William E Bernhardt was a son of Johann (John) and Anna (Krebs) Bernhard (Bernhardt). He was a railroad telegrapher who lived in Valle Township, Jefferson County, Missouri after moving there sometime around 1898 from St. Louis.
The following mention of William E Bernhardt appeared in a report by the Missouri General Assembly in a section headed “Producers of Crude
Barytes, 1918 and 1919” for Jefferson County, Missouri:
William E. Bernhardt – Vineland