Florian Erath

Florian Erath

Birth
Landkreis Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death 25 Mar 1889 (aged 61–62)
Crow Wing, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 10, Lot 18, SWC N 1/2
Memorial ID 103757875 · View Source
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      ...Florian was the older brother of my two greats-grandfather, Albert who lived near-by Brainerd on Bay Lake in Deerwood. It fills in a lot of blanks in my family history, as I know now what happened to Florian's son, George, who drowned on Bay Lake on Brighton Point in 1886. In an amazing coincidence my great-grandfather, Albert J., drowned in nearly the exact same spot, both trying to cross the ice, in 1912. Florian, Albert and brother, Herman of Wright County, came to this country in 1847 from Wurttemberg after a life in which their father (also Albert (1793-1885), my three greats-grandfather who himself was a noted author, and had fought against Napoleon's forces in 1814, and was the second person to enter Paris when Napoleon surrendered) had taken them to North Africa as children whilst he was a civilian physician attending to the needs of the newly created French Foreign Legion in 1831 Algiers. Florian was a cobbler from Neversink, Sullivan County, New York who lost his wife, Delilah (buried in Spencer, Tioga County, NY), in 1867 when George was born. George's death seemingly weighed heavily on him, and his life came to a very sad end. Thank you for allowing me to finish his story. [Contributed by Mark Erath]

1885 State of Minnesota Census, Township 44-45, Crow Wing County, family #24:
      Erath, Florian, age 60, b. 1825, Germany
      Erath, George, age 21, b. 1864, New             York

Brother is Herman Erath living in Wright County, Minnesota in 1889.

                  Killed on the Track.
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      The foreman of the section which extends south from this city on the Northern Pacific, brought the news on Monday morning that he had found the remains of a man on the track about a mile and a half this side of Crow Wing. Coroner Cross was immediately notified, and together with Dr. W. Hemsted [sic], Undertaker Dean and the writer, proceeded to the place indicated by the section foreman. The remains were unknown to any of the party and were in a horrible state of mutilation, the body having been crushed by the cruel wheels of some passing train into a thousand pieces. A jury was summoned and the testimony of the section men taken, the verdict being in substance that the deceased came to his death by being run over by a Northern Pacific train during the night of the 24th or the morning of the 25th, and no blame was attached to the company. The body was lying across the west rail and fragments of his clothes were strewn for some rods along the track; on the track also was found some gold and silver coin and a five dollar bill, amounting in all to $15.85. The remains were picked up and placed in a coffin and brought to the undertaking rooms of Losey & Dean, where they were viewed by many, and among the curious was Charles Shontell, who lives in Crow Wing, and who had a desire to see if the remains were not those of a man who had called at his house on Sunday evening and asked for shelter during the night. His suspicions were correct and he identified the man as being the same. Mr. Shontell states that when the man called him out that evening, he stated that he was sick and wanted a place to sleep and as he was talking he fell to the ground but revived, and he was given a comfortable place to rest in and also some warm drink. In the morning he was gone, and had left without notifying the Shontell family. From this statement the conclusion is arrived at that the man, who has since proved to be Mr. F. Erath, of Deerwood, got up in the night and wandered out on the track and was unable to go farther and that an incoming train ran over him.
      Mr. R. F. Walters, who runs a boot and shoe establishment on 6th street, identified the remains as those of F. Erath, and stated that he had worked for him in his repairing shop since the middle of January. On Saturday at about 11 o'clock in the forenoon he got up from his work and put on his coat and went out of the back door without saying anything and he did not return. Mr. Walters is of the opinion that the old gentleman's mind was affected and in a fit of temporary aberration he wandered out towards Crow Wing where he met his untimely death.
      The deceased had lived at Deerwood some time, coming there from Wright county with his son, where they took up land. About two years ago his son was drowned, and since that time he has rented his farm and followed his trade as a cobbler. He has relatives living in the vicinity of Deerwood who took charge of the remains, and had them buried in Evergreen cemetery. (Brainerd Dispatch, 29 March 1889, p. 4, c. 6)


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  • Created by: A. Nelson
  • Added: 18 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103757875
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florian Erath (1827–25 Mar 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103757875, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .