Frank E. Ehrhardt, rancher and stock-raiser, also with some minign interests, residing near Old Elk Grove in Sacramento county, where a fine estate of four hundred and two acres gives him one of the most valuable homesteads in this part of the state, is the son, by adoption, of the late Henry Ehrhardt, who for nearly fifty years was a well known citizen and successful and enterprising business man in Sacramento county, and his death on December 23, 1897, deprived the county of one of its most esteemed pioneer citizens.

Born in Germany in 1835, a son of John and Theresa Dorothy (Gehrholdt) Ehrhardt, Henry Ehrhardt spent fifteen years of his life in his fatherland and in 1850, in company with his father and step-mother and other children, came across the waters to America. Their first location was in Chariton county, Missouri, where young Henry spent two more years of his life. Then, when a youth of seventeen, entering the employ of James Stephenson as a cattle-driver, he came across the plains to California, helping to drive a herd of four hundred cattle, and arrived in this state during the winter of 1853-54. After some time spent as a miner and herder, in 1857, with his brother John, he went into the sheep business on his own account and in a short time was well started on the road to material prosperity. Beginning to invest in land in 1860, he at one time owned something like four thousand acres, and his various interests made him a man of substance and influence in his community. He served many years as school trustee, was a member of the Christian church, and took much part in civic and social affairs. He was married, Arpil 12, 1863, to Miss Elvesta George, a daughter of pioneer Californians, her father being the founder of the present town of Franklin. Mrs. Henry Ehrhardt died in July 1897, without children.

Mr. Frank E. Ehrhardt, who in this worthy California citizen and his wife found most loving parents, was born in Sacramento county, December 22, 1872, was educated in the Frnaklin public schools, and early became identified with the agricultural and stock-raising pursuits which have formed his life work and brought him prosperity. For several years he has been interested in gold mining in Eldorado county. Fraternally he affiliates with Elk Grove Lodge No. 274, I. O. O. F.; is Republican in politics, and is a trustee of the Elk Grove school district.

October 28, 1896, Mr. Ehrhardt married Miss Yackie Evanis, who is a native of Eldorado county. They have one daughter, Elsie, who was born February 7, 1898.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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