Biography of Ervin T. Geist
Will County, Il Biographies





Ervin T. Geist. - A distinguished figure in financial circles in Will County is Ervin T. Geist, who is president of the Joliet Trust & Savings Bank. He was born at Plainfield, Ill., the son of Hiram S. and Jane (Ross) Geist.

Hiram S. Geist was born in Pennsylvania and his wife was a native of Ohio. He was a farmer throughout his life and spent more than half a century on a farm which was located between Joliet and Plainfield. He died in 1905 and his wife died in 1909. Both are buried at Plainfield. Mr. and Mrs. Geist were the parents of the following children: William S., lives at Rockwell City, Iowa; Mary E., lives at Plainfield, Ill.; Henry N., lives at Adair, Iowa; Charles E., lives at Clear Lake, Iowa; Elza N., lives at Oroville, Calif.; Hattie R., lives at Plainfield, Ill.; and Ervin T., the subject of this sketch.

Ervin T. Geist was educated in the Plainfield district school and attended Joliet High School. He spent his boyhood on his father's farm in Plainfield Township and his first employment was as a reporter for the Republic and Sun newspaper. He later became advertising manager of this newspaper and was also identified with the Joliet Republican Printing Company. He served as cashier of the Joliet Trust & Savings Bank for ten years and in 1921 was elected president. He is also president of the Joliet Title and Guarantee Company.

On Oct. 9, 1902, Mr. Geist was married at Joliet to Miss Erma Hamilton of Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Thomas and Annie (Chambers) Hamilton, natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Geist have no children.

A Republican by political affiliation, Mr. Geist served as a member of the Will County Board of Supervisors from Joliet Township from 1899 to 1900; as Recorder of Deeds of Will County from 1900 to 1908; and as City Treasurer of Joliet in 1920. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America, Mattison Lodge A. F. and A. M. No. 175, Joliet Chapter, R. A. M., No. 27, Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4, Medinah Temple, Chicago Shrine, Eagles Lodge, and Elks Lodge, No. 296. He also belongs to the Joliet Country Club and Chamber of Commerce. His religious affiliation is with the Central Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Geist has given to every step of his progress from his youth to his present outstanding position the tireless endeavor and fearless attitude of the natural business executive, and in his success his ability is definitely demonstrated.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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