The town of Gerlach is named after Louis Gerlach (b. 1835 - d. 1921).
Louis Gerlach hired James Raser as his foreman.
Wheeler recounts a story passed on to him by Clarence Thorton that states that Gerlach was bit by a tick when he came to inspect the Deep Hole ranch. As there had been cases of tick fever that year, Gerlach was rushed to Reno. After that Gerlach never visited is property again and conducted his business with Raser in Reno. There is mention of this story in Thornton's oral history at UNR from tapes that were recorded by Wheeler in 1974 and 1975. Thornton says the event occurred in 1905 or 1906. However, Van Norman writes: "Mr. Gerlach did not spend much time around the spread. He couldn't ride a horse too well. He would come up once or twice a year and ride from ranch to ranch on his buckboard."
- San Joaquin County Biographies: Louis Gerlach
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- Nevada State Journal, September 3, 1887, p. 3. "Louis Gerlach arrived from the bay last night."
- Nevada State Journal, "A Cattle Deal," "Louis Gerlach and John Wagner are up from Stockton .They have chased about 200 head of Miller..."
- Clarence. J. Thornton, "Ch. 3: Ranch Life in Northern Nevada and Eastern California," University of Nevada Oral History Project.
- Sessions S. Wheeler, "The Black Rock Desert," p. 157-158.
- Oddie Van Norman, Wes McGirr, "I Rode For Gerlach," Old West Magazine, Fall, 1974. (Nevada Historical Society has a copy)
- Nevada Historical Society Photography Collection, WA490 Photo, "Butchered Hog Mr Gerlach at right Paiute Jigger Bob from PL Indian Police c 1910". The Mr. Gerlach is probably Fred Gerlach because in 1910, Louis would have been 75. Also, Louis is said to have not returned to Gerlach after 1905 or 1906.