Date Original

1900 May 20


This item is a postcard from Emil Cornelius Wehrfritz and his wife Elizabeth Wehrfritz during their tour of Europe in 1900, to their children in Little Rock, Arkansas. They sent the card from Hamburg, Germany.

Biographical/Historical Note

E.C. (Emil Cornelius) Wehrfritz was born April 14, 1847, at Schwabhausen, Germany, near Bingen-on-the-Rhine. He came to the United States, where he resided in St. Louis, Missouri. Following the death of his brother Charles Edward Wehrfritz, who was naturalized at St. Louis in 1858, E.C. married Charles' wife Elizabeth Berloing on July 4, 1868. In the spring of 1876, Wehrfritz moved to Little Rock with Elizabeth, Elise (Elizabeth's daughter by Charles), and their four children Edward Charles, Emelia Kate, Alexander Ferdinand, and Emil Cornelius Junior. In July 1885, E.C. opened the Union Machine Works located between Markham and Second Streets. He became a naturalized citizen at Little Rock on September 25, 1906. Wehrfritz served several terms on the city council and ran unsuccessfully for mayor. He was a member of Knights of Pythias, the Knights of Honor, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He also was president of the Little Rock turnverein (German-American gymnastic union) and director of the Mechanics' Loan and Building Association. E.C. Wehrfritz died at Little Rock on April 7, 1910, leaving his business in the hands of his son, Alexander Ferdinand Wehrfritz. A newspaper report indicates his wife contested his will. Elizabeth died at age 76 on August 22, 1917.


Cruss aus Hamburg
We hope you are all
well, we are the same
the weather here is still very
cold, we will go to Berlin to-
morrow, with Love your
Father & Mother
Mrs. Ola Wehrfritz
Little Rock, Arkansas
in North Amerika [SIC]
Wohnung #111 Commerce Str.

Physical Description

Postcard, 5.5" x 3.75"


Postcards; German community; Business people; Travel

Geographical Area

Hamburg, Germany; Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)


English and German


MS.000173, Box 1, Folder 1

Resource Type



Rex F. Wehrfritz papers, MS.000173


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Emil and Elizabeth Wehrfritz Postcard, May 20th, 1900, Rex F. Wehrfritz papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Emil and Elizabeth Wehrfritz Postcard, May 20th, 1900