JOHN C. GIESLER
History of Idaho, Volume 2, by Hiram T. French, M.S.
The Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago and New York 1914, Page 768-769
To John C. Giesler has come the attainment of a distinguished position in connection with the business world of Payette, Idaho, where he has resided since 1882. His life achievements worthily illustrate what may be attained by persistent and painstaking effort. He is a man of progressive ideas, and exactness and thoroughness characterize all his attainments. He is a member of the well-known Giesler Brothers Mercantile Company in Payette and here is an influential factor in public affairs.
January 5, 1862, in Warsaw, Wisconsin, occurred the birth of John C. Giesler, who is a son of Julius and Mary Louise (Cooper) Giesler. The father was born in Germany and came to America at the age of twenty-three years, settling in Wisconsin in the '40s. He was a merchant by occupation. At the time of the inception of the Civil war he enlisted for service in the Twenty-third Wisconsin Cavalry and he participated in a number of important engagements marking the progress of the war. He was captain of his company and met his death while in active service near Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1865, at the age of forty years. Mrs. Giesler was born at Terre Haute, Indiana, and after her husband's death she removed, with her children, to LaGrange, Kentucky. Later she removed thence to Terre Haute, Indiana, where she died in 1872. Mr. And Mrs. Giesler had three children; Charles W., of Payette; John C., the immediate subject of this review; and Marie, widow of Mr. Karll; she resides in Cleveland, Ohio. After their mother's demise the three above children made their home with their maternal grandfather, Charles Walter Cooper, who lived at Troy, Missouri, where he was a merchant.
John C. Giesler was educated in the Troy public schools and he spent one year (1879-80) in the Central Normal school, at Danville, Indiana, where he pursued a business course. After completing his education he came to Idaho, locating in Payette during the Wood river excitement in 1881. His first work was driving freight teams between Kelton, Utah, and the Wood river country. In 1884 he pre-empted a tract of eighty acres of land in the vicinity of Payette and there engaged in general farming and stock raising for the ensuing four years, at the expiration of which he sold his farm and came to Payette, here engaging in the lumber and coal business. In 1881 he was joined by his brother, Charles, and after selling the above business they established the Giesler Brothers Mercantile Company, a concern that has since grown to extensive proportions and that now commands recognition as one of the best stocked and most up-to-date stores of its kind in Canyon county.
In politics Mr. Giesler is an uncompromising Democrat. In 1890's he was honored by his fellow citizens with election to the office of assessor of Canyon county and he served in that capacity with the utmost efficiency for one term. In 1912 he is a candidate, on the Democratic ticket, for the office of state legislator from Canyon county. He is a member of the Payette Commercial Club and in fraternal circles is affiliated with the local lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Modern Brotherhood of America. He is extremely fond of hunting and fishing and devotes much of his spare time to reading standard literature. He is a man of broad mind and liberal ideas and he is popular amongst all classes of people by reason of his affability and kindly spirit of human helpfulness, never ignoring an opportunity to assist his fellow an who may be less fortunately situated in life than himself.
January 13, 1889, Mr. Giesler married Miss Ella McKern, an adopted daughter of Charles and Cordelia Guild, of Portland, Oregon. Mr. And Mrs. Giesler are the parents of eight children, concerning whom the following brief data are here incorporated; Cordelia is the wife of Carry Tussing, of Fruitland, Idaho; Mary lives at the parental home; Edna is a successful and popular teacher in the northern part of the state; and Ethel, Cecil, John C., Jr., Margaret and Anna are all at home. The Giesler family are most comfortably ensconced in a beautiful residence at No. 510 North Sixth street. In addition to the home in Payette Mr. Giesler is the owner of twenty acres of fruit land three miles south of Payette. In religious matters Mr. And Mrs. Giesler are devout members of the Baptist church, in whose good works they are active factors.