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Art Ehrat - Modern Era

Art Ehrat is a central Illinois farmer who has many ideas for making things better or easier. He discusses several inventions and the twists and turns of the process of seeking patents. He also tells about showing his patented break-away basketball hoop at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

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Art Ehrat's childhood home, circa 1900.

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Unknown

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circa 1900

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's farm house in Vandalia - 123 at 1st - 1941.

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Vandalia

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1941

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Narrator's Photo

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Agriculture Patent # 4358054

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Unknown

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Public domain

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Walter (Art's brother) with c-Case and dc-Case tractor.

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Art with two nephews: Kenneth (left) and Randy (right) Albrecht on a uac-Case tractor - circa 1939-1942.

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circa 1939-1942

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's father, William Ehrat, and his brother Walter with a Case tractor in front of cornstalks with ears still attached. (The pile produced 95 bushels and 55 pounds of ear corn.)

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Narrator's Photo

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Art Ehrat with his father William in 1985. (Narrator’s Photo)

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circa 1985

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Narrator's Photo

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William Ehrat with a 30-60 Rumley oil-pull tractor with road grader. It used crude oil right out of the ground.

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Art putting bales in the barn with a Ford Ferguson tractor.

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The barn behind Art Ehrat's boyhood home near Vandalia, IL.

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near Vandalia, IL

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Unknown

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(Narrator's Photo)

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Art in an Army medic's uniform at Fort McKinney in Manila, Philippines with child patients from the hospital.

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Fort McKinney in Manila, Philippines

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's High School graduation in 1943.

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1943

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Narrator's Photo

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The grain elevator Art managed.

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Art with one of his first computers at the elevator.

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Art and his brother circa 1939-1940.

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circa 1939-1940

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Narrator's Photo

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Art relaxing in his home after his interview on June 16, 2008.

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June 16, 2008

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Public domain

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Grace Albrecht Ehrat in 1929. Her foot was injured in a mower accident.

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1929

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Narrator's Photo

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Ruth Ehrat, circa 1930.

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circa 1930

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Narrator's Photo

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William Ehrat (Art's father), on a reaper.

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Unknown

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Workmen replacing a barn roof torn off by a cyclone, April 19, 1927.

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April 19, 1927

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(Narrator's Photo)

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Vic Schmidt and Walter Ehrat in 1930.

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1930

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Narrator's Photo

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The silo belongs to Art's maternal grandfather, John Schmidt. Inscription on this photo reads 'I am Engineer in 1900. In Ca

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's father with a 30-60 Rumley Oil Pull in 1932.

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1932

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Narrator's Photo

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From left to right are William Ehrat (Art's father) with Dorothy, Art's mother with Grace, an unknown man, and Art's Aunt Mary taken in 1917.

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1917

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Narrator's Photo

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From left to right are Art's father with two horses, Jacob Ehrat at post, and Paul and Lena in buggy, taken in 1912.

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Unknown

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1912

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Narrator's Photo

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From left to right are Jacob Ehrat, Arn Ehrat, Fred Wefer, Uncle Paul Ehrat, and Henry Knecht. Aunt Lena Ehrat is out of frame to the left. Photo was taken in 1904.

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1904

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Narrator's Photo

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The Ehrat's hired man, Mr. Wheht, date unknown.

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Young boy on a horse in front of shed.

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A boy on an engine in 1916.

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1916

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Narrator's Photo

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Grandfather John Schmidt's barn.

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo

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A family photo.

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Art's father on the tractor, Art and Walker Ehrat on top of a load of alfalfa in 1942.

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1942

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's father is on the left in the truck cab.

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Narrator's Photo

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Art's dad (with tie) and Walter Ehrat take a break from shredding corn.

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Unknown

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Narrator's Photo



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