Biography of Henry Gerstenslager
North Central Ohio Biographies

Henry Gerstenslager, an enterprising and well known business man of Wooster, is proprietor of the Wooster Auto Top Shop, 220 East North Street, and is also identified with the Gerstenslager Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of automobile bodies. Mr. Gerstenslager was born in Stark County, Ohio, Oct. 25, 1877, the son of Fred and Anna (Snyder) Gerstenslager.

Fred Gerstenslager was born in Germany in 1854 and emigrated to the United States with his parents when 13 years of age. He settled in Wayne County, and has become one of the prosperous farmers of Chippewa Township. Recently Mr. Gerstenslager removed to Marshaliville, where he lives retired. He has held numerous township offices and has been a life long member of the Lutheran Church. His wife is a native of Wayne County. They are the parents of four children: Mary, lives at Marshallville; Henry, the subject of this sketch; Anna, married Harry Fisher, lives at Baltimore, Md.; and Ada, married Vernon Christy, lives at Akron, Ohio.

When he was five years of age Henry Gerstenslager removed to Chippewa Township with his parents. He was educated in the district schools and engaged in general farming and stockraising until 1898, at which time he became interested in the manufacture of buggies and wagons. From 1906 until 1920 he was actively identified with the Gerstenslager Manufacturing Company, which was founded by his uncle, George Gerstenslager. The latter successfully engaged in the manufacture of buggies at Marshaliville, Wayne County, for 20 years before locating his business in Wooster. Although Henry Gerstenslager still holds an interest in the Gerstenslager Manufacturing Company, he devotes most of his time to the business which he established in Wooster in 1920. His new plant was built in 1926 and is located at 220 East North Street. He manufactures automobile tops and makes a specialty of repair work, being recognized as an expert in this particular field.

On April 8, 1903, Mr. Gerstenslager was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Galehouse, of Doylestown, Wayne County, the daughter of Fred and Rose Galehouse, who were early settlers of Wayne County. Mr. Galehouse died in 1902 and is buried at Doylestown, where his widow still resides. To Mr. and Mrs. Gerstenslager were born three daughters: Florence, a graduate of Wooster High School, married Roscoe Rich, lives at Wooster; Helen, born May 25, 1910, died Dec. 8, 1928, while a student at Athens College; and Mary, born in 1916, attends Wooster High School.

Mr. Gerstenslager is a Democrat and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He and his family hold membership in the Lutheran Church of Wooster.

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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