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 Valentine Geist

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Valentine Geist

Birth
Hessen, Germany
Death 16 Apr 1895 (aged 70)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section S Lot 171 Grave 6
Memorial ID 117681590 View Source
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Valentine Geist, son of August and Catherine Geist, was born in Hesse Cassel, Germany in 1824. He learned the blacksmith trade and received a common school education. In 1840 he came to New York City, where he learned the shoemaking trade. In 1841 he spent some time in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Cleveland, Ohio, returning to New York City. In 1848 he settled in Troy, N.Y., where he was appointed city watchman. In 1855 he settled in Detroit, working at the boot and shoe trade until 1859, when he engaged in the undertaking business. He became conductor on the Jefferson Ave. horse cars in 1863. Mr Geist resumed the undertaking business in 1864, which he continued, and ranked among the oldest business in the Detroit Funeral Business, Geist Bros. In 1847, Mr Geist married Josephine Walles, in New York City. They had eight children, Elizabeth, Henry, Anna (Backus), Catherine, William, Louis, Charles, and George.


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