HON. GEORGE C. BEIS. Energetic and decisive, and liberally endowed with natural legal talent and ability, Hon.
George C. Beis, who holds a distinctive position among the leading attorneys at law of Erie County, is successfully
engaged in the practice of his chosen profession in Sandusky. A son of George J. Beis, he was born in Waterville,
Lucas County, Ohio, of German ancestry, his paternal grandparents having been lifelong residents of Germany. Two
of their sons immigrated to America, George J. and Charles, who settled in Wyandot County, Ohio.
Born and educated in Baden, Germany, George J. Beis left home in early manhood, coming to the United States in
search of a favorable opportunity for advancing his financial resources, and being sixty two days in crossing the
Atlantic in a sailing vessel. Landing in New York. he proceeded by way of the Hudson River and the Erie Canal to
Buffalo, and thence by lake to one of the ports of Ohio. Making his way across the country to Galion, Crawford
County, Ohio, he there served an apprenticeship at the brewer's trade, that having been at a time when the brewing
business was conducted on a much smaller scale than at present, the brewers making their own barrels, so that he
became proficient in both brewing and coopering. Settling in Waterville, Lucas County, he was successfully engaged
in the brewing business until 1873, when he bought a tract of land near by, and was there employed in agricultural
pursuits until his death. He married Rosina Anion, whose parents emigrated from Germany to America with their large
family of children when she was six years old, settling first in Pennsylvania, from there coming to Ohio and locating
in the vicinity of Waterville. She died in 1893, leaving six children.
An ambitious student in his youthful days, George C. Beis acquired a practical knowledge of books in the public
schools, and at the age of seventeen years began his career as a teacher in Providence Township, Lucas County,
and subsequently taught one or more terms each year for three years, in the meantime reading law in the office
of Scribner, Hurd & Scribner. Entering the senior class of the law department of the University of Michigan,
at Ann Arbor, in 1882, he was there graduated in 1883 and immediately admitted to practice in Michigan. Instead
of remaining in that state he came directly to Erie County, and after being admitted to the Ohio bar in Columbus
commenced the practice of his profession in Sandusky, where he has met with unquestioned success.
Mr. Beis married Lucinda M. Zerbe, who was born in Sandusky, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Zerbe. Mr. and Mrs.
Beis are the parents of three children, namely: George A., Jeannette and Mary Elizabeth. After his graduation from
the Sandusky High School, George A. Beis entered the University of Michigan, his father's alma mater, and in 1912
was graduated from the literary department of that institution with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Later he entered
the law department of that university and was there graduated with the class of 1915. Jeannette Beis, also a graduate
of the Sandusky High School, is now, in 1915, a student at the Western Reserve Woman's College in Cleveland.
Mr. Beis cast his first presidential vote in favor of Grover Cleveland, and has since been an earnest supporter
of the principles of the democratic party, serving ably as chairman of the Democratic County Committee, and in
1888 was the democratic candidate for presidential elector of his home district. Prominent in the administration
of public affairs, Mr. Beis was elected probate judge of Erie County in 1890, and in that position served most
satisfactorily to all concerned. He was elected city solicitor of the City of Sandusky in 1885, and was reelected
in 1887 and 1889, resigning the office of solicitor to take the office of probate judge.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1916
Erie County, Ohio
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