FRANKLIN PAUL GEIGER is superintendent of the city schools of East Liverpool, Columbiana County. Outside of the larger cities this is one of the most important educational units sin Ohio. Under Superintendent Geiger are twenty schools, a staff of 150 teachers, with a total scholarship enrollment of 5,000, there being 700 enrolled in high school. For a position of such responsibility Mr. Geiger has qualifications based upon long and successful experience and notable leadership in educational circles.
He was born on a farm at Malvern in Carroll County, Ohio, January 25, 1870. His grandfather, John Paul Geiger, a native of Germany, was four years of age when brought to America, his parent settling near Malvern, Ohio, and improving a farm in pioneer days. John Paul Geiger married Magdalena Snyder, a native of Ohio, and both of them died near Malvern. Their son John Jacob Geiger, was born at Malvern in February, 1846, and spent all his live in that community. He was a substantial farmer, an active worker in the Reformed Church, and a republican in politics. He died in September, 1921. His wife, Mary Schory, was born near Malvern, but over the line in Stark County, December 4, 1848, and still occupies the old homestead, Franklin Paul is the oldest of six children. Edwin C. is a farmer at Malvern. Anna S. died at the age of thirty-three. William H. is superintendent of schools at Lisbon, Ohio. Mary Edna married Herbert Weaver, who is connected with the Timken Works at Canton. John Quinton,the youngest child, operates the old homestead farm.
Franklin Paul Geiger was a boy on the farm during his early years, attending rural schools in Carroll County, the Malvern High School and graduated from the normal department of Mount Union College at Alliance with the class of 1892. In 1894 he received the degree Bachelor of Science from the commercial department of Mount Union, and in the same year the Bachelor of Arts degree after completing the regular collegiate course. In a career of thirty years as a teacher and school administrator Mr. Geiger has been constantly at work and study in preparation for larger responsibilities. He took post-graduate work and received the Master of Arts degree from Mount Union College in 1912. During 1910-12 he attended the Teachers College of Harvard University, and in 1918 Ohio University awarded him the honorary degree Doctor of Pedagogy. He is a member of the college fraternity Alpha Tau Omega.
A brief outline of his larger responsibilities as an educator is as follows: Principal of the high school at Carrollton, one year; teacher in the Lancaster High School; in the fall of 1897 became principal of the high school at Canal Dover, Ohio, serving in that capacity five years, and was the superintendent of the city schools there until 1917. He became superintendent of schools at East Liverpool in 1917.
Doctor Geiger also served as a member of the Ohio State Board of School Examiners from 1915 to 1920. He was president in 1921 of the Ohio State Teachers' Association and is a member of the National Educational Association. He is a republican, is affiliated with Tubal Lodge No. 551, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, at Minerva, Tuscarawas Chapter No. 38, Royal Arch Masons, at New Philadelphia, Massillon Commandery No. 4, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory of the Valley of Cleveland in the Scottish Rite, Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Cleveland, was president of the East Liverpool Shrine Club from 1920 to 1923, and is a past patron of Tuscarawas Chapter No. 164 of the Eastern Star at Dover. His is also past chancellor of Dover Lodge No. 168, Knight of Pythias, and past exalted ruler of Dover Lodge No. 975, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of East Liverpool. During the World war he accomplished much patriotic work through the schools, assisting in all the drives for funds, and being a four-minute speaker at patriotic gatherings over Columbiana County. He is a member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and the East Liverpool Rotary Club.
On June 17, 1896, at Canton, Mr. Geiger married Miss Electa V. McConkey, daughter of Dr. William J. and Sarah (Blythe) McConkey. Her parents are now deceased. Her father was a very able and highly esteemed physician at Canton. Mrs. Geiger finished her education in Mount Union College. To their marriage were born two children. The son, Wendell Wellington, was a graduate of the Dover High School and died June 1, 1920, at the age of twenty-two years. The daughter, Hazel Rowena, is a senior in Western Reserve University at Cleveland.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV