Biography of Frank W. Gethoefer
Erie County, NY Biographies


Gethoefer, Frank W., Buffalo, clerk of the city of Buffalo, is the son of George and Emilia (Rudolf) Gethoefer, and a grandson of Frederick and Katharine Gethoefer, natives of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. His grandparents came to America with their family about 1843 and settled in Buffalo, where Frederick conducted a piano manufactory for many years. George Gethoefer was eight years old when he arrived in this country. His wife, Emilie, a native of Buffalo, was a daughter of William Rudolf, who was born in Switzerland. Frank W. Gethoefer was born June 4, 1862, at 434 Oak street, in the Fifth district of the Sixth ward. Buffalo, where he has ever since resided. He received a public and high school education, and then became cashier in the bank of Moses Smith, in which capacity he served until 1885, when he was appointed deputy city clerk under William E. Delaney. He was reappointed by City Clerk Charles R. Marshall and held the position in all eight years, fathfully discharging his duties and winning the approbation of all with whom he came in contact. From 1894 to 1897 inclusive he was proprietor of Hotel Grill, and on January 3, 1898 by a vote of 19 to 13, the Common Council appointed him city clerk of the city of Buffalo to succeed Mark S. Hubbell. Mr. Gethoefer has always been an active and influential Democrat, and was president of the Buffalo Cleveland Corps in 1888 and a delegate and reading clerk to the State Democratic Convention at Syracuse that first elected William F. Sheehan a State committeeman. For several years he has been one of his party's trusted leaders. He is a popular member of the Royal Arcanum, the Elks, the Buffalo Liedertafel, and other organizations.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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