Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ernst Friedrich and Carry Me Home

Friedrich, Ernst (September 1872—August 24, 1932) was born in Ohio, the son of [Name unknown] and Catherine Friedrich, who emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1852. He married Rose Wirth in 1905 and they had two children, Ernst Jr. and Alma. He worked as a typesetter in 1900, learning the trade circa 1895 at Franklin Type Foundry. He is listed in the 1910 census as a "Printer" at a "Music house" and in 1920 as a "Music Printer." At least from circa 1918 to 1922 (and probably longer) he worked for the Armstrong Printing Company, a Cincinnati printer who specialized in shape note song books. With Frank J. Reis, he sang the duet that W. M. Cooper used to arrange the tune on page 386 of The Sacred Harp, Revised and Improved, 1902. Ernst and Rose are buried in the Vine Street Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
386      Carry Me Home (“as sung by” w/Frank J. Reis)

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