Biography of John Goergen
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JOHN GOERGEN is today (1926) one of the outstanding real estate brokers in the metropolitan area, and especially in the rapidly growing section of The Bronx, where he is well and widely known as an expert judge of realty values, a man of proved ability and wide experience in his chosen field of endeavor, and as a man of high ideals and strict integrity in whatever he undertakes.

Mr. Giergen was born in Schenectady, New York, on March 31, 1868, a son of Peter and Catherine Goergen. His mother died when he was thirteen months old, and when his son was four years old the father brought him to New York City where they henceforth made their home.

John Giergen received his educational training in the public schools of New York City, and while still a mere child of eight years, and still attending school, began his business career by selling newspapers for the Manhattan News Company. He also worked at various odd jobs, as messenger for the District Telegraph Messenger Service Company, and in a grocery store as errand boy and clerk for about a year and a half. He then apprenticed himself to learn the bricklayer's trade, and before finishing his training period removed to Boseman, Montana, where he remained for a period of five years. Upon his return to New York City he again took up the bricklayer's trade, and continued successfully in this field of endeavor until the year 1902, when he received the appointment as inspector of sewers for Brooklyn, thus serving until 1905. In that year he embarked in the real estate business, with an insurance brokerage as a side line, opening his office at Williamsbridge Road and Wakefield Avenue, and later removing to his present address, the corner of Two Hundred and Thirty eighth Street and White Plains Avenue. Mr. Goergen has been very successful as a realtor and insurance broker, and is regarded as one of the most progressive and public spirited men in The Bronx. Fraternally, he is an active and interested member of Hopewell Lodge, No. 596, Free and Accepted Masons; and also holds membership in the Real Estate Board of Trade of The Bronx.

John Goergen was married (first), in the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York City, on March 23, 1891, to Minnie Damm, a daughter of John and Lizzette Dant. Mrs. Minnie (Datum) Goergen died, and Mr. Goergen was married (second), on April 12, 1921, in The Bronx, to Mrs. Augusta (Damm) Knapp, a widowed sister of his first wife. By the first union Mr. Goergen is the father of the following children: 1. Ada Lizzette, who married Harold Noble, and they have one child, Muriel Noble. 2. Eugene Douglas. 3. Elsie Catherine, who married William Holmes, and they have one child, William John Holmes. Mr. and Mrs. Goergen reside at No. 4321 Richardson Avenue, The Bronx, New York.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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