You might remember that I have shared the brief history of George Joseph Geiszler and Evaline Townley Peak. This is another installment of that story.
He should be buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Georgesville. He was not buried beside his wife Maggie in the Green Lawn Cemetery. Maggie was buried on her sister Annie Hoppe Ross’ lot. Henry is supposed to have been buried on his mother and step-father’s lot (Michael and Caroline Billman). There is no grave marker and the cemetery records were destroyed in a fire. Henry’s father Joseph had died in 1863 and was buried in the poorly cared for Catholic Cemetery of Columbus which no longer exists. In 1931, George’s father Henry died. After ten years without his wife Maggie, his drinking problem got the best of him. Henry was struck by a trolley car on 24 Mar 1931 in Downtown Columbus. He was intoxicated at the time. Three days later, he died under the care of a physician at University Hospital.
|William Joseph Geiszler
buried at East Lawn Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial # 93026471
To add to George’s grief, his estranged brother William died on 10 Nov 1935. However, since the brothers were so estranged, one would have to wonder the degree of grief he felt.
With all of these tragedies and an alcoholic for a father, the memory of George’s daughter Margie isn’t surprising. Margie remembers her father’s payday was on Friday. After work, George would take his money and head to a bar. After having a few too many drinks, he would walk home. As he walked home, he would toss coins on the ground. The coins were the money needed to run the family. His wife Evaline knew this and would follow along after George and pick up the coins. As was a teenager in the 1930s, Margie may have seen him engaging in this habit. Unfortunately, Margie has passed away and more particulars about this story have died with her.
It’s possible that George could have let alcohol ruin his life the way it ruined his father’s but, this seems to not be the case. George must have conquered the alcoholism beast at some point. George’s daughter Margie remembers her father drinking, but his granddaughter Nancy Wasson does not. Nancy was 20 when her Grandpa died. Her Grandpa George had always lived with Nancy so her memory would be very good.
Nancy remembers her grandpa being a very fun loving guy always willing to do silly things and playing games every Thursday night with family over. It’s nice to know that he conquered the bad habit. Sure he still had pipe tobacco, but mastering alcoholism is such a blessing.
I had never heard of the game Aggravation until I married my husband. It seems to be a Lee Family tradition. Thought my father forgot to carry on this Geiszler tradition, I’m glad the Lee’s have taught me this game and I’m now teaching it to my children. It connects them to their Lee and Geiszler lines.