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Veit Geiger (d. 1891)

Veit Geiger was drafted September 23, 1864, and served in Company F of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, part of the Iron Brigade.  He was wounded April 1, 1865, at the Battle of Five Forks in Virginia.  He mustered out on June 23, 1865.

Veit Geiger died April 10, 1891.

This article about Veit’s son Joseph, which also talks about Veit, comes from The History of the St. Croix Valley (Chicago: H.C. Cooper Jr & Co., 1909) vol. 2, pages 1112-1113.

Joseph Geiger was born in Farmington, this county [Polk County, Wisconsin], September 26, 1866, son of Veit Geiger and Genefeva (Grupp) Geiger, natives of Wurtemburg, Germany.  The mother came to this country in 1852 and the father came in 1854, locating in Ohio.  They first met at Taylors Falls, Minn., where they were married, November 8, 1855, by Justice Newberry.  Mr. Geiger worked for about a year in a brick yard at Taylors Falls, removing to Farmington in 1855 and purchasing eighty acres of land, which he broke and improved, doing all the work with oxen.  He conducted general farming until 1867, when he came to Osceola and opened a brewery, which he managed until 1881, when he discontinued the business.  In 1885 he opened a large general store, which he operated until the time of his death, April 10,1891.  The mother is still living.  Veit Geiger served in the Civil War under General U. S. Grant, being a private in Company F, Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  He was wounded in battle and taken to a hospital and the war ceased while he was recuperating there.  He also belonged to the Iron Brigade. [paragraph break added]

Joseph received an education in the common schools and at the Osceola High School.  After leaving school he went to work in the father’s store, becoming manager upon the latter’s death.  In looking after the interests of the store he has been assisted by his sisters, Rosina and Theresa.  The store is a large one and carries a heavy stock of the best goods, commanding a big trade for many miles around.  Aside from his interest in the business Mr. Geiger owns a farm about three miles south of the village of Osceola.  His mother owns the store building and the lot it stands on.  Mr. Geiger is a upright man.  He was married, May 31, 1899, to Emma Brenner, daughter of Charles Brenner, of Stillwater, Minn.  This union has been blessed with three children: Genefava, born July 5, 1900; John, born June 14, 1902; and Louise, born August 7, 1904.  Mr. Geiger is a Republican in politics, a communicant of the Catholic church and a member both of the I. O. O. F. and the Modern Woodmen of America.  For several years he served as village trustee.  In Mr. Geiger’s parents’ family there were eight children.  The first three died in infancy.  Rosina was born December 17, 1862, and married Frank Nagler, president of the village of Osceola.  Mr. Nagler runs a meat market and is interested in the Osceola Mill & Elevator Company.  Mary was born in 1864 and died at the age of six years.  Joseph was the sixth in the family.  Theresa was born may 29, 1972, and married William Hillskoter, who is also interested in the Osceola Mill & Elevator Company.  John was born December 21, 1874, and died June 16, 1897.  He was a graduate of the medical department at the University of Minnesota and at the time when fatally stricken by typhoid fever was an intern in the city hospital at Minneapolis.  The entire family is highly esteemed throughout the locality.

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