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Elberta - Lillian - Josephine, Alabama (AL)
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     Elberta, Alabama is 22 miles W of Pensacola, Florida and 151 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Elberta was founded in 1905 by the Baldwin County Colonization Company.

     Around the turn of the century, immigrants from many regions of the United States and from other countries began populating Baldwin County: Italians settled in Daphne, Scandinavians in Silverhill, Germans in Elberta, Poles in Summerdale, Greeks in Malbis Plantation, and Bohemians in Robertsdale, Summerdale, and Silverhill.

Krause Family - Mercydorf, Banat to Baldwin County, AL

Szehner Family - Busiasch to Baldwin County

Baldwin County WW1 Registration Cards

Early Companies of Elberta & Nearby Communities

Honoring The Town of Elberta, Alabama, on the Occasion of Its 100th Anniversary



     Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the community of Elberta, Alabama, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its founding.

     The site for Elberta was initially chosen by three German businessmen--Alexander Klappenback, F.W. Herdrick, and Henry Bartling--who had journeyed to Baldwin County from Chicago, Illinois, for the purpose of creating a German settlement. The Baldwin County Colonization Company was created in November, 1903, to develop this settlement in an area along Perdido Bay known as the "Elberta District.'' The town originally consisted of ten miles of roads and land that was divided into plots of 20- and 40 acres and sold to families moving into that area.

     The first families arrived in the new settlement of Elberta in January 1904, and the area began to grow and prosper. Nearly five decades later, the Elberta Lions Club started a movement within the community to push for the incorporation of the area. The incorporation effort was successful, and one year later the first mayor and city council were elected for the newly created town of Elberta.

     During its 100 years in existence, the members of this community have created a very rich and diverse history, and have worked tirelessly to provide the best benefits possible for themselves and their county. In the five decades that have passed since the incorporation of the town, the citizens and leaders of Elberta have done extensive work to put into place the resources that could be used to attract outside industry and lead to an increase in the population base.

     Mr. Speaker, the residents of Elberta, Alabama, are firmly rooted in their proud past, and at the same time are keeping a careful and optimistic eye on the road ahead. The vision displayed by their community leaders during the past 100 years has led to the creation of a stable community and an anchor for all of Baldwin County, and I have no doubt that the continued inspired leadership and vision of today's residents and leaders will lead to even greater successes in the years ahead. It is my hope the Town of Elberta continues its story of success for another 100 years.

(Extensions of Remarks - November 16, 2004) [Page: E1994] GPO's PDF Library of Congress 

NOTE: We're looking for information on the Baldwin County Colonization Company 1905.

If you have information to share, please contact the DVHH Elberta Archivist. 
[Published at 2006]

Local Genealogical Research Aids
Baldwin County & Alabama State Records

1900 Federal Census Baldwin County, Alabama pg 1 / pg 2 / pg 3

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918 Baldwin County, Alabama
Information researched & contributed by Jody McKim, 2007

Business, Manufacturers, Merchants & Tradesman for Baldwin County, AL 1923
R. G. Dan Mercantile Agency Reference Book, January Issue
(Only cities known to be where DS lived are included.  Other lookups by request.)
Contributed by Jody McKim, 2007

Early Corporations of Elberta & Nearby Communities
State of Alabama Corporate Records

Possible Cemeteries where DS are buried:

  • Prince of Peace Catholic Cemetery, Elberta

  • Elberta Public Cemetery

  • Elberta

  • Silverhill Cemetery

Baldwin County

Baldwin County Heritage Museum
25521 U.S. Highway 98, Elberta. AL36530. Phone: (334) 986-8375

Other Numbers

Town Clerk  251-986-5995
Elberta Elementary  251-986-5888
Elberta Middle School  251-986-8127
St. Benedict School  251-986-8143

Oak Hill Farm, home of the Ulrich family & breeding operation of McCurdy Plantation Horses.

St. Benedict's German Fest:  
This festival is held in April and much like the Sausage Festival but a bit scaled down.
St. Benedict School at 251-986-8143

Saint Bartholomew Catholic Church
Phone: (251) 986-8142
12795 Illinois St
Elberta, AL 36530

The "Elberta Peach"

Mr. Samuel B. Rumph, originator of the renowned Elberta peach, which was named for his wife, "Elberta."

Baldwin County
is the home of
internationally known authors
Winston Groom: Forrest Gump
& Fannie Flagg: Fried Green Tomatoes



The Descendant

By Lynn Terrell
Published by iUniverse, 2002
ISBN 0595222315, 9780595222315
372 pages

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