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John S. Geisel
Male 1867 - 1962


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  • Birth  20 Sep 1867  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Church Membership  St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Elmira, Waterloo Region Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Elected Office  Reeve of Woolwich 
    Religion  1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1901  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Occupation  1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Farmer 
    Religion  1911  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1921  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion  1921  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Lutheran 
    Residence  1955  5 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-55553 
    Died  13 Dec 1962  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried  Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID  I55553  Generations
    Last Modified  24 Oct 2017 

    Father  John Geisel,   b. 6 Sep 1840, Reimenrod, , Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1917, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elisabeth F. Schweitzer,   b. 15 Sep 1843, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  11 Aug 1863  , Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F14387  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Anne Koch,   b. 1867, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1966 
    Married  Jan 1895  [5
    Children 
     1. Nellie E. Geisel,   b. 25 Oct 1895, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Lillie M. Geisel,   b. 6 Apr 1898, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964
     3. Edward Geisel,   b. 1900, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Edward John Geisel,   b. 14 Jan 1901, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1977, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Walter Henry Geisel,   b. Aug 1903, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Oscar George Geisel,   b. Jun 1910, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1988
    Family ID  F14385  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • John S. Geisel - by Record Staff Writer

      ELMIRA - John S. Geisel, 95, of Elmira died Thursday at his home after a short illness. Born in Woolwich Township Sept. 20 1867, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Geisel Sr. He was a lifelong resident of this district. He farmed near Elmira until he retired in 1945 and moved to Elmira. Mr. Geisel was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Elmira and served on the church council over 20 years.

      Surviving are his wife, the former Maryann Koch, whom he married in January 1895, three sons, Edward and Oscar of Elmira; Walter of Winterbourne, two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Nettie) Norris of Waterloo, Mrs. Lillie Ritter of St. Jacobs; one brother, Henry of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Reist of Winterbourne, Mrs. Lavina Schmermund of Elmira, Mrs. Catherine Witter of St. Jacobs; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. One brother and three sisters predeceased him.

      The body will be at the Dreisinger Funeral Parlor until Sunday at 1 pm when removal will be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church for memorial service at 2:30 pm. Rev. Frank Malinsky will officiate. Burial will be in Elmira Cemetery.1a

      1aKitchener-Waterloo Record 14 Dec 1962

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      John S. Geisel Reminisces On Early Elmira District History

      The Signet this week is paying tribute to one of the oldest couples still living, and in good health, of Elmira and district. With this issue, we present John S. Geisel, who was born on a farm close to Elmira, and who as a boy of 13 helped to make the logs and foundation blocks which went into the foundation of the West Montrose covered bridge which was started in 1880. Illness of the contractor led to a postponement, but the boy returned in 1882 to see the structure to its completion. It is one of the few covered bridges left in Ontario.

      His son, Walter, now reeve in Woolwich Township, supervised the repairs to the old bridge earlier this year, and both Mr. and Mrs. Geisel were taken to the site to watch repairs.

      John S. Geisel was born on a farm owned by his parents in 1867 in Woolwich Township, and here he grew to a youth of 17 before starting out to earn his own living.

      For more than 51 years he can boast an unbroken record of having farmed in the district. And he retired a successful farmer, in the general sense of the term.

      Mr. Geisel is a modest man, with an excellent memory. His only boast was that on the evening of marriage the bride and groom danced at a private home, and later, he smoked a last cigar, and decided to quit smoking. He left the burnt end on a window sill in order to make his resolution even more determined. For five days, he related, he restlessly passed that portion of cigar. But he was through with smoking. He then asked this reporter what he would assume a man could save by not spending 10 cents per day every day from the year 1895 when he was married to the present year, 1955. The reporter hazarded a wild guess - and he was solemnly assured, with his wife nodding confirmation, that with accumulated interest the amount saved ran to no less than $5000.

      It was while doing day labor on a farm that he met his future wife in Elmira, where she was visiting a relative. The year was 1895. Mrs. Geisel is the former Mary Ann Koch of Clifford.

      The young couple immediately planned to farm on the share-crop tenant basis of the old days. With his bride, who helped clean the house, which was quite old, they moved in. Their landlord by agreement provided cow pasture, wood, and $100 cash annually. They managed fairly well the first year, and in the second Mr. Geisel cleared some seven more acres, using horses to pull out the stumps.

      When he embarked, in 18906, into his own stock and equipment, the prices he recalls, today, are a true reminder of what farming without the aid of self-propelled machinery could mean.

      For a good milch cow, he reminisced, "I paid $17, and I think I got a bargain in two heifers, due to freshen in a few weeks, at $10 apiece. I also bought three horses for $100." He also added he bought one bob sleigh, at a sale for $7.

      In the lie of farm implements, he bought, from his careful savings, a new Harris six-section harrow for $6.00. He considered this a bargain. A binder, also picked up through careful inquiries, was obtained for $3.

      Mr. Geisel early learned the necessity of public service, and prior to his retirement from farming he had been a school trustee, as well as reeve. When he finally retired, and bought a dwelling in Elmira, he was also close to a church he had served for many years, the last 12 as an elder - St. Paul's Lutheran Church which he helped to build.

      He could remember that, before his marriage, he would often accept a job cutting wood at 50 cents a day. Sometimes he would enter a wood-cutting contract. He remembers once having a very good partner, and cutting wood at 75 cents for 4 feet cord; and 50 cents for two-foot length cords. With the partners working daily, the average daily cut of the two men averaged four cords.

  • Sources 
    1. [S148] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1901, Woolwich F-4 Page 7.

    2. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 72.

    3. [S348] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1911, Div. 15 page 13.

    4. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 72.

    5. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of John S. Geisel - 14 Dec 1962.

    6. [S2121] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1921, Sub Dist. 15 Page 1.

  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 20 Sep 1867 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch Membership - - St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Elmira, Waterloo Region Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1901 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1921 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1921 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1955 - 5 Centre St., Elmira, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Dec 1962 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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