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Perhaps no occupation presents more difficulties to the amateur or imposes greater responsibilities upon the expert than that of pharmacy. The fact that, during a very long and close identification with the drug business, Mr. Geary has met with exceptional success in the work proves his natural qualifications of accuracy, intelligence and trustworthiness. When he left school, scarcely more than a boy, it was for the purpose of studying the drug business, and as the years passed he displayed an increasing knowledge of the occupation. From that he rose by thrift and energy into a financial association with an old-established drug establishment, and eventually he acquired a large interest in a western house. When it is remembered that he began without means or influence and rose from a humble station into prominence and business success, it will be realized that he possesses abilities of a high order, and such indeed is his reputation throughout the country tributary to the city of Sacramento.

It was during 1881 that Mr. Geary first became a resident of Sacramento, where later he achieved business success of a high order. For a long period prior to his removal to the west he had been identified with Canada and the eastern states, but his residence in our own state has covered so many years that he is now a typical Californian, loyal to the progress of the commonwealth, interested in any movement for the general welfare and a contributor to projects of permanent value to the people. Of Canadian birth, he was born in London, Canada, in March of 1837, and received his education in the schools of that city, but at the age of fifteen left school in order to learn the drug business. When nineteen years old he went to Philadelphia, Pa., and secured employment with a large drug firm. As a traveling salesman for that house he visited the principal cities of the east and gained a comprehensive knowledge of all that section of country. The west, however, proved so much more alluring to him than the older-settled east that in 1862 he became a resident of San Francisco, where he made his home for al- most twenty years, meanwhile being connected with a wholesale drug firm. Upon coming to Sacramento and assuming the management of the wholesale drug house of H. C. Kirk & Co., he became a partner in the business, the title of which was thereupon changed to Kirk, Geary & Company. Since then he has built up one of the most important drug houses of its kind in the state, and he has established a wholesale trade whose customers comprise retail dealers throughout California, Nevada and Southern Oregon. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011