GEITER, Ralph 1872-1936
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Date: 11/9/2016 at 19:25:55
Ralph Geiter Dies Sun. In Hospital At Waterloo
Was Sick Two Weeks With Septic Poisoning; Resided In Grundy County All Of His Life
The end came at 1:20 Sunday afternoon at a Waterloo hospital for Ralph Geiter, prominent farmer of Washington township who suffered for a short time with septic poisoning.
Mr. Geiter had been in good health up to two weeks before his death. At that time he had a number of teeth removed, around the roots of which pus had formed. A few days later septic poisoning developed. He was taken to the hospital at once for further examination and treatment. The case at the time was so far advanced that the poisoning could not be checked. He was at the hospital exactly a week.
The news of Mr. Geiter's death was received with deep regret by his many friends in Grundy county. He was born in Grundy county and resided here all of his life. He was 64 years old last June. He was born in Pleasant Valley township June 13, 1872, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Geiter. He resided on a farm in that township until he was married to Margaret Isenhour at Grundy Center, January 18, 1898. Mr. and Mrs. Geiter began housekeeping on the Sprague farm in southwest Palermo township. They resided there six years. After that time Mr. Geiter bought a farm in Washington township three miles southeast of Grundy Center to which the family moved 30 years ago and which has been their home ever since.
Mr. Geiter was a successful farmer. He made his one of the best improved farms in the county, equipped with modern buildings and good livestock. Mr. Geiter was an influential and trusted leader of the county's Farm Bureau organization. He was one of its charter members and a director from his township. He was a strong supporter of the AAA and the Soil Conservation program. He was township AAA committeeman and vice chairman for the county. He was also a member of the school board from his district for several years. No man was held in higher regard and respect by his neighbors and others who knew him than he. His death is a real loss to his county.
Surviving are the widow, one son, Elmer, who is at home and who has been assisting in the management of the farm, and one daughter, Mrs. Floyd Creswell. There are two brothers, Henry Geiter of Portland, Oregon, and Walter Geiter from Spokane. The two sisters are Mrs. Hannah Dries, Braddock, North Dakota, and Laura Geiter of Grundy Center.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Grundy Center Tuesday afternoon and there was a very large attendance of relatives and friends from all parts of the county. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Relatives and friends from out of the county present at the funeral services were: Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Crippen, Mrs. Ivan Johnston, Bertha, Minn.; Mrs. Jacob Geiter, Glen Geiter, Charles Timms, Freeport, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pergakis, Iowa Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Manning Howell, Hampton; Wm. Dorseman, Kelstone; Lewis Hewitt, Waterloo; Vaughn Craft, Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Snittjer, Cedar Falls; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Gibson, Reinbeck.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 October 1936, pg 1
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