Ernst (Ernest) Baron von Heimrod and Olga Crome Baroness von Heimrod

Section A, 1st Range, Lot 17
Toronto Necropolis

Ernst von Heimrod was born in Anhalt-Dessau, Germany on February 20, 1833, the son of Ernst Moritz Baron von Heimrod and Luise Schoener. He married Olga Crome in 1865. Olga was born on October 3, 1839, in Prussia. Her father is listed as Enrich Crome, and her mother as Johanne K.E.D. Schiche. Olga and Ernest came to Canada in 1871. In 1881, Olga and Ernest were living in East Toronto in the St. Thomas Ward and Ernest’s profession is listed as “restaurateur.” In 1883, according to the Register of Dominion Annual Register and Review, Ernest was appointed “Consul for the German Empire for Ontario with the exception of the Counties under the Jurisdiction of the Consulate at Montreal.” Ernest held this position until 1888. In his obituary in the Toronto Star (June 20, 1910), it is mentioned that Ernest was quite wealthy when he immigrated to Toronto but lost almost everything in a real estate crash in 1888. At one time he owned property near the Humber River that was sold for $40,000—quite a sum for the times. In 1901, Olga and Ernest were living in the Toronto Junction area on a small piece of land that they retained. Ernest’s occupation is listed as an “agent.” According to Might’s Greater Toronto City Directory of 1903, Ernest was living at 134 Cawthra Avenue and his occupation is also listed as an agent. In 1910, Ernest passed away on June 18 from Bright’s Disease which he suffered from for several years. His full name was listed as Ernest Freiherr Heimrod. Two years later, Olga died. At the time of her death, she was living in the Aged Women’s Home at 47 Belmont Street. The Aged Women’s Home was set up to prevent elderly women from being homeless so it appears that Olga’s fortunes continued to decline after Ernest’s death. Ernest and Olga do not appear to have had any surviving children. In her will, Olga named the German Society of Toronto as executor. The Society renounced administration to the Trusts & Guarantee Co. Olga left her total estate, $417.50 cash and $50 in “household goods and furniture,” to the four children of her “late sister Elise Marie Crome, widow of the late Dr. Eltze, of the City of Charlottenburg, in the Kingdom of Prussia.”

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