ELLIOTT M. GEARY, proprietor of the Star Laundry, the best equipped plant of its kind at Steubenville, is one of the city's enterprising and successful businessmen. He was born on a farm in Wisconsin, near Newton, in Vernon County, in 1870, and was twelve years old when he came to Steubenville.
Mr. Geary attended school in this city until he was sixteen years of age and then went to work for R. M. Mahon, a well known resident, with whom he remained for three years. When but nineteen, he embarked first in business for himself, having H. F. Lamberton for a partner. They founded the Star Foundry on a small scale and conducted it for three years as a hand laundry. Mr. Geary was satisfied with the future outlook of the business and bought out his partner and as soon as he acquired the capital, put in his first steam equipment, this being in 1902. He then moved to his present location and has continued to add modren appliances to his former ones until now he has the most complete laundry eqiupments in the country, representing a large expenditure. Not every young man succeeds in his first business venture, but Mr. Geary has shown marked ability and business capacity. He has overcome a great deal of competition and now does probably the largest laundry business in the county. He has twenty-nine names of employes on his pay roll.
From 1908 to 1909, he was president of the Ohio Laundrymen's Association. He is an active citizen and a faithful party worker and for two years has been a member of the city council from the Second Ward.
Mr. Geary was married first in 1892, to Miss Mary Seibert, who died in 1907. She is survived by one son, George Elliott. He was married secondly in May, 1908, to Mrs. I. Edna Cope. Mr. and Mrs. Geary are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. He is a Thirty-second Degree Mason and belongs to Lake Erie Consistory at Cleveland and Aladdin Shrine at Columbus. He belongs also to Steuben Lodge No. 1, Knights of Pythias, of which he is Past Chancelloe, and to the Hepasophs. He is identified with the Y.M.C.A., and with the Steubenville Chamber of Commerce.