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Frank J. Geile


Frank J. Geile, of the firm of Geile & Lorenz, Silver Lake, Mo., was born in Madison County in 1854. His father, Joseph H. Geile was a native of Prussia, born in 1827.

In 1851, having learned the blacksmith’s trade, he came to America and until 1855 worked at his trade at Mine La Motte. He then bought a farm in Perry County, where he remained until 1874, when he removed to Silver Lake, and for eight years was engaged in farming and blacksmithing.

Since 1882, he has devoted his entire time to agricultural pursuits. His wife Mary Heineken was born in Prussia in 1829 and is the mother of eight children.

Frank J. Geile was educated in the common schools and served an apprenticeship at the wagon maker’s trade. In 1880 he built a shop at Silver Lake, which he conducted until 1885, when owing to an injury, he was compelled to abandon his trade, and has since been engaged in his present business. From 1883 to 1885 Mr. Geile was postmaster at Silver Lake, and during that time was in business in partnership with his father.

In 1880, he married Fannie Schindler, a native of Perry County, born in 1852, by whom he is the father of four children: Clara, Frederick B., Henry and William.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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