Biography of Harry O. Geren
Erie County, PA Biographies

Harry O. Geren is well and favorably known in Erie, where he is in charge of the United States Weather Bureau. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio, born Dec. 2, 1877, and the son of Dudley D. and Adenia (Wilson) Geren.

Dudley D. Geren, retired, is a Civil War veteran. He was born at Marietta, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1846, and at the age of 15 years enlisted in Battery H, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, and served throughout the Civil War. His brother, Ireneus A., who was 17 years old, also served in the war. Mr. Geren was a brick contractor during his active career and now lives retired. His wife, also a native of Marietta, Ohio, was born Oct. 26, 1854. They had six children: Arthur G., born at Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 9, 1880, a merchant at Columbus, Ohio; James R., assistant postmaster at Columbus, Ohio; Myles W,, engaged in the florist business, Columbus, Ohio; Francis G., lives at Columbus; Helen O., born in July, 1875, died in 1900, and is buried in Columbus; and Harry O., the subject of this sketch.

Harry O. Geren was educated in the public schools of Columbus and after his graduation from high school in 1894, he entered Ohio State University, where he received his degree in 1899. In 1898 he was appointed major of the cadet battalion of Ohio State University, which is the highest rank held in the university. After leaving college he was appointed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture, James Wilson, as observor at the U. S. Weather Bureau at Boston, Mass. He has served since at the following stations: Assistant at Columbus, Ohio; Assistant at Havana, Cuba; official in charge of Cienfuegos, Cuba; Assistant at Phoenix, Ariz.; official in charge at Valentine, Neb.; Assistant at Chicago, Ill.; Assistant at Columbus, Ohio; official in charge at Reno, Nev.; official in charge at Rapid City, S. D.; and official in charge at Sioux City, Iowa. Mr. Geren has been located at Erie since 1913 and has proven most efficient and capable.

On June 11, 1901, Mr. Geren was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Miller, a native of Columbus, Ohio, born Jan. 29, 1880, and the daughter of John C. and Mary (Mitchell) Miller. Mr. Miller, a Civil War veteran, was born in October, 1837, and is now retired. His wife died in 1919 and is buried in the Greenlawn cemetery, Columbus. Mrs. Geren is a grand niece of Horace Greeley, American journalist.

Mr. and Mrs. Geren have a daughter, Jeanette Geren, born June 6, 1906. She is a student at Ohio State University.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
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