Erard, Emile J.
The following data is extracted from Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925.
EMILE J. ERARD, founder, secretary and manager of the grocery business in Springfield, Massachusetts, which uses the style of the Hampden Wholesale Grocery Company, Incorporated, was born in Canada, February 18, 1881. His father was Noah Erard, since dead, a native of Canada, and a farmer. His mother was Georgianna (Lupien) Erard, since dead, also a native of the Dominion.
Mr. Erard attended the public schools in Canada, and the Commercial College in Montreal. He came to the United States in 1896, going first to Bristol, Connecticut, and from there coming to Springfield, Massachusetts, since his home. His advent in the last city occurred on January 1, 1900. He worked for several retail grocers from 1900 until 1908. In 1908 he engaged in the retail grocery business for himself, and continued to conduct his own store for the eleven years ending with 1919. He is now doing business at No. 1990 Chestnut Street, as the Hampden Wholesale Grocery Company, Incorporated. Mr. Erard is secretary and general manager. Charles E. Alden is president, and Frank A. Walters, treasurer. Mr. Erard is a Republican in politics. He was a member of the Common Council of Springfield in 1914 and 1915, and again in 1917 to 1922 inclusive. He has been a city alderman since 1923, and his term of service includes the years 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1927. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and of St. Thomas's Roman Catholic Church.
Mr. Erard married, in Springfield, October 21, 1908, Corinne L. Boyer, of Springfield, daughter of Mose and Ludivine (Dionne) Boyer. Mr. and Mrs. Erard are the parents of three children: Emile J., born in Springfield, July 2, 1909; Frances G., born in Springfield, February 2, 1914; and Florine, born in Springfield, December 12, 1921. Mr. Erard's business address is No. 199 Chestnut Street, and his residence is at No. 15 Pratt Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Source: Biography and Genealogy of Western Massachusetts, 1639-1925