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Catalog Number 2000.001.0010
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Studio sepia tone photo with background drapes. Three men in suits, two with vests showing. Two with bow ties, the other a four-in-hand.
Number of images 1
Date ca 1877
Title Geiss, Jacob. and sons, Julius and Henry
Collection Machinist - Geiss, Jacob and sons
Accession number 2000.001.
People Geiss, Jacob at right
Geiss, Julius left
Geiss, Henry middle
Notes 1827- Machinist, gasfitter

1850 Census Index Vol II, p 24: Gais, Jacob, 23, Germany, living at Ridge Prairie, St. Clair County, IL

St. Clair County Marriage Records:
Jacob Geiss md Wilhelmina Kohl July 22, 1854

1860 Census Index, p 267 GISS
Jacob 33 NAS; Mena 26 NAS

1870 Census Index, p 259 GEISS
Jacob 42 Prussia; Wilhelmine 37 Prussia; Following children born in IL:
Julius 14, Emma 10, Henry 8, Laura 6, Ida 4
The census also includes John 47 and George 33 - both md with children

1860 Belleville City Street Directory: Geiss & Brosius, foundry and machine shop, Schawneetown (now Mascoutah Ave), south of Main St.
Jacob Geiss, res Schawneetown, between Main St. and lst S (now Washington)
Jacob GOAS, gunmaker, Reinke & Winnemer (no further listings in successive
directories for Jacob Goas)

1868 Belleville City Street Directory: (more listings but only one Jacob)
Brosius, Geiss & Co., oil works, Corner Main and Mascoutah
Jacob, res NE Cor S 1st and Mascoutah

NOTE: Inventor and entrepreneur, Jacob Brosius owned a cold press castor oil bean business and also became involved in steam heat. He and Geiss were business partners in numerous ventures, i.e. "Geiss & Brosius": as partners in a Belleville foundry and machine shop, Jacob, Geiss was a gas and steam fitter. His sons, Julius and Henry, were also gas fitters in a "fixture" business at 315 E. Main St. in 1877. Geiss and his sons worked in relative obscurity as pioneers and possibly ahead of their time in steam and gas heat. Jacob Geiss retired by 1894 and his sons were no longer occupied in leading pipes.

1877 Belleville City Street Directory: (more listings but only one Jacob)
Jacob, Gas Fitter & Steam Fitter, 315 E. Main, res NE corner Mascoutah & 1st S
(now E. Washington St), also in household, Henry & Julius, Gas Fitters.
NOTE: The above listing is repeated in the 1884 City Directory.

NOTE: Also in the file is a xerox copy of a Civil War voucher made out to Private Philipp Geis, Company A -- 1982

Advocate newspaper 1/17/1876: Julius Liese and Carl Hartmann succeeded
J. Geiss in hardware business on E. Main St.

1887 Belleville City Street Directory: (more listings)
Jacob, home 22 Mascoutah

1891-2 Belleville City Directory:
Ellizabeth, widow John, boards 714 Abend St.
Jacob, retired, 22 Mascoutah Ave., also Miss Ida, Miss Emma and Henry,
Machinist with Sucker State Drill Co. , 18 Mascoutah Ave.

EXHIBIT MATERIAL -- "PLUMB" Latin for Lead: