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Jan. 2, 1870 East Hanover Lebanon County Pennsylvania, USA
May 28, 1954 Harrisburg Dauphin County Pennsylvania, USA
His mother died when he was but two years old and when he arrived at the age of 9 years his father also died, which left him in the care of strangers, for whom he had to do a good day's work in order to earn his living. After several years, however, he went to live with his sister, Mrs. William Hemperly. She was extremely anxious to give him a chance to get at least a country school education, which he desired. After completing the course in the country school he engaged in teaching school at the age of seventeen years. In the spring, after the school terms, he took short normal courses at Lebanon Valley College. At 21 he was one of nine applicants for a permanent teacher's certificate, which he obtained, leading the class. After teaching for six years Enos decided to enter the business world and accepted a position as traveling salesman for the J. Landis Shoe Company of Palmyra, Pa. He traveled for them for five years, doing also a small jobbing business at his home. From this he realized that to be in business for himself was far better than working for others, so after looking around carefully he purchased a shoe and hat store at Ephrata, Pa. The store was small but he built up a good business, but being very ambitious he realized that he had grown about as high as could be expected in a town of that size. He therefore sold his store and purchased another at Steelton, Pa., where he also built up a good business and erected a modern store building. Four years later he sold out and purchased an exclusive shoe store in Trenton, N.J. Here he had the second largest shoe store in the city. He had always hoped to sometime enter the shoe business as a manufacturer, and after three years in Trenton he saw his opportunity. Selling his store, he organized with A.S. Kreider of Annville, Pa., and several others the Kreider Shoe Company, and built a factory at Middletown. He was a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of this company. He supervised the erection of the building and when it was completed took the active management of the factory. The business grew so fast that it was soon necessary to erect an addition to the building. In 1915 the company was merged with several other factories and jobbing houses in which Mr. Kreider was interested, into The A.S. Kreider Company. Mr. Gerberich was elected a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the new company. In July, 1918, he disposed of his interest in the A.S. Kreider Company and treated himself to a well-earned rest for a short while. But even then his mind turned to further activities and in the fall of 1919 he organized a company of his own, the Gerberich-Payne Shoe Company. This company, of which Mr. Gerberich is president, built a new factory at Mount Joy, Pa., where they started to manufacture shoes in the fall of 1920. The building is one of the finest of its kind in the state, and under the managership of Mr. Gerberich the company has made great strides. Associated with him in the business are his two sons, Clyde and Grant, who cooperate with him in the management of the plant. Mr. Gerberich has been a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and takes an active interest in all its affairs. He is a member of the church council of St. Peter's Lutheran Church at Middletown, where he still resides, and is superintendent of the Sunday School. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and one of the Trustees of the Emaus Orphan Home at Middletown. He has also been interested in other business and special lines. He is a director of the Farmers Bank of Middletown and of the First National Bank of Mount Joy. During the war he conducted practically all of the "drives" held in the borough of Middletown, such as the Liberty Loans, Red Cross, YMCA, and always raised the quota and many times exceeded it. He always put as much energy into such matters as he would put into his own business. He will shortly reside in his new home on Front Street, Harrisburg, Pa. [History of the Gerberich Family in America]
Enos E. Gerberich, 81, Ill; Former Couty Resident: Enos S. Gerberich, 81, president of the Gerberich-Payne Show Company of Mt. Joy, is reportedly to be critically ill at his home in the Grayco Apartments, Harrisburg. The former Lebanon County resident was taken ill in august while he was vacationing at a seaside resort. He was treasurer of the National Association of Boot and Shoe Manufacturers for approximately 20 years. [Lebanon Daily News 4 Oct 1951]