Frank Gerlach

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Frank Gerlach
Frank Christian Gerlach
Col. Gerlach
Born (1870-04-29)April 29, 1870
Wooster, Ohio
Died February 16, 1948(1948-02-16) (aged 77) [1]
Resting place
Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Ohio
Nationality American
Ethnicity German
Citizenship United States of America
Alma mater Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Occupation Military, Pharmaceuticals, Former Postmaster, Former Superintendent of the Boys' Industrial School
Spouse(s) Florence May (McClarran) Gerlach (1872-1954) [2]
Children Mary Frances Gerlach (1904-1972) [3], Harry Mcclarran Gerlach (1908-2002) [4]
Awards French Croix de Guerre, Belgian Croix de Guerre, American Distinguished Service Medal

Col. Frank C. Gerlach served in the Spanish-American War and in World War I. Most information regarding Col. Gerlach comes from the Frank C. Gerlach File, a collection of documents from Col. Gerlach's personal records. The file was donated to the Wayne County Public Library by Mr. Harry S. McClarran in 1989, and is currently housed in the Genealogy and Local History Department of the Wooster branch of the Wayne County Public Library. More information regarding Col. Gerlach, as well as other servicemen mentioned in this file, can be found on the Wayne County in the Spanish American War and Wayne County in World War I pages.

Col. Gerlach is the son of Frank C. and Johanna M. (Kaltwasser) Gerlach, immigrants from Wetzlar, Germany. In addition to his military service in the Spanish-American War and World War I, Col. Gerlach attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and worked in pharmaceuticals, was postmaster of the City of Wooster, Ohio, and was superintendent of the Boys' Industrial School, a juvenile corrections facility near Lancaster, Ohio.

Col. Frank Gerlach was married to Florence May McClarran on June 26th, 1902[5]. He had two children with Florence, Mary Frances and Harry Mcclarran Gerlach, born in 1904 and 1908 respectively.

Military Career


Spanish-American War

World War I

Regimental History

Spanish-American War


Company D, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry

World War I

145th Regiment
146th Regiment

War Memorials

Personal and Familial Life



  1. Wooster Cemetery The Wayne County Genealogical Society, 2004. pp. 348
  2. Find A Grave, Bill Miller,
  3., Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Wooster, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: m-t0627-03168; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 85-47,
  4. Ancestry, 1930 Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Wooster, Wayne, Ohio; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0036; FHL microfilm: 2341622,
  5. Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.