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Peter Geiger

Of the many hundreds who, have formed his acquaintance in a social, or business way, it would be difficult to find one who has anything but praise for the late Peter Geiger, whose untimely death was the cause of universal grief. His genial disposition and sympathetic nature have given him a strong hold on a wide circle of friends.

Mr. Geiger was born at Uhrweiler, St. Wendel, Germany, Dec. 31, 1852. He was the son of Johann and Katrina (Ostchen) Geiger; his father being a native of Uhrweiler, St. Wendel, and his mother of Krugelburn, Germany.

September 8, 1874, he bade a last farewell to his old homestead and came to America. Nearly a year was spent in Rochester, N. Y. where he learned the butchers’ trade. Removing to this village, July 23, 1872, he entered the employ of Frank Gunther. On November 21, 1884, he established a market at No. 142 Main Street, where he remained until April 1, 1890, when he moved into his newly built market, at No. 132 Main Street, which is still being conducted by his estate, and is popularly known as Geiger Market.

He was married to Miss Lucy Heiman, a native of Sheldon, Wyoming County, on April 27, 1875. Six sons and three daughters were born to them of which all except two sons are living, they having died in infancy. Clara, the eldest daughter, was married September 26, 1900, to Edward D. Snyder, the progressive proprietor and owner of the Snyder Fountain Roller Mills, located at Williamsville, N. Y. One daughter, Levancha Lucy, has blessed this union. Herman F., the eldest son, is the capable manager of the market. Bertha, Otto, Mary, Frederic, and Albinus are the remaining members of this family and all reside at home. Mr. Geiger received the injury which terminated in his death, July 31, 1901. Everything possible was done to save his life but the end came suddenly on the eve of August 9.

Successful as a man of business and surrounded by many comforts and a devoted family, Mr. Geiger looked forward to many happy years. Though many will continue to mourn because of his sudden departure from this earth, his good works and noble example will continue to live in the hearts of his many friends.


DANSVILLE, 1789-1902: Historical, Biographical, Descriptive. Edited by A.O. Bunnell, compiled by F.N. Quick. (1902) reprinted 1993 page 215 Transcribed [and contributed by] Sally Carrier