Pioneer cattleman & land owner,Louis Gerlach once owned up 12,000 head of cattle, 15,000 head of sheep, and who held the deed to 30,000 acres of grazing land in Washoe County, Nevada, and northern Modoc and Lassen counties, California and 5,000 acres of grain and grazing land on the San Joaquin River, near Stockton, California.
He also purchased the old Presbyterian Church, in Stockton, and helped to organize two banks, also in Stockton, one being the First National Bank, serving on the board of directors until his death in 1921, and was its vice-president. For nearly a half century, Mr. Gerlach was one of the heaviest stockholders and a director of the Stockton Savings Bank, later called the City Bank.
Mr. Gerlach was married in Stockton, September 18, 1862, to Amelia P. Mersfelder, a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She was the daughter of Louis Mersfelder and Amelia Haupt. Amelia's parents, at one point, opened the Eureka Bakery on Weber Avenue between Eldorado and Hunter in Stockton. Her parents were native of Germany.
Louis & Amelia had eight children : Emma ~wife of Herbert Baldwin; Clara ~ wife of John Kearns; Rose ~wife of L.E. Doan; Nellie~ wife of T.V. Morris; Louis F.(who died at two years of age); Fred C.,( once the manager of the Gerlach Live Stock Company in Nevada); Laura F.(who passed away in 1908); & Ethel ~wife of A.B.Lang.
Louis Gerlach was eighty-five years old when he passed away at his home, located at 231 East Flora Street in Stockton, California.
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