Street Name and Sign

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Great-Great Grandfather and Street Sign
Great-Great Grandfather and Street Sign

My great grandfather, Johann Eberhardt was a Mayor for 22 years in the small town of Schramberg, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany from 1900 to 1922. He was born in 1844 and in 1870 was drafted into the army during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1902 he was elected Mayor. As mayor, he handled administrative tasks and social work because there was a lot of poverty. During WWI, the city council was used as a local military tribunal that would decide who should be exempt from the army. This was a very difficult task because he knew everyone, but had to stay unsentimental. He was a very respected Mayor and after he died, the town dedicated a street to him. The street was named  Schultheiß-Eberhardt-Straße and it is still standing. Schultheiß in German is the head of the municipality (Mayor) but this term is no longer used.
 One of his granddaughters, Ursula Eberhardt (My grandmother from my mother's side) started a relationship with a Mexican student who was getting his master's degree in Germany in the 60s (My Grandfather). They got married and decided to move to Mexico where my mom was born in the 70s. Later on, after having been in many countries, my mom was transferred to New York by her employer where she met my dad and where I was born. My Great Grandfather never thought of emigrating even though, at the time, many Germans were emigrating to the United States and other parts of the world. The history of humanity has always been about moving around and even if he didn't go anywhere far (only during the war) his descendants did. 

Place(s): Schramberg, Germany, Mexico, Rye

– MH

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant