Biography of George P. Gernhardt
North Central Ohio Biographies

George P. Gernhardt. Prominent among the young business men of Mansfield may be mentioned George P. Gernhardt, who is president of the Mansfield Coco Cola Bottling Company. He was born at Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1894, the son of George M. and Elizabeth K. (Schaeffer) Gernhardt.

Both George M. Gernhardt and his wife were born in Cleveland. For many years Mr. Gernhardt was connected with the Coco Cola bottling works in that city and also in New York, and is still financially interested in same, although now living retired at Mansfield. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gernhardt: George P., the subject of this sketch; and Florence, who lives at home.

George P. Gernhardt attended the public schools of Cleveland, including Central and East Technical high schools. His first employment was as manager of the Buffalo (N. Y.) Coco Cola Bottling Works. In 1913 he came to Mansfield as manager of the company and is now serving as its president. The company employs 14 men in the Mansfield plant, have a fleet of six delivery trucks, and its business extends over a radius of 40 miles from Mansfield.

Mr. Gernhardt was married in 1921 to Miss Beatrice Perry, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Perry, natives of Wales, and now residents of Mansfield. Mr. and Mrs. Gernhardt have two children: Marlyn E., and George M. Jr.

Fraternally, Mr. Gernhardt is a high Mason, holding membership in Mansfield Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, No. 35; Royal Arch Chapter, No. 28; Mansfield Council, R. & S. M. M. No. 94; Mansfield Commandery, Knight Templar, No. 21; Dayton Consistory, A. A. S. R. 32nd degree; Baku Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R.; Al Koran Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; Mansfield Shrine Club; Mystic Club; Mansfield A. A. Scottish Rite Society. Socially he is a member of the Westbrook Country Club, Mansfield City Club; Richland County Boxing Commission; and Chamber of Commerce.

During the World War Mr. Gernhardt enljsted in the U. S. Army and was stationed at Camp Sherman in the Personnel offices. He is a member of the American Legion.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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