William Logan Geary
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The Oregonian Portland, Oregon Dec. 7, 1907 Page 9 Columns 3 and 4 MAJ. W.L. GEARY IS DEAD
First White Child in San Francisco, Veteran of Two Wars
San Francisco, Dec. 6- Major William L, Geary, U.S.A., died early today in the Army General Hospital at the Presidio, where he had been ill with Bright’s disease of the kidneys.
Major William Logan Geary was born in San Francisco on April 18, 1849, and was the first child born of American parents in that city. His father, who was an officer in the Mexican War, was appointed by President Taylor Alcalde of San Francisco, being the last to hold that position under the Spanish regime. He was also the first Mayor of San Francisco.
Major Geary entered the Army during the Civil War as a drummer boy. After the war he was appointed to a cadet at West Point by President Johnson. He graduated in the class of 1874. While at the academy he had as classmate and room-mate Colonel C.E.S. Wood, of Portland.
After 15 years in the Army, Major Geary resigned and went to reside in Sonoma County, California. Later he removed to Ontario, in Eastern Oregon, where he opened a general merchandise store.
Afterwards he entered the office of Captain (now Colonel) Symonds, of the Engineer Corps, stationed at Portland, where he held the position of chief clerk. He retained this position until the outbreak of the Spanish War, when he joined the volunteer army as Captain. Upon the reorganization of the Army after the close of the war, Major Geary was transferred to the regular service and promoted to the rank of Major.
He is survived by his widow and five sons, Dr. H. Logan Geary, of Seattle; Edward H. Geary, of Oakland, Cal.; John W. and Ernest Geary, of San Francisco; Lieutenant William D. Geary, U.S.A., stationed at the Presidio, and daughter, Margaret L. Geary, Dr. E.P. Geary, of this city, is a cousin of Major Geary.