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                                     EDWARD F. ERNST
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 44-45

EDWARD FREDERICK ERNST, who resides at Wilmette, is one of
the characteristic German-American citizens who form an
important factor in promoting the commercial interests of
Chicago.  He was born at Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany,
October 2, 1848.  His parents, Julius Ernst and Sophia
Hartman, lived and died in that city.  Julius Ernst
succeeded his father as a wholesale importer of sugar and
coffee, and was engaged in mercantile pursuits throughout
his life.  John Hartman, the father of Mrs. Sophia Ernst,
was a prominent attorney, and for many years served as
Secretary of the city of Frankfort.  Besides Edward F., Mr.
and Mrs. Ernst had one child, a daughter named Helena, who
is now the wife of Hon. Edgar Stanton, of Chicago.
Edward F. Ernst spent his early years in attendance at the
public schools of his native city, and afterwards took a
four-years course of study in a gymnasium at Oberstein,
graduating at the age of fifteen years.  He began his
business career in his father’s establishment, but was
afterward employed by an uncle, who carried on an extensive
shipping business at Rouen, France.  Still later he was
connected with a mercantile establishment at Antwerp.
When the Franco-Prussian War broke out, he volunteered in
support of the German Emperor, and served throughout the
conflict, participating in many of the bloodiest
engagements, including Weisenburg, Sedan, and the siege of
Paris.  He escaped with no serious injury, and upon the
close of hostilities was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
He retained this position for only about four weeks, during
which time he was stationed in the fortress of Maintz.  He
then resigned and went to Bristol, England, where his
brother-in-law, Mr. Stanton, then held the position of
United States Consul, and from there came to the United
States, in the fall of 1871.  After spending six months at
Cincinnati, he went to New York City and obtained employment
with a large dry-goods importing house, where he remained
six years.  At the end of that period he came to Chicago,
and has since been connected with the immense wholesale
house of Marshall Field & Company, holding a responsible
position in the notion department.  He is energetic and
progressive, and gives almost his entire time and attention
to his business affairs, holding himself aloof from social
and political allurements which might be likely to interfere

Mr. Ernst was married, in 1885, to Miss Bertha Cranch,
daughter of Edward P. and Bertha (Wood) Cranch, of
Cincinnati, Ohio.,  Mrs. Ernst is descended from some of the
most conspicuous families of Massachusetts.  Her
great-grandfather, Richard Cranch, came from England at the
age of nineteen years and settled in Massachusetts in 1747.
He married Mary Smith, a granddaughter of Col. John Quincy.
Mrs. Cranch’s sister was the wife of John Adams, the second
President of the United States, who, with Josiah Quincy,
Noah Webster and Samuel Adams, were contemporary with
Richard Cranch at the Massachusetts Bar or in public life.
Mr. Cranch was a man of remarkable energy and perseverance,
winning his way from poverty and obscurity to the position
of Senator, and he also served as Postmaster at Braintree
for several years.  His son, Judge William Cranch, the
father of Edward P. Cranch, became one of the Justices of
the United States Supreme Court, and was the author of
“Cranch’s Digest,” a standard authority among attorneys.
Edward P. Cranch was born at Alexandria, then in the
District of Columbia, and became one of the pioneer settlers
of Cincinnati, where he was a prominent attorney for fifty
years.  He died there in December, 1892, at the age of
eighty-three years.  His wife was a native of Philadelphia,
of English parentage.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernst are the parents of two children, named,
respectively, Edward Gerald and Constance Emma.  Mrs. Ernst,
who is a lady of noteworthy culture and refinement, is a
member of the Chicago and Wilmette Woman’s Clubs.  The
family is held in high regard in the social circles of
Wilmette, where it has been established since 1889, and
their pleasant home on Linden Avenue is one of the most
attractive and hospitable which adorn the streets of that
delightful suburb.

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