Geist Family Papers, 1865-1961

Call Number: MG-294

1 box       12 folders     .5 cubic ft.

Repository: Lancasterhistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 8

Description: This collection includes correspondence, tax records, legal documents, and other items related to the Geist family. Some correspondence personal, while other items relate to legal proceedings concerning estates and inheritances. A number of wills and associated materials, generally related to adjudications involving family members. Numerous local tax notices and federal income tax returns largely concerning Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Other materials include notebooks and receipts from Daniel W. Geist’s time at Millersville State Normal School, visiting cards, and newspaper clippings.

Creator: Geist family.

Conditions for Access: No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: Gift of Gary Hawbaker, 2002.

 

Folder 1 Correspondence

Folder 1, Insert 1 Correspondence

Envelope. Harry K. Geist, Bismarck, North Dakota, to Daniel W. Geist, Blue Ball. Envelope of Hotel Patterson, Bismarck, North Dakota. Address crossed out and overwritten with Grand Forks, North Dakota address. Postmarked, 29 November 1941.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses death of niece, Helen D. Miller. Notes enclosure of newspaper clipping. 28 November 1948.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses death, will, and estate of late sister, Harriet C. Rush. Requests Geist look into possible irregularities regarding administration of Rush’s estate and will by former husband, Chares W. Rush. 28 November 1941.

Newspaper clipping. Grand Forks Herald. Photograph captioned “Bring Home the Venison” depicting of several deer draped across car, flanked by hunters Harry K. Geist, Howard Anderson, Al Kjorlien, and George Brown. 28 November 1941.

Folder 1, Insert 2 Correspondence

Envelope. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Envelope of City Assessor, Grand Forks. Calculations and several names on rear. Postmarked 4 March 1942.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Notes enclosure of several letters. Discusses circumstances surrounding bill of complaint filed by Charles W. Rush. Reverse, copy of letter, Harry K. Geist to Mr. Lannon of K. Aslesen Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 1942.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Stanley Milledge, Miami, Florida. Notes enclosures, including check for $50 per previous correspondence, as well as several letters regarding issue of Harriet C. Rush’s will. 2 March 1942.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Charles W. Rush, Miami, Florida. Response to 29 January letter. Discusses issues surrounding bill of complaint filed by Charles W. Rush. Informs Rush of plans to appear in Florida’s Eleventh Circuit court. Comments on several individuals’ health issues. (carbon copy) 2 March 1942.

Final decree in Rush v. Geist, et. al. Orders restitution of several properties and sums to the estate of Harriet C. Rush. Further orders estate to be divided and distributed in accordance with terms of will, despite dissolution of trusts established for this purpose upon death of Rush’s daughter, Helen D. Miler. Defendants in case and relatives of Rush and Miller include Harry K. Geist, Daniel W. Geist, Lillian Dague, Lawrence Shirk, Richard Overly, Clara Witmer, Helen Wolfe, and Ruth Miller. (carbon copy) April 1944.

Folder 1, Insert 3 Correspondence

Envelope. L. A. Wolf of West Cocalico School District, Stevens, to Daniel W. Geist, Assistant Superintendant of Lancaster County schools. Several annotations. Postmarked, 4 January 1924.

Folder 1, Insert 4 Correspondence

Envelope. [unknown] at McClure House, Wheeling, West Virginia, to Everett D. Geist, Blue Ball. Annotation, “answered.” Postmarked 24 February 1890.

Letter. [illegible] at McClure House, Wheeling, West Virginia to Everett D. Geist. Discusses establishment of several Masonic Commanderies in Wheeling and other cities. 23 February 1890.

Folder 1, Insert 5 Speech

Notes for address to Mountville Farm Women’s Society. [Prepared by Daniel W. Geist]. Discusses history and present status of public education in Pennsylvania, as well as roles and duties of parents and teachers. Letterhead of Public Schools of Lancaster County.

 

Folder 2 Correspondence

Folder 2, Insert 1 Correspondence

Letter. Maurine [Geist?] to “Daddy.” Discusses events at cottage near unidentified lake. Letterhead of the Leland-Parker Hotel, Minot, North Dakota. Annotations throughout. [early 1900s] Undated.

Folder 2, Insert 2 Correspondence

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses receipt of funds from estate of Harry and Daniel Geist’s mother. Sends greetings from wife, Orpha, and a “Janis.” Letterhead of Harry K. Geist’s business, Vienna Bakery Company, Grand Forks, North Dakota. 19 August 1907.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to “Dad.” Discusses mother’s death and estate. Advises father to establish trustees for grandmother’s estate. Notes enclosure copy of signature, to used in approval of appointment of trustees. [Apparently missing further pages]. 8 August 1907.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to [Unknown.] Discusses procedure for appointing trustees, dealings with investments, and recipient’s new baby. Second of unknown total of pages. [1907].

Letter. Harry K. Geist to unidentified sibling. Discusses previous letters, events in Blue Ball and New Holland, recent purchase of horse and buggy, and health of self and wife. Second of unknown total of pages. [1907].

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses enclosed correspondence with Stanley Milledge. Requests Daniel Geist comment on several points. Discusses events surrounding legal proceedings. 9 March 1943.

Visiting card. Lilly Kate Geist of Blue Ball. Undated.

Postage stamp. 1-cent stamp memorializing Franklin D. Roosevelt. Includes portrait of Roosevelt and image of Hyde Park. Stamp cancelled by post office. [1945].

Folder 2, Insert 3 Correspondence

Letter. Julie C. Bachman to Mrs. Dague. Discusses declining condition of Ettie [Geist]. 26 January 1929.

Letter. H. K. Stoner, assistant assessor, Lancaster, to Adam Geist. Informs of resignation of Henry Shirk, assistant assessor of Division 16, and opportunity for Adam Geist to fill this position. Explains procedure to submit name for appointment. Notes recommendation by James K. Alexander, assessor. Postscript discusses chance for meeting with Alexander. 15 September 1865.

Letter. Virginia L. Pool to Daniel Geist, Jr. Requests Geist send handkerchief to mutual acquaintance, Sa[d]ie Shaub. 28 January 1901.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to unidentified brother. Asks that brother notify several people in Ephrata area of inability to attend unspecified events due to unexpected delays. 27 May 1901.

List of names. Members of Geist family and other individuals. Undated.

Folder 2, Insert 4 Correspondence

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Requests Daniel send birth certificate from Lancaster as soon as possible.17 February 1942.

Envelope. Addressed to Daniel W. Geist. Envelope of Hotel Ed. Patterson, Bismarck, North Dakota. Postmarked, 18 February 1942.

Envelope. Pre-addressed to Harry K. Geist as representative of Albert Pick Co., Grand Forks, North Dakota. Undated.

Folder 2, Insert 5 Correspondence

Envelope. Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Geist. Postmarked 1 October 1903.

Visiting card. John Thomas Werner, Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Undated.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Comments on issues with Blue Ball Bank. Discusses several personal matters, including birth of brother’s baby and own health. 1 January 1939.

Envelope. Unidentified sender in Miami, Florida, to Daniel W. Geist. 2 January 1939.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Notes enclosure of letter from C. R. Weaver regarding several stocks. Discusses fate of the stocks. 4 March 1945.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to C. R. Weaver of New Holland. Discusses several issues regarding Farmers National Bank stocks. 5 March 1945.

Letter. Daniel W. Geist to Harry K. Geist. Requests information regarding action on inheritance. 15 July 1945.

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Requests Harry be more patient. Discusses situation regarding stocks. 18 July 1945.

Envelope. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Envelope of Hotel Gladstone, Jamestown, North Dakota. Postmarked, 19 July 1945.

Folder 2, Insert 6 Correspondence

Letter. Vine [ ___ ], Johnson City, New York, to Maria Hobson, Van Etten, New York. Informs sister of death of a John from bronchial pneumonia. Includes date and location of funeral. 3 March 1931.

Envelope. Addressed to Maria Hobson. Later annotation. Postmarked 3 March 1931.

Letter. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses medical conditions and upcoming hospital visit. 28 March 1938.

Envelope. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Postmarked 29 March 1938.

Letter. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses operations, friends and acquaintances, and recent events. 15 April 1938.

Envelope. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Postmarked 15 April 1938.

Folder 2, Insert 7 Correspondence

Letter. Vine and John [ ___ ], Elmira, New York, to [Jesse Hobson] and unspecified brother, Van Etten, New York. Discusses previous correspondence, weather, other acquaintances, and recent events. 9 February 1926.

Envelope. Vine [ ___ ] to Jesse Hobson. Later annotations. Postmarked 11 February 1926.

Letter. Charles. W. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses medical difficulties of Harriet C. Rush. 3 December 1938.

Envelope. Charles W. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Postmarked 3 December 1938.

Letter. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses other correspondence, health issues, and events involving family, friends, and acquaintances. 21 February 1939.

Envelope. Harriet C. Rush to Daniel W. Geist. 22 February 1939.

Folder 2, Insert 8 Correspondence

Postcard. Clm. Fox, Jr., Gap, Pennsylvania, to Everett D. Geist, Blue Ball. Informs of slow progress but good prospects. Requests Geist sent blank applications. 18 July 1889. Postmarked, 1889.

Entrance card for Daniel W. Geist. Millersville State Normal School, Millersville. includes date of entry and room number, as well as daily schedule for 1892 summer session. 28 March 1892.

Entrance card for Daniel W. Geist. Millersville State Normal School. Includes date of entry and room number, as well as daily schedule for 1894 summer session. 27 March 1894.

Postcard. B. C. Pond, YMCA, Coatesville, to D. W. Geist, Millersville State Normal School. Reponses to previous correspondence. Informs Geist that Pond’s team will not be playing any outside teams in 1897. Postmarked, 8 April and 9 April 1897.

Postcard. John H. Eshleman, Gap, Pennsylvania, to Bertha Geist. Statement for county taxes. 1 September 1905.

Postcard. John M. Groff, Chief marshal, for Lancaster Republican parade, to Daniel W. Geist. Postmarked, 27 October 1908.

Postcard. Laura [ ___ ] to Lillie Dague. Informs Lillie of mother’s death, as well as date and time of funeral. Annotated with list of foods. 23 July 1918.

Postcard. [Herman Overly’s] to Isaac Dague. Invites Isaac and unnamed wife to funeral of William Leannon. 28 January 1922.

Postcard. Milt [ ___ ], San Francisco, to unnamed sister. Discusses recent trip and recent events. 6 August 1926.

Postcard. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses possible error in list of bank officers. Postcard of Albert Pick Co., Inc. 20 February 1946.

Postcard. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses travel plans. 4 June 1947.

Folder 2, Insert 9 Correspondence

Letter. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. Letterhead of the order of United Commercial Travelers of America. Discusses several issues related to the Farmers National Bank. 5 December 1944.

Envelope. Harry K. Geist to Daniel W. Geist. 5 December 1944.

Folder 2, Insert 10 Correspondence

Letter. [Illegible], Washington, D.C., to Daniel W. Geist. Discusses enclosed article for the Lancaster New Era. Requests Geist forward article. 22 January 1924.

Envelope. Addressed to Daniel W. Geist. Postmark, 24 January 1922. Envelope of US House of Representatives.

Letter. Daniel Heisher, Ocean City, New Jersey, to Mr. Geist. Discusses health complications, preventing him from returning to Lancaster. Requests Geist send stamped envelopes. Undated.

 

Folder 3 Account book. E. S. Geist, in account with A. Geist and Son. Transactions between 13 May 1898 and 19 November 1908.

 

Folder 4 Notebooks

Folder 4, Insert 1 Notebook

Notebook. Contains notes for classes in several classes, such as physical geography and American history, taken by Daniel W. Geist at Millersville State Normal School. 17 April 1894.

Folder 4, Insert 2 Notebook

Notebook. Contains notes for classes in several classes, such as psychology and geometry, taken by Daniel W. Geist at Pennsylvania State Normal School. 4 September 1896.

 

Folder 5 Notebook

Notebook. Records expenses incurred by Adam Geist while serving as guardian of Luther R. Duller. Only two transactions recorded. 29 March 1904.

 

Folder 6 Notebook

Notebook. Notes on schools inspected by Daniel W. Geist. 1921-1922.

 

Folder 7 Will, Pay Stubs, Receipts

Folder 7, Insert 1 Will

Copy of will of Agnes Geist, New Holland. Names C. R. Weaver, Earl Township, as executor, and George A. Weaver as succeeding executor. Witnessed by H. S. Shirk and Luke W. Martin. Additional bequest witnessed by C. R. Weaver and Bertha Bard. 21 November 1940 to 5 October 1942.

Folder 7, Insert 2 Pay stubs

Pay stubs for Department of Public Instruction expense account and salary. Sixteen stubs. 1925 to 1927.

Folder 7, Insert 3 Receipts

Receipts for tuition and boarding of Daniel W. Geist at Millersville State Normal School. Stamped by Eliphalet Oram Lyte. Twelve receipts. 27 March 1893 to 29 March 1897.

 

Folder 8 Wills and Related Documents

Envelope. C. R. Weaver to Daniel W. Geist. Annotation regarding account and release of Lily C. Dague and share of Daniel W. Geist. Undated.

Will of Helen Diller Miller, Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Bequeaths property to and names as executor husband, Leon H. B. Miller. Witnessed by Janet F. Ott and Edward B. Bulleit. (copy) 23 January 1940.

Executor’s account of Daniel W. Geist as executor of will of Lilly C. Dague, East Earl Township. Requests credit for payments on estate’s behalf, notes income on various stocks and bonds, and gives statement on accounts. June 1946.

Release of legatees to executor of Lilly C. Dague’s will. Several statements and releases related to adjudication regarding estates of Lily C. and Isaac W. Dague. Total of twenty-seven signatures, including legatees and notaries. 14 July 1947.

Note. Acknowledges receipt of funds from Daniel W. Geist’s share of Lily C. Dague’s estate. Seven names 10 July 1947.

Letters testamentary related to estate of Isaac W. Dague. Includes copy of will naming Lily C. Dague as executrix. 11 September 1941.

 

Folder 9 Tax Notices

Collector’s notices to taxables for East Earl Township. Jacob G. Horst, tax collector. Sent to Bertha Geist. Eleven notices. 1937 to 1951.

Collector’s notices to taxables for East Earl Township. Jacob G. Horst, tax collector. Some annotations and calculations. Sent to Daniel W. Geist. Eighteen notices. 1935 to 1950.

 

Folder 10 Tax Returns

Folder 10, Insert 1 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Taxpayers’ copy of return for 1936.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Duplicate copy of return for 1937.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Duplicate copy of return for 1938.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Duplicate copy of return for 1939.

Folder 10, Insert 2 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. Geist. Copy of return for 1940.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1941.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1942.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1943.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1944.

Folder 10, Insert 3 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1945.

Income tax withholding receipt. Employee’s copy for wages paid by Department of Public Instruction to Daniel W. Geist.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1946.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1946.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1946. 10 March 1947.

Folder 10, Insert 4 Tax Returns

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1947.

Schedule of gains and losses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1946.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1947. 3 March 1948.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1948.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1948. 2 March 1949.

Folder 10, Insert 5 Tax Returns

Schedule of gains and losses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1948.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1949.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1949. 3 March 1950.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1950. 28 February 1951.

Schedule of gains and losses for Daniel W. Geist. Copy of form for 1950. Typewritten second page with handwritten annotations and corrections.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1950.

Folder 10, Insert 6 Tax Returns

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1951.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1951. 19 February 1952.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from dividends and income from interest for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1951.

 

Folder 11 Tax Returns

Folder 11, Insert 1 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1952. 20 February 1953.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from dividends and income from interest for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1952.

Letter. George A. Weaver to Director of Internal Revenue, Income Tax Division, Philadelphia. Notes enclosure of amended 1952 tax return and supporting documents for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. (carbon copy) 19 February 1954.

Amended individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1952.

Attachment to tax return. Details amended income from dividends and income from interest for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Amended schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1952.

Folder 11, Insert 2 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1953. 11 February 1954.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from dividends and income from interest for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of expenses related to several properties for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1953.

Folder 11, Insert 3 Tax Returns

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 27 February 1953.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1954. 16 March 1955.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from interest for Daniel W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of expenses related to several properties for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1954.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1955.

Folder 11, Insert 4 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1955. 11 April 1956.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from interest for Daniel W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of expenses related to several properties for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1955.

 

Folder 12 Tax Returns

Folder 12, Insert 1 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1956. Prepared by George A. Weaver. 11 April 1957.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from interest for Daniel W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of expenses related to several properties for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Deprecation on house of Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist from 1936 to 1956.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1955.

Schedule of gains and losses from sales or exchanges of property for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of form for 1956.

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1957.

Folder 12, Insert 2 Tax Returns

Declaration of estimated income tax. Completed for Daniel W. and Bertha W. Geist. 1958.

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. Geist. Copy of return for 1957. Prepared by George A. Weaver. 4 March 1958.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of income from interest for Daniel W. Geist.

Attachment to tax return. Itemized list of expenses from doctors’ bills for Daniel W. Geist.

Schedule of farm income and expenses for Daniel W. Geist. Copy of form for 1957.

Schedule of gains and losses from sales or exchanges of property for Daniel W. Geist. Copy of form for 1957.

Folder 12, Insert 3 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. Geist and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1958. Attached, itemized lists and supplemental schedules. 9 April 1959.

Folder 12, Insert 4 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. Geist and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1959. Attached, itemized lists and supplemental schedules. 24 February 1960.

Folder 12, Insert 5 Tax Returns

Individual income tax return for Daniel W. Geist and Bertha W. Geist. Copy of return for 1960. Attached, itemized lists and supplemental schedules. 1 March 1961.