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Geer, E. N. - Capt

CAPT. E. N. GEER, of the firm of Geer & Co., Corry, was born January 9, 1846, in Warren, Warren County, Penn., and is a son of Lewis R. and Lura A. (Cogswell) Geer. Our subject came to Corry from Warren, September, 1864. He learned the harness trade from his father, L.R. Geer. He engaged in harness business for himself in 1869, continuing in same until the fall of 1873, when he disposed of his stock and engaged with Dr. J.M. Davies in the insurance business as managers for the State of Pennsylvania, for Protection Life Insurance Company, of Chicago, Ill. He discontinued his connection with Davies in the fall of 1874, and commenced traveling, selling cigars for J.M. Turner, Corry, Penn., until the death of the latter, January, 1879, when, in connection with his father, he purchased the cigar manufactory of J.M. Turner, deceased, from the administrator, F.A. Allen, and has since continued doing a successful business. In June, 1871, he organized the Huydekoper [sic] Rifles, and was commissioned Captain by Gov. John W. Geary, served under Maj. Gen. H.S. Huydekoper, [sic] headquarters Meadville, Penn. Business so interfered with the Captain’s military service that he concluded for the good of the service to resign in the spring of 1874. While in command, his company was recognized as one of the best disciplined in the division. October 15, 1880, the Captain organized Corry City Lodge, No. 470, Knights of Pythias. He was elected Past Chancellor, and Representative to the Grand Lodge, Pennsylvania. His valued services have been so appreciated by Corry City Lodge that he has been unanimously re-elected every year since its organization. Our subject married, April 9, 1868, Fannie, daughter of Thomas and Lausia Blackburn, the former a prominent jeweler in Frankford, Penn. Mrs. Geer was born October 24, 1850. By this union there has been one son— Lynford E., born February 17, 1869.


 

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