Daniel H. Gerlach, who carries on geneal farming in San Joaquin county, his home being near Tracy, was born in New York city on the 21st of March, 1852. His father, Conrad W. Gerlach, was a native of Germany and became one of the pioneer residents of San Joaquin county, California. He had crossed the Atlantic to America in 1849 and established his home in New York city, where he remained continuously until his emigration to the Pacific coast. He possessed much mechanical skill and became an expert machinist, and throughout his entire life did much work in that direction. He was for thirty-six years a resident of San Joaquin county, making his home here continously from 1867 until his death, which occurred on the 21st of July, 1903. He usually voted with the Republican party, but did not consider himself bound by party ties and frequently gave an independent ballot when he believed that the candidates of the opposition party were better qualified for office. Of his children three are yet living: Daniel H., John C. and Elizabeth, the last named the wife of theodore Henke.

Daniel H. Gerlach was a youth of thirteen years when he accompanied his parents on their removal to California. He remained in San Francisco until 1872, and then came to San Joaquin county, where he has since made his home. His education was largely acquired by attending the night schools of San Francisco, and he has also learned many valuable lessons through practical experience and has broadened his knowledge by reading and observation. He is thus largely a self-educated a well as a self-made man. In his business career he has met with gratifying success, for although he started out in life empty-handed he is now the possessor of six hundred and forty acres of land on the home ranch, the greater part of which is under a high state of cultivation. He also owns a ranch of one hundred and fifty acres near Lathrop, California, and he has thus made judicious investment in real estate from time to time as his financial resources have permitted until his property holdings are now very valuable and desirable. He possesses marked mechanical ingenuity, and his skill in this direction enables him to do much in repair, also his buildings, and, in fact, can do anything in the line of mechanical operation, so that everything about his farm is kept in excellent condition and the neat and thrifty appearance of the place indicates to the passer-by the progressive and practical spirit of the owner.

On the 2d of June, 1884, Mr. Gerlach was united in marriage to Miss Adelia Bresa, who was born in Germany. They are now the parents of four children: Annie S., John C., Henry D. and Elsie M. Mr. Gerlach has served as a trustee of the Jefferson school district and is deeply interested in the cause of education, realizing its value as a preparation for life's practical and responsible duties. He has given his children good advantages in that direction, and at all times he is known as a public-spirited man ever loyal to the welfare of his community and its substantial upbuilding. Great changes have occurred since he arrived in California, and no man has rejoiced more heartily in what has been accomplished than has Mr. Gerlach.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

Return to Biographies Index, Volume II

Return to California AHGP home page

Return to Sacramento County AHGP home page