John W. Geibel

by Edmund Starling, 1886


John W. Geibel was born in the Town of Henderson on the sixteenth day of June, 1853. He was educated from the private schools of the town, and at the age of fifteen, August, 1868, entered the drug store of W. S. Johnson & Bro. as a clerk. Here he remained, applying himself with an assiduity and intelligence that soon won for him the unqualified confidence of his employers, until the winter of 1874 and '75, when he went to Philadelphia and entered Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He remained in this college during the term of 1875, and then returned to Henderson. A short time after his return home, he accepted a position in the drug house of Hon. T. C. Bridwell, at Evansville, Ind. A few months thereafter he went to St. Louis, and formed a co-partnership with Dr. King, of Madisonville, Ky., and opened a drug store. For reasons best known to himself, one month after the organization of the firm, he sold out his interest to his partner, and accepted a clerkship in the drug house of Ed. N. Harris, St. Louis, where he remained seven months. At the end of that time he returned to Henderson, and a few weeks aftewards accepted a position with Dr. Kinkead, at Paducah, Kentucky. He remained with Dr. Kinkead just one month and a half, and then returned again to his home in Henderson. A short time after this return, he re-entered the employ of W. S. Johnson & Bro., where he remained up to June, 1884, when a co-partnership was formed between himself and Charles F. Kleiderer, an experienced druggist, under the firm name of Kleiderer & Geibel. This firm immediately opened the elegant "Post Office" Drug Store, on Second Street, in Odd Fellow's building. These young men were complimented by a large patronage from the first day their doors were opened to the public, but so steadily, and surely did it increase, that in August, 1886, in order to amplify the influence and patronage of the firm, a lot was purchased on the corner of Green and Center Streets, opposite the public school, and a very handsome two-story brick store house erected thereon. This new house is, perhaps, the handsomest in its interior finish to be found in Henderson. The subject of this sketch has charge of the new store while his partner holds the reins over the parent stem, or Second Street store. Mr. Geibel is the owner of several nice tenement houses in addition to his drug store property, and is continually adding to his already well earned little fortune. His life is a living example of what can be accomplished by regular habits, prudent living, assiduous work and thoughtful judgment. he is on the high road to prosperity undisputed, and none deserves it more than he. It is not luck with him, but the outcome of good, sound, native and acquired sense.

The History of Henderson County, Kentucky by Starling 1887 page 693-94;

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