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Frank D. Erhardt, Senior

Frank D. Erhardt, Senior

Male 1928 - 2000  (71 years)

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  • Name Frank D. Erhardt 
    Suffix Senior 
    Residence 1928  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Farmhouse 
    • The David Erhardt family was living on their 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.

      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.
    Born 27 Dec 1928  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Residence 1 Apr 1930  Clermont, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    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
    Christened 1 Jun 1941  First Baptist Church, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Address:
    300 Main Street 
    • Was baptized by Rev. Zoschke when 12 years old.
    Gender Male 
    Illness 7 Jul 1948  Waukon, Allamakee, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Serious Auto Accident 
    • Frank Erhardt was 18 and in serious condition after being in a car with La Vone Duane (Red) Burseth, also 18. The car had collided about a mile west of town on Wednesday night with the car of county coroner, Dr. Clark Rominger, who was 36. Red died on Thursday night, and Frank was in serious condition. Frank was treated at Decorah hospital. The doctor was treated at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
    Employment 1956  [10
    Co-Owner 
    • Frank's Truck and Trailer Repair
    Religion 6 Jan 1957  First Baptist Church, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Baptist 
    • Was expelled from church membership when 29 year old.
    Residence 10 Mar 1971  Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    • His mother, Ida, died in New Hartford, Iowa.
    Residence 24 Mar 1973  Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 13
    • His father, Dave, died in Waukon, Iowa.
    Emigration 1975  [10
    • City of Waterloo Parks Department. Worked until his retirement.
    Residence 1990  Jesup, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • His brother's obituary listed his town of residence on Mar 20, 1990.
    Residence 1993  6804 Dubuque Road, Jesup, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence 1997  Raymond, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence Apr 1997  Jesup, Buchanan, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Name Frank Erhardt  [5
    Employment
    • Waterloo City Bus: WCF&N
    Employment
    • Rath
    Employment
    • Peter Pan Baking
    Employment
    • McCoy Truck Lines
    Died 28 Feb 2000  Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 18
    • Died at the Allen Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. He had nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    Buried 2 Mar 2000  Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, Fayette, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 18, 19
    Address:
    Railroad and Clermont Roads 
    • Buried next to his parents. His son Daniel is buried beside him.
    Frankie Erhardt obituary
    Frankie Erhardt obituary
    from Linda Sebastian's collection, mailed to Clinton Macomber and processed on July 13, 2011.
    Elgin Cemetery
    Elgin Cemetery
    Map from Bing Maps, modified by Clinton Macomber with Linda Sebastian's advice.
    Frank Erhardt Sr. gravestone
    Frank Erhardt Sr. gravestone
    Photo from Linda Sebastian, mailed to Clinton Macomber in April 2011, processed on June 16, 2011.
    Person ID I902  MacomberKin | Daniel Erhardt family
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2015 

    Father David Jacob Erhardt,   b. 4 Jul 1883, Racine, Racine, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1973, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother 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) 
    Family ID F259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F8665  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Shirley E. Boleyn,   b. 19 Sep 1932, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1950  [20
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Frank D. Erhardt, Junior,   b. 9 Apr 1951,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +3. Daniel James Erhardt, Senior,   b. 22 Oct 1954, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1997, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F308  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart