Ohio Biographies

Fred W. Geiger

Twice retained as receiver for the Ebert Brewing Company of Ironton, Lawrence County, Mr. Geiger, who is the incumbent of this responsible position at the present time, has shown much discrimination and executive ability in handling the affairs of this business, through his connection with which and other important interests in Ironton he has become well known as one of the representative young business men of his native city.

Mr. Geiger was born at Ironton on the 12th of April, 1886, and is a son of Henry J. and Fannie (Ebert) Geiger, both natives of Klingenburg, Germany, where the former was born in 1850 and the latter in 1853. The father was reared and educated in his native land, where he learned the brewer's trade with all of the thoroughness common to the industry in Germany. In 1869 he immigrated to the United States and after remaining about three months in New York City he came to Ohio and established his residence in Ironton, where he was long and prominently identified with the brewing business and where he has lived virtually a retired life since 1905. He and his wife are well known and popular representatives of the German element of citizenship in Lawrence County and they are the parents of seven children, namely: Leo N., Mathilde B., Henry J., Jr., Fred W., Otto A., Charles T. and Bertha E.

Fred W. Geiger is indebted to the public schools of Ironton for his early educational discipline and after his graduation in the high school, as a member of the class of 1904, he completed a course in the Davidson Business College, in which he was graduated in 1905. Accepting a clerical position in the Iron City Savings Bank, he won advancement through effective service, having held the position of bookkeeper until his promotion to that of teller. Of the latter post he continued to be a valued incumbent until 1908, when he resigned his position to accept that of receiver of the Ebert Brewing Company. He served in this capacity until 1911 and brought the business of the concern into excellent condition. After his retirement he was engaged in the flour and feed business until 1913, when he was again appointed receiver of the Ebert Brewing Company, to the affairs of which he has since continued to give the major part of his time and attention, with the result that he is again bringing the enterprise into effective order, with much discrimination in the administration of the large financial interests involved.

Mr. Geiger is one of the popular young men in the business and social circles of his native city and is the owner of the attractive home 198 South Fifth Street, the same being made a center of gracious hospitality with his popular wife as its chatelaine. Mr. Geiger was first sergeant of the Ironton High School Cadets during three years of his student life; he is a member of the Ironton Chamber of Commerce, is affiliated with the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and both he and his wife are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

On the 28th of November, 1911, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Geiger to Miss Minnie Fuller, daughter of Van Fuller, a representative citizen of Ironton, and the one child of this union is Helen Louise.


From "A Standing History of the Hanging Rock Iron Region of Ohio" by Eugene B. Willard, Daniel W. Williams, George O. Newman and Charles B. Taylor.  Published by Lewis Publishing Company, 1916