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
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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