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WILLIAM HERMAN GEIGER, who represents a family that has lived in Eastern Ohio for a century, is one of the leading educators of the state, being superintendent of schools of Lisbon. His brother, Franklin Paul Geiger, is an educator also, in Columbiana County, being superintendent of schools at East Liverpool.

 

William Herman Geiger was born near Malvern, in Carroll County, Ohio, December 27, 1879. The farm where he was born and where he grew up is now owned by his brother, Edwin C., and is the original Geiger homestead, settled by his great-grandfather, John Jacob Geiger. This ancestor was a native of Baden, Germany, and came to America in the early '20s of the last century, settling on and improving the farm noted above in Carroll County, where he spent the rest of his life. His son, John Paul Geiger, was born in Baden, Germany, in 1818, and was about four years of age when brought to this country. He also made farming his lifelong vocation, and died at his farm near Malvern in January, 1892. His wife was Mary Magdalene Schneider, who died near Malvern.

 

John Jacob Geiger, father of William H. Geiger, was born near Malvern, February 4, 1846, and spent all his life in that community, where he was successfully engaged in farming until his death on May 5, 1918, at the age of seventy-three. He was a very substantial and influential citizen, an active worker in the Reformed Church, and always voted as a republican. His wife, Mary Schory, was born near Minerva, December 4, 1847, and is now seventy-seven years of age. Their children were seven in number, the oldest being Franklin Paul Geiger, above mentioned as superintendent of schools at East Liverpool; Anna S., deceased, was the wife of Clarence Foltz, a farmer near Malvern; Edwin C., owns and operates the old homestead; Emma died at the age of two years; William Herman is the fifth in age; Mary Edna married Herbert A. Weaver, who is in the offices of the Timken company, autombole accessory manufacturers at Canton, and John Q., the youngest, lives at home.

 

William Herman Geiger's early associations were with the home farm in the community where the Geigers have lived for four generations. He attended rural schools in Brown Township of Carroll County, graduated from the Malvern High School in 1898, and did his first work as a teacher in the rural district of Stark County, where he continued teaching five years. In the meantime he was spending his summers and other vacation periods advancing his won education in Mount Union College, and in 1910 graduated with the Bachelor of Philosophy degree from that college. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omego fraternity at Mount Union. In the meantime, from 1903 to 1907, he had been superintendent of schools at Waynesburg, Ohio, and during 1907-08 he taught in the City High Schools at Alliance. In 1908-09 he was superintendent of schools in Lexington Township of Stark County, doing this work while carrying his studies in college.

 

After graduating Mr. Geiger spent the school year 1910-11 as a teacher in the East Liverpool High School, and during 1911-12 did post-graduate work in the University of Chicago, where he received his Master of Arts degree in June, 1912. While at the University of Chicago he was elected a member of the teachers' fraternity, Chi Delta Kappa. Mr. Geiger was superintendent of schools in Caldwell, in Noble County, from 1913 to 1917, and since the latter years has been superintendent of the city schools at Lisbon. Lisbon has three schools and a staff of twenty-eight teachers, the scholarship enrollment being about one thousand.

 

Mr. Geiger is well known in educational circles, being a member of he Columbiana County Teachers Association, the Columbiana County School Masters Club, the Northeastern Ohio Teachers' Association, the Ohio State Teachers Association and the National Educational Association. He is a member of the Lisbon Kiwanis Club, is a republican, is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with Noble Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, at Caldwell, and Cumberland Chapter No. 116, Royal Arch Masons, at Caldwell.

 

On August 8, 1912, in Knox Township, Columbiana County, he married Miss Esther S. Yaggi, whose parents, Christian and Lucinda (Hoffman) Yaggi, now deceased, were prosperous farmers in that section. Mrs. Geiger finished her education in Mount Union College. They have two children, Doris Virginia and Martha Lynette.

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925,  Volume IV