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GEIL, SAMAUEL FRANKLIN (1841-1908 ) Calv.Cath. Cem.
(History of the State of California and Biographical Record Prof. J.M. Guinn, A.M. ©1903, page 551)
Samuel Franklin Geil Corporative and criminal law in California has no interpreter more lucid than Samuel Franklin GEIL, of Salinas, who for nearly thirty years has been identified with the professional growth of the Pacific coast. A splendid type of the strong and gifted in human endeavor, with a mind attuned to justice and broadened by association with all sorts and conditions of men, he has been a magnet around which have centered many of the most thrilling legal battles in the arena of the state.
A remarkable showing is the fact that out of nearly forty cases up for murder, six have resulted in conviction, and of the people charged with felonies of less gravity, he has secured the releas of many more than one hundred and fifty. The cases of AZBELL, PREWITT and HAWES were widely read all over the country.
Of German descent, Mr. GEIL represents a family which located in Pennsylvania nearly two centuries ago. He was born in New Britain, Bucks county, Pa., September 28, 1841, and received a common school and academic education. In fulfillment of an ambitious plan cherished from childhood, in 1859 he went to Cleveland, Ohio, and entered the law office of HERRICK & BARLOW, combining his studies there with the usual course at the Ohio State and Law College, from which he graduated May 26, 1862, his admittance to the bar occurring in September 26 of the same year. With the culmination of hostilities between the north and south in 1861, he served for a short time in the Second Ohio Cavalry, but on the 11th of December of the same year his resignation was accepted by General BUELL and he received an honorable discharge. In search of a desirable field of relocation, Mr. GEIL selected the west, and arrived in San Francisco via Nicaragua in December of 1862. From that city he proceeded to Monterey, where early in 1863 he opened a law office.
In the fall of the same year he was nominated on the Democratic ticket for district attorney, and was elected by a large majority in a strongly Republican locality. During his service in this capacity he laid the foundation of one of the largest practices ever established in the interior of California, and handled with credit cases which attracted by their importance the attention of the surrounding country.
In the meantime the county seat had been removed to Salinas and hither he came in 1873, opening a law office. The same year he was appointed to fill the office of district attorney, made vacant by the death of the former incumbent. During this unexpired term he prosecuted and secured the conviction of the desperate Miguel MORENO, of the VASQUEZ band of robbers and murderers. At the expiration of his term he formed a partnership of short duration with Hon. P.K. WOODSIDE, ex-clerk of the supreme court of California, and between 1875 and 1880 engaged in an independent practice.
Following this he was for nine years a partner of Hon. H.V. MOREHOUSE, a promising lawyer, who has since gained a reputation throughout the state as an orator. Since 1890 he has practiced alone and his prestige has increased with the passing years, while his work has proved an inspiration to many an aspirant for legal honors.
For the past twenty years he has been attorney for the Southern Paciic Railroad Company and for five years has been attorney for the Spreckels Sugar Company. At this writing the greater part of his time is given up to corporation practice.
An analysis of the cause of Mr. GEIL's success would be superfluous, for no two cases are in any way parallel, save in the matter of brain force and in the ability to grasp the opportunities by which one is surrounded. The supreme gift is neither talent nor genius, but lies along the path trod by Mr. GEIL and consists in being able to use to the best of one's ability the gifts with which one is endowed.
At Monterey in 1866, while serving his first term as district attorney, Mr. GEIl married Josefa SANCHEZ, representative of the CASTRO family, so prominently identified with the early history of California. During the many years of his association with the Masonic Order Mr. GEIL has served three years as high priest of Salians Chapter No. 59, R.A.M., and is also a Knight Templar and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. In addition he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
(Tell Me More Ancestor Stories, Grandma!Diana J. Dennett © 1997)
Maria Antonia Castro and Raphael Sanchez y Galvan [Parents of Josefa SANCHEZ de GEIL] One of Simeon CASTROÕs daughter, Maria Antonia CASTRO de SANCHEZ, helped to keep her sister Juana enlightened legally and politically. She was the wife of Raphael SANCHEZ y GALVAN, a native of Cadiz, Spain. Although one of CaliforniaÕs first attorneys, Raphael did not practice law.. Maria Antonia and Raphael met at a ball held at the Custom House in Monterey.
Raphael was Secretary to Governor Micheltorena and accompanied the Governor to California from Mexico. He was granted the 12,000 acre San Lorenzo Rancho near King City, although he made his home in Monterey.
Died April 19,1908 buried in Cavalry Catholic cemetery in Salinas
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|Researched and Compiled by :
Timothy P. Reese, PCC of Salinas , CA. & Robert L. Nelson ,PCC. of
Santa Cruz.CA. Both members of the “Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War”. Department of California & Pacific. Camp Abraham
Lincoln # 10. The Reese-Nelson CWV-MC Data Base