding California in May 2011.
    Elgin Cemetery
    Elgin Cemetery
    Map from Bing Maps, modified by Clinton Macomber with Linda Sebastian's advice.
    David and Ida Erhardt gravestone
    David and Ida Erhardt gravestone
    photo from Linda Sebastian sent to Clinton Macomber May 2, 2011, processed May 7, 2011.
    Person ID I765  MacomberKin | Daniel Erhardt family
    Last Modified 31 May 2015 

    Father Daniel Gotlieb Erhardt,   b. 3 Apr 1845, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1913, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Maria Sophia Dorethea Sass,   b. 11 Nov 1847, Holstein Region, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1911, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ida Burrow,   b. 10 Mar 1884, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1971, New Hartford, Butler, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1904  Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    • David and Ida were about 20 years old when they married, according to a later census. Their application for marriage states David was 22 and Ida was 21. If the dates are correct, this means they had to get married because she was pregnant, but could not do so on their own unless they were both over 21 years of age. They were married on her twentieth birthday, when she was five months pregnant.
    Ida and Dave Erhardt
    Ida and Dave Erhardt
    Children 
     1. Raymond David Erhardt,   b. 18 Jul 1904, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1990, La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +2. Clara Edith Erhardt,   b. 6 Feb 1906, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1989  (Age 83 years)
     3. Fred Erhardt,   b. 24 Oct 1907, Hawkeye, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1908, Hawkeye, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +4. Florence Alice Erhardt,   b. 21 Dec 1909, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1993, Sheldon, O'Brien, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +5. Frances Josephine Erhardt,   b. 21 Feb 1914, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 2007, Postville, Allamakee, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +6. Marion Madeline Erhardt,   b. 24 Jun 1916, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1997, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +7. Anna Mae Erhardt,   b. 12 Aug 1919, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 2013, Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +8. Frank D. Erhardt, Senior,   b. 27 Dec 1928, Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 2000, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart