Ernie's employment history before immigrating
A certificate of employment, produced for insurance purposes, proves Ernie's employment at Adolf Graf for the period April 1911 through November 1914. Graf was located in Konstanz, not far from Friedrickshaven, known widely as the home of Zeppelin manufacture. It is not known what Ernie did for Graf, but given his training he probably worked in the machine shop.
- 1911-1914: Adolf Graf, Konstanz
- 1914-1916: Rapp Motor Works, Munich
- 1916-1919: military service
- 1917-1920: BMW, Munich
The beginning of World War I was marked by the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, June 28, 1914, and the War officially ended with the signing of the Armistice on November 11, 1918.
Ernie's military record begins in April 1916, just after he left Rapp, and his final military record entry is dated November 1, 1919. However, there is also certification to show that he was employed at BMW from October 15, 1917 through April 14, 1920. His record also mentions that he was in Holland from August 1 to November 1, 1919. This coincides with a time that he is documented to have been working with Fokker on behalf of BMW.
A certificate from Rapp Motor Works, the precursor to BMW, shows that he was employed there from November 24, 1914 until March 24, 1916. Evidently he started at Rapp almost as soon as he left Graf.