BIOGRAPHIES OF EMMONS COUNTY
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PATRICK M. GAHAN

Patrick was born in New York (possibly Ireland) in May 1842; some records have him born about 1839. He served in Company B, 14th Michigan Volunteer Infantry enlisting on 9 September 1861 at Grand Rapids, Michigan as a 1st Sergeant and mustering out in July 1865. In January 1862 he was commissioned as an officer ond on 7 January 1862 was medically discharged. In 1890 he was living in Emmonsburg and in 1900 at Winchester. His 1901 homestead was located in Township 132 Range 78. Patrick died on 11 January 1911 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.
JAMES BENNETT GAYTON

See Biography in Sioux County Listing

SHERMAN GEIGLE

Sherman Geigle Family

Sherman Geigle was born Nov. 13, 1943, at Pollock to Emanuel and Orvilla (Freeman) Geigle. Sherman attended school in Pollock and graduated from Pollock High School in 1962.
Sherman married Carolyn Genevieve Koetter on April 12, 1969, at St. Philomena Church in Glenburn, N.D. Carolyn was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Koetter of Lansford, N.D., on June 5, 1946.
Sherman and Carolyn Geigle lived at Marysville, Wash., for awhile before moving to Everett, Wash., where they now reside. They were both employed at Boeing Air Craft for many years. Carolyn is still employed there, and Sherman is a truck driver for a ready mix construction company.
They are the parents of two daughters, Leslie Lynn, born June 13, 1970, and Misty Dawn, born June 28, 1975.

Note: This was provided by Emmons County Historical Society from an unknown publication and an unknown author. Transcribed by Mike Peterson.


THEODORE GEIGLE

Ted Geigle Family

Ted Geigle was born Oct. 28, 1904, on a farm southeast of Mound City to Adam and Ottelia (Obenauer) Geigle. When he was about 15 years old the family moved to a farm northwest of Pollock. At age 17 he began working for various farmers until 1950 when he started working for the county of Campbell County as a common laborer. After working for the county for 10 years, he and his family moved to Sturgis, S.D. in 1960. He worked for the J.U. Dickson Sawmills until the winter of 1974 when he was forced to retire because of health problems.
Addipearl (Freeman) Geigle was born on a farm at Dale, N.D>. about 10 miles northwest of Pollock on Jan. 23, 1914, to Fred and Pearl (Green) Freeman. She attended rural school for about two years when her folks, upon advice of doctors, said they had to leave the farm because of her mother's failing health. They then moved to Pollock where she attended school and graduated from Pollock High School in 1933.
Before and after her marriage she worked at various homes doing general housework and babysitting. She also worked for Whalen's Cafe, at the drug store for Charlie DeBoer and taught rural school because of a teacher shortage during World War II. They lived on a farm for a time after the war, and in 1949 they moved back into town. Shortly after that she began going to college and started teaching again. While attending college at Spearfish she worked part time at the college library, as well as being a waitress-cashier at a cafe in Sturgis.
In August 1986 she was recognized as one of the 2,400 rural one-room school teachers who were honored at the State Fair in Huron that year. She has been active in church and Sunday School both in Pollock and Sturgis. She belongs to several organizations in Sturgis.
Ted and Addiepearl were married Nov. 7, 1931, at the Baptist Manse in Herreid by Rev. Albert Alf.
Two girls were born to this union:
Alva June was born Jan. 2, 1938. She married Grover Payne, and they had five children, three boys and two girls.
Clarice Ione was born Jan. 30, 1942. She married George Stout, and they have no children.
Ted and Addiepearl celebrated their Golden Anniversary on Nov. 7, 1981, and Ted passed away Aug. 1, 1985. He was laid to rest in the Sturgis Cemetery.
They have five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
They raised two boys, children of Orval and Dorothy Freeman, due to the mother's death when Freddy was six days old and Gary was 18 months old.

Note: This was provided by Emmons County Historical Society from an unknown publication and an unknown author. Transcribed by Mike Peterson.