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John Geyer, 1891

John Geyer was a well known Albion builder for more than half of a century. Born February 28, 1891, in Sheridan Township, he married Wilhelmina Schumacher in 1917. Geyer began his career as a carpenter in 1910 working for Charles Krenerick, who built barns in Sheridan Township. John then joined the Wilder Construction Company, working ten hours a day, six days a week. By World War I, Geyer had worked his way up to superintendent of building and construction in the firm of S.A. Wilder & Son.

In 1919 he left the Wilder company to become a partner in the Schumacher ConstructionCompany, where he worked until acquiring the Albion Lumbercompany. The transition of ownership began during World War II, when the Schumacher company became inactive and Geyer went to work for the lumber company. Geyer’s job was to manage the carpentry force. He was already familiar with the operations of theAlbion Lumber company when he and his son Robert purchased it in 1946. Geyer continued the mill operation after purchasing the company, and many thousands of feet of lumber were planed there. The Albion Lumber Company made flooring, and manufactured all kinds of mill work.

Robert Geyer became sole owner of the Albion Lumber Company in December 1956, although his father remained withthe firm in an advisory capacity for several years.

Jacob and Mary (Gilg) Geyer with sons, John and George, about 1894.

Source: Frank Passic. Homestead Savings and Loan and the Builders of Albion: One Hundred Years of Service, 1889-1989. Albion, MI: Homestead Savings and Loan Association. 1988.

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