Albert James Erven

Navy Badge
  • Name: Albert James Erven
  • Location of Birth: Lockland, Ohio
  • Date of Birth: December 5, 1899
  • Date of Death: June 18, 1990 (90 years old)
  • Parents: Charles Erven and Minnie (Handley) Erven
  • High School and Class:
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: SEA 2 (Seaman 2d Class Non Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In:
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: 1919
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Albert came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota with his parents in 1906. He grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and worked at one of the last great logging camps as a horseman loading logs onto sleighs.

    Following his discharge in 1919, Albert returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and homesteaded in the Little Cowhorn Lake area.

    On September 17, 1923, he was married to Bertha A. Phillips at Aitkin, Minnesota. They moved into Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1925.

    Albert worked as a mechanic, sawmill operator and a carpenter/contractor. He built many cabins on the lakes in the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area.

    Albert was a charter member of the Ponti-Peterson Post No. 1720 of Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Albert was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, a son, Vernie, and a grandson, Robin.

    He is survived by his wife, Bertha; three daughters, Elberta Steckman, Ruth Ann Brunetta; and Dianne Mumm; three sons, Alvin, Roy, and Terry; one sister, Mary Hawkinson; twenty-two grandchildren, and twenty-three great-grandchildren.

    Albert died at his home and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-A-09-3-1)

  • Tribal Affiliation(s):