1860–1919

Introduction

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Born: De­cem­ber 19, 1860, Ta­ma­qua, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Ju­ly 29, 1919, Ocean Grove, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Ri­ver­side Ce­me­te­ry, Nor­ris­town, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Biography

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.

Sources

Lyrics