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Ernestina, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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The municipality of Ernestina (3,202 inhabitants in 2014; 23,910 ha) is located 220 km of Porto Alegre.

Ernestina was named for Ernestina Kruel Niederauer (1889-1963; better known to her relatives as Pepita). On 30 December 1903, Pepita married Adolfo Schell Lourero; her father in law, Antônio José da Silva Loureiro, known as the Baron, offered her a domain as her dowry. Adolfo
and João Fernando Kruel, Ernestina's uncle, split the domain into urban and rural plots; Colônia Ernestina was registered in 1910 with the Directorate of Land and Colonization.
Colônia Ernestina was elevated to the 11th district of Passo Fundo by Municipal Act No. 398 issued on 14 July 1924. The district's name was shortened to Ernestina by Municipal Act No. 431 issued on 14 July 1926.
On 13 April 1950, João Fernando Kruel and his wife, Aurora Shell Loureiro, offered the plot where the central square of the town of Ernestina would be built. The municipality of Ernestina was established by State Law No. 5,554 issued on 11 April 1988, and inaugurated on 1 January 1989.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 17 July 2020


The flag places the coat of arms on a white field.

Ivan Sache, 17 July 2020