Born: December 19, 1860, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.
Died: July 29, 1919, Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
Buried: Riverside Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Frank was the son of Samuel B. Graeff and Matilda Merkle Zerbey, and husband of Mary Lourene Mauger (married 1894).
Reared and educated in
Pennsylvania Dutch country, he sensed a call to the ministry early in life. He became a Methodist minister and served some of the leading churches in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was known as the
Sunshine Minister for his optimistic attitude. His sunny disposition and simple faith made him a special friend of children, but he was an encouragement to everyone who knew him.
He wrote about 200 hymn texts and a novel.