Elberta

The Baldwin County Colonization Company was formed in 1903 by a three Chicago businessmen: Alexander Klappenback, F. W. Herdick, and Henry Bartling. They hoped to establish a German colony near Perdido Bay. In 1904, settlers were offered 20 and 40 acre portions of land.

One of the early families to come to Elberta were the Woerners. Karl and Katherine emmigrated first to New York City with their som Fred and then moved south to Elberta in 1906. They were enticed by an advertisement of land for sale and agreed to venture south. With a down payment of $200, the family bought 80 acres. Fred worked for the Baldwin County Colonization Company for a time. He married Emma Brumm of New York City on May 21, 1914. They raised a family of 17 children on their dairy farm. Today, the Woener Turf Company has businesses in a number of south Alabama cities. (Source: The Woerner Companies)

Jacob and Veronica Mayer Weiland were moved to Elberta in 1910 from Pittsburgh. Their families came from Graz, Austria and Munich, Germany, respectively. (Source: Kathy Simoik Bevier)

Families of Elberta and Josephine as listed in the Census of 1910:

  • Isaac and Auguste Loewen (Russia and Germany)
  • Henry and Amielie Krenz (Wisconsin)
  • Gustav and Maria Roth (Germany)
  • Emil and Clara Rolfe (Germany)
  • Herman and Frieda Koehler (Germany)
  • Michael and Anna Korsisan (Hungary)
  • Lorenz and Elizabeth Specht (Hungary)
  • Fred Veller (Switzerland)
  • Henry and Joanna Lewis (Georgia and Florida)
  • Carl and Georgianna ( Michigan and Alabama)
  • H L and Hilhelmina Oppenborn (Germany)
  • Mary Strehle (Switzerland)
  • Friedrich and Barbara Heil (Germany)
  • J L and Lena Hoeffer (Germany)
  • Herman and Auguste Rickman (Germany)
  • Wilhem and Maria Schreck (Germany)
  • Philip and Sophia Weifenbach (Germany)
  • Christ and Mina Geckler (Germany)
  • William and Mary Peterson (Wisconsin and Germany)
  • Paul and Ema Grave (Germany and Iowa)
  • S J Felner (Wisconsin)
  • George and Maria Haag (Germany)
  • Herman and Louise Schroeder (Germany)
  • William and Minnie Rapp (Wisconsin)
  • Paul Rolfe (Germany)
  • Friederick and Dora Otts (Germany and Illinois)
  • Paul and Flossie Herning (Germany and Michigan)
  • Joseph and Maria Messler (Hungary)
  • Katy Frank (Hungary)
  • Jacob and Anna Schade (Hungary)
  • Pater and Theresia Roth (Hungary)
  • Nicholaus and Katharina Schimmer (Hungary)
  • Ignaz and Ilsana Holzman (Hungary)
  • Peter and Dorothea Gild (Hungary)
  • E A and Rosina Vogalesang (Iowa and Illinois)
  • Harry and Katharina Hartwig (Russia)
  • John and Emma Baumann (Germany and Missouri)
  • John and Dela Butzer (Germany)
  • John Felbinger (Germany)
  • August and Emma Schoen (Russia and Illinois)
  • Karl and Anna Nachtigal (Germany)
  • Wilhelm and Alverdine Kunard (Austria and Germany)
  • Rudolf and Carolina Quickboenner (Germany)
  • Price and Anna Probst (Germany and Pennsylvania)
  • Joseph and Annie Wanek (Hungary and Austria)
  • Mathia and aMary Kiefer (Hungary)
  • Josephine Mader (Germany)
  • Richard Straub (Hungary)
  • Veronica Schulz (Hungary)
  • John and Elizabeth Oswald (Hungary)
  • Michael and Elizabeth Boehmer (Hungary)
  • Jacob and Margaretha Kraus (Hungary)
  • Lorenz and Eva Schaff (Hungary)
  • G A Waschtler (Germany)
  • Frank and Georgeana Fell (Alabama and Florida)
  • Paul and Anna Kaiser (Hungary)
  • Emil and Emma Vollrath (Illinois and Minnesota)
  • John Havenstein (Switzerland)
  • George Starts (Hungary)
  • Mathias and Magdalina Maurath (Hungary)
  • Nickolas and Theresia Hock (Hungary)
  • Herman and Christina Keller (Hungary)
  • Andrew and Elizabeth Tellis (Hungary)
  • George and sophia Lorenz (Hungary)
  • Ludwig and Woodalena Langholz (Germany)
  • Frank and Theresia Knetig (Austria)
  • Karl and Katharina Werner (Germany)
  • Christ and Eva Ramseier (Switzerland and Russia)
  • Wilhelm and Marie Kirk (Germany)
  • Karl and Emma Pieplaw (Germany and Illinois)
  • Gustav and Louise Nock (Germany)
  • Adam and Babetta Bretz (Germany)
  • John and Margaretha Lindoerfer (Germany)
  • Ludwig and Anna Lindoerfer (Germany)
  • William and Herietta Zantop (Germany)
  • Henry and Maria Schult (Germany)
  • H F and eleonore Meyer (Germany)
  • Fred and Johana Pieplaw (Germany)
  • Peter Bolz (Germany)
  • Fred and Bertha Siewert (Germany)
  • Paul Zantop (Hungary)
  • John and Elizabeth Hemmert (Hungary)
  • William and Dora Housemann (Germany and Pennsylvania)
  • Andrew and Elizabeth Kastory (Hungary)
  • John and Helen Kastory (Hungary)
  • George and Sadie Randolph (Alabama)
  • Charles and Lucindy Williams (South Carolina and Florida)
  • Henry and Gorence Harms (Holland and Alabama)
  • Frank and Anna Parker (Alabama)
  • S J Randolph (Alabama)
  • Joseph and Ruby Flirt (Alabama)
  • Alex and Dora Rermondy (Alabama and Florida)
  • George and Mary Suarez (Florida and Mississippi)
  • Norman and Edna Suarez (Alabama and Illinois)
  • Ruphes and Josephine Keys (Florida and Louisiana)
  • L P and Anna Resmonday (Alabama an Florida)
  • Brady and Lula White (Florida and Alabama)
  • I D and Lucy Talone (Virginia and Alabama)
  • James and Rosie MacRoy (Alabama and Georgia)
  • Henry and Wilie Nance (Georgia and Florida)
  • Will Durden (North Carolina)
  • Mike Kavacs (Hungary)
  • Karl and Katharine Tabar (Hungary)
  • John and Francisca Maitz (Hungary)
  • Anton and Sophia Kampf (Hungary)
  • Adolph and Helen Saitz (Germany)
  • George and Marie Habel (Hungary)
  • Hans Peter and Emma Timm (Germany)
  • Henry and Minnie Kersting (Germany)
  • Freiz Moeller (Germany)
  • August and Mary Anderson (Sweden)
  • Jacob and Christina Holsten (Germany)
  • Fred and Auguste Kamerer (Germany)
  • J B and Bertha McGrew (Wisconsin)
  • Scott and Clara Barnes (Wisconsin)
  • August and Emma Johnson (Sweden)
  • Alfred and Augusta Johnson (Sweden)
  • Gustav Mathilda Lundquist (Sweden)
  • Henry Neilson (Germany)
  • Harry and Theresia Lay (Alabama)
  • L F and Olga Martin (Alabama and Missouri)
  • John and Bertha Huber (Switzerland)
  • Robert and Anna Fall (Alabama)
  • Carl and Katherine Kaller (Germany)
  • Frank and Anna Herbert (Germany)
  • Oliver and Ola Lawrence (Florida)
  • Leon and Lora McPherson (Iowa and New York)
  • Henry and Thekla Hamm (Pennsylvania and Illinois)
  • Benjamin and Amanda Smead ((New York and Indiana)
  • J M and G S Climy (Canada)
  • R L and Maggy Ballard (Alabama and Canada)
  • David and Sarah Staples (Alabama)
  • J John Warner (Ohio)
  • George and Bertha Sommer (Germany)
  • Richard and Mary Flirt (Mexico and Alabama)
  • Robert and Minnie Ann Foley (Alabama and Florida)
  • Fritz and Theresia Hagendorfer (Austria and Hungary)
  • Otilda Hernig (Gemany)
  • Max and Mathilda Krosine (Germany)
  • L D and Maria Bruss (Germany)
  • Fred and Emma Breitschwert (Germany)
  • Frank and Marie Eisel (Austria)
  • Berger and Helen Peterson (Sweden)
  • George and Julia Hoover (Illinois)
  • Aden Ingalls (New York)
  • J T and Minnie Johnson (Finland and Germany)
  • Thomas and Sephronia Fell (Alabama and Florida)

Each year, the city of Elberta Volunteer Fire Department holds 2 German Sausage Festivals to celebrate the German heritage of the town; one on the last Saturday of March and the other on the last Saturday of October.