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The Ervin Herman Siebert Family of Alabama and Minnesota

Updated January 8, 2002

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Ervin Herman Siebert was a self educated man who chose a career in life as a mariner. He began in 1934, working as a deckhand with the Tennessee Coal and Iron company in Mobile towing barges filled with coal, lumber, or other items between Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Mobile, Alabama. He was promoted to 3rd mate after several years. But times were tough in the mid 1930's because America hadn't fully recovered from the Depression. Ervin quit the TCI and took a job as a mate with Ishman Steamship Company, whom he later left to serve in the US Merchant Marines in World War II. He was given a wartime commission as Commander in the US Navy Reserve, serving on Liberty ships carrying ammunition and supplies to Europe and the US forces in the Pacific. After the War, Ervin landed a job with the Alcoa Steamship Company with whom he remained until he retired in 1967. He was a member of the Masters, Mates, and Pilots Union in the Merchant Marines.

Following his retirement, Ervin bought a piece of property on Dog River (2206 Riverside Drive)in Mobile, and built his own home there, completing it in 1970. He was 63 years old at the time. To make ends meet during the early 1980's because inflation was eating up his retirement, he painted houses on the side. By 1985, Ervin was starting to show signs of Azlheimers. He died in November 1988.

Ervin met and married Thelma Etta Nelson, the daughter of Charles A. Nelson and Jane B. Hurd, on April 12, 1931. They were married 58 years at the time of his death. Thelma died 11 years later in 2000. They were survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

Related Families are: By bloodline:Remus, Bonkowske, Ward, Anderson, Hansen, Gibbs, Rick, Arnhold; By Marriage to Thelma Etta Nelson: Nelson, Wallace, Styron, Robinson, Bishop, Fulford, Lyons,Maxwell,Dorgan, others.

If you are related to any of the Sieberts from the Princeton, MN area, please contact me at my email address ( I'm trying to find a link to the Siebert family members in Germany.

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