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Geer, Lewis R.

LEWIS R. GEER, of the firm of Geer & Co., Corry, was born in Warren, Warren Co., Penn., February 25, 1818, and is a son of John Geer, born in Susquehanna County March 8, 1791, and who came to Warren County in 1808. He was a farmer, lumberman and pilot on the Allegheny River. He died near Warren, aged ninety-one years and one day, one of the most honest, industrious and peaceable men that ever lived in Warren County. Although a lumberman on the river, he was an exceedingly strong man, but never had a fight. He was the father of seven children, five surviving. Our subject is by trade a harness-maker, which occupation he commenced in 1834 and followed for about eighteen years; subsequently was about five years in mercantile business at Warren, Penn., and farmed five years. He followed the Allegheny River as pilot from Warren to Pittsburgh. Mr. Geer has been a resident of Corry since 1864, devoting about seven years to the harness business at St. Petersburg, and was three years in Bradford. In 1879, Geer & Co. began to manufacture cigars under present firm name, succeeding J.M. Turner. The business was established in 1873. The firm employ about twenty-five hands, and are manufacturing over a million cigars annually. Our subject was twice married, first to Nancy Nesmith, sister of the banker Nesmith, of Warren, who died in Warren, July, 1843. Two children were born to this union— J.B., of Corry, and J.W., of Warren, Penn. Mr. Geer’s second wife is Lura A. Cogswell, of Warren, Penn. Two children have blessed this union— Capt. E.N., who is in the firm with his father, and travels through Pennsylvania and New York State; and Hattie M., wife of C. Porter, proprietor of the Railroad Dining Hall, Corry, Penn. Our subject is a strictly moral and temperate man, not known from childhood to have used a profane curse or oath, nor to have taken one drink of spirituous liquor, nor ever gambled in any way, nor ever had a fight, although very athletic, more so than the common run of men. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church about forty years, also a member of a Lodge of I.O.O.F.


 

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