Albert Ehrat

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Albert Ludwig Ehrat

Albert Ehrat and Ella Beckmeier marriage photo
Born April 3, 1892(1892-04-03)
Died February 8, 1946(1946-02-08) (aged 53)
Spouse Ella (Beckmeier) Ehrat
Parents Gottfried Ehrat
Mary (Metzger) Ehrat
Siblings John
Mary K.
George H.
Children Omar

Albert Ludwig Ehrat was the son of Gottfried Ehrat and Mary (Metzger) Ehrat and father to four children: Omar, Fred, Donald, and Marcella. He lived, farmed, and was born on the farm that is now Dair-E-Land Holsteins, Inc. and also fought in Europe during the First World War.

Born April 3, 1892, Albert was baptized 28 days later and confirmed on April 8, 1906 (age 14) into Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran church. He and Ella Beckmeier were married Oct. 5, 1919 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran church. Albert was a loyal member of Augsburg church and served many years as an elder of the congregation.



Albert Ehrat died tragically at the age of 53. There were a couple of newspaper articles describing the accident that are shown below.


February 11, 1946 at Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran church.

Albert Ehrat Suffers Fatal Farm Accident at Home Yesterday

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Albert Ludwig Ehrat, 53, prominent Kaskaskia township farmer and veteran of World War I, died from fatal injuries received at his home five miles southeast of Shobonier, Friday, [Feb.] 8. The accident happened during the noon hour and death occurred about an hour and 45 minutes later, during which time Mr. Ehrat failed to regain consciousness.

Mr. Ehrat, assisted by his sons Fred and Donald, farmed 250 acres, were equipped with motorized implements and had their farm buildings all wired and were using electricity for general purposes. The team that ran over Mr. Ehrat and caused his death, were young; frisky animals which he had owned only about two months. He and his sons had been hauling feed, and the accident occurred in the barn-lot at noon, while Mr. Ehrat was unhitching the team. He had not fully loosened the neckyoke when the animals, startled from some unknown cause, lunged forward, knocking Mr. Ehrat down beneath their feet, and as the horses ran forward, they pulled the wagon over the prostrate man’s body. The team ran only a short distance and came to a stop when portions of the wagon lodged against a post.

Son of the late [Gottfried] and Mary Metzger Ehrat, Albert Ludwig Ehrat was born April 3, 1892 at or near the place where his un-timely death occurred, and it was on this farm that he spent his entire life. He was baptized May 1, 1892 and was confirmed into Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran church April 8, 1906.

He and Ella Beckmeier were married Oct. 5, 1919 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran church. Not only was he a loyal member of Augsburg church but he served many years as an elder of the congregation.

He leaves the widow; sons Omar who lives at St. Peter, Fred and Donald at home, a daughter, Marcella, at home; one grandchild; brothers, John, Charles and George, and a twin-sister, Mrs. Mary Krug, all residents of the community, other relatives and many friends. A brother, Fred, died in 1912.

Funeral services were conducted first in the home and then in Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran church at 1:45 p. m. Monday, Feb. 11, by the pastor, the Rev. W. Malling. Burial was made in Augsburg cemetery: Pall-bearers were Legionnaires. Military rites were accorded by the American Legion at the graveside. It was estimated that more than 800 persons attended the funeral. Hotz Funeral service, St. Peter, in charge.

Accidental Death

Mrs. Ruby Wills Southwell, Fayette County Coroner, conducted an inquest at the Hotz Funeral Home in St. Peter at 7:30 p. m., Friday, Feb. 8. Members of the jury—Loreiiz Bernhardt, Richard Wachholz, Paul A. Rothe, George H. Meyer and E. H. Kruenegel—after hearing testimony, returned the following verdict: “We, the jury, find that Albert Ehrat came to his death by being ran over by a team of horse and wagon—accidental death.”

Team Runs Away...

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[page 1 is missing] would not let wagon through. The horses were standing quietly when witness reached them.

Marvin Ehrat, 25, Foster township, Marion county, farmer, was at the Knecht place at the mail box when he heard the call for help. He with Henry Knecht immediately ran to the Knecht home. Corroborated testimony given by previous two witnesses. It was about 12:15 noon, Friday, Feb. 8. Helped carry Mr. Ehrat into the house.

Horses Frighten

"The horses got started at something. Ehrat had run in front of them, grabbed bridles or some part of the harness in an effort to try to stop them. But the neckyoke hung onto the wagon tongue and as the horses [missing text] took the wagon along. [missing text]

Charles Gable, 52, Wilberton township farmer, testified in substance that Mrs. Ehrat called and said a bad accident had happened, that he should come over. “I was at my home about three-fourths mile away. Just a little after 12 o’clock noon. His (Mr. Ehrat’s) youngest son was holding his (his father’s) head. Mrs. Ehrat said her husband had unhitched the tugs, unfastened the neckyoke, but it did not slip off.

Knecht Testifies

Henry Knecht, 61, Kaskaskia township farmer testified he was the second man to come to the Ehrat home after the accident. He lives only about a quarter mile away. Upon his [missing text] observed Mr. Ehrat lying on [missing text] in about the center of the [missing text] use for hitching and [missing text].

Resting Place

At Augsburg

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