Saturday, October 21, 2017

J H Geiger

photographer: J H Geiger
Concordia, KS

John Henry Geiger
(b. May 1844 in Ohio - d. 03 Dec 1928 in Los Angeles, CA)

John Henry Geiger appears to have been a photographer for only a short time. His studio was in Concordia, KS, from about 1888 to 1906 when he “retired” and moved to Los Angeles, CA with his wife and son Frank.

Although Aurelia and John Geiger married in April of 1869, in Kosciusko County, IN, and their first child Luella was born in August of 1870 at Waterville, KS, the family could not be found in the 1870 US census for either place.

The 1875 Kansas state census shows a J H Geiger as a farmer in Waterville, KS, with wife “A D Geiger” which matches and their ages would be correct for that year. The children’s initials don’t match perfectly but it could be charged to mistakes from the enumerator and hand writing.

The 1880 US census for Marshal, KS, shows him as “farmer”.

The 1885 Kansas state census shows Geiger as a carpenter in Clyde, KS, with good matches for wife and children’s names and ages.

What Geiger did between about 1865 and 1887 is not perfectly documented but it appears he was not a photographer.

The first mention of photography found, is an ad in the Concordia (KS) Blade, 25 Jun 1888 where he has apparently taken over the studio of Nulit, another photographer. The last mention of photography is a small ad for the gallery in the Concordia (KS) Empire, 15 Aug 1895.

The US census of 1900 finds Geiger still in Concordia, KS, but no occupation is shown.

A few newspaper items mention Geiger in connection with city and county politics.

In 1906, J H Geiger and wife pay a visit to the west coast of the US and then shortly after that, they move to Los Angeles, CA. All city directories there list no occupation for him and he does not appear in the business pages as photographer.

This cabinet card must have been finished between 1888 and 1906. Quite possibly it is between 1888 and 1895.

There are big holes in his line of documents. Any contributions will be appreciated.

Concordia (KS) Blade Empire - 02 Jul 1888

Concordia (KS) Empire - 05 Jul 1888

Concordia (KS) Empire - 24 Oct 1889

Concordia (KS) Empire - 24 Oct 1889

Concordia (KS) Empire - 08 May 1890

Concordia (KS) Empire - 04 Dec 1890

Concordia (KS) Empire - 20 Aug 1891

Concordia (KS) Empire - 28 Apr 1892

Concordia (KS) Blade - 01 Jul 1892

Concordia (KS) Empire - 09 Nov 1893

Concordia (KS) Empire - 09 Nov 1893

Concordia (KS) Empire - 02 Aug 1894

Concordia (KS) Empire - 15 Aug 1895

Concordia (KS) Empire - 11 Aug 1898

Concordia (KS) Empire - 06 Apr 1906

Concordia (KS) Empire - 13 Jul 1923

photographer: J H Geiger
Concordia, KS
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