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John F. Geile


John F. Geile, blacksmith at Silver Lake, is a native of Perry County, born in 1860. He attended the public schools and worked on the farm with his father until attaining his eighteenth year, when he began learning his trade.

After completing his apprenticeship he worked in various cities, St. Louis, Minneapolis and Gardner, Dak. until 1883, when he formed a partnership with his brother at Silver Lake. In 1885 he took full charge of the shop and has since been sole proprietor.

In February 1886 he was united in marriage with Mary Baudendistel and to their union have been born two children: Anna and Edward.

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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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