The first helpful thing to know about the Conrad Eckerdt family is the variety of ways that the name can and has been spelled. Variations include: Eckart, Ekart, Ekkert, Eckhard, Eckhardt and probably some other variations not noted here. Nonetheless, ECKERDT is the spelling used by his descendants with whom we've communicated.
Conrad Eckerdt, shown to the right in the only known photograph of him, was born in Schwed, Russia, on June 12, 1858. Schwed, also known by its Russian name of Zwonarewka, was a German-Russian village on the east side of the Volga River in Russia. It is often referred to as the Wiesenseite (Meadow Side) of the river.
I've had the good fortune to correspond over the years with Alex Eckerdt, Jr., a grandson of Conrad Eckert and his second wife. Alex has been a wonderful source of information about the family. Conrad was married twice; we know little about his first wife, but they had a daughter, Dora, who came to America with Conrad and his second wife in 1905. Dora would later marry Peter Miller, another Volga German who also found his way to Longmont, Colorado. The Millers are discussed elsewhere on this website.
Conrad Eckerdt died in 1911 in Longmont, Colorado. There is no marker for the grave -- a situation that will hopefully one day be corrected.