The Geiselman family and Sickman families of German descent migrated from Pennsylvania to Ohio and
then to this area in Indiana
Forrest I. Geiselman the son of Silas and Sarah E. Kitch Geiselman, was born February 9, 1888 in Starke county and died January 15, 1968.
Pearl Rae Sickman daughter of Philip and Amanda Burket Sickman was born April 4, 1890 in Marshall county and died January 27, 1971. Forrest and Pearl Geiselman are both buried in the Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Forrest Geiselman and Pearl Sickman were united in marriage September 9, 1911. They were the parents of five children: Opal May, Wilbur Ralph , Forrest Jr. and Dolye.
I, Wilbur, the second child of Forrest and Pearl Geiselman was born February 18, 1915 at Kewanna and lived in Kewanna and Lake Bruce the next 12 years, attending school at Kewanna thru the sixth grade.
In 1927 the family moved to Culver where my father purchased a grocery store and meat market known as the Corner Market.
In 1927 I entered the Culver School System and graduated in 1933. While in school I participated in Hi-Y, Glee Club, student council and all sports. As a freshman I was a member of the basketball B-team that played the first game in the present Culver Community Junior High gymnasium on dedication night in December 1 929. I was also a member of the undefeated basketball team in the reg ular season in 1930-1931.
While in seventh grade I first met my future wife to by Myra Wagoner, daughter of Noah H. Wagoner and Nettie Lichtenberger Wagnoner. We were friends through high school and were married in 1936.
Our son Larry E. Geiselman, was born October 13, 1936. He graduated from Culver High School in 1954. He then joined the United States army and served two years in the 82nd airborne Division. He attended Indiana University and now lives and works in Fort Wayne.
Our daughter Sue Ann Geiselman Bendy, married to David M. Bendy and l ives in Culver . They have four children: Lori Sue, James D.; Daniel J. and Thomas L. Bendy.
I worked in my father's store until it was closed during "The Great Depression". After many odd jobs I worked at Kingsbury Ordnance Plant during World War II, as timekeeper and in machine accounting. After the end of the war I worked in machine accounting at the Studebaker Corporation for 19 years until the corporation discontinued the manufacturing of automobiles.
After my Studebaker years I was employed by Rockwell International in quality control until my retirement September 1, 1977.
Some of my fondest memories are the summer months at Lake Bruce, traveling to Culver in a Model T, commuting on the train known as the "Doodle Bug" (Vandalia Railroad), and the excellent hunting, fishing and swimming before the advent of the high powered boats.
I was a witness to the bank robbery of the State Exchange Bank of Culver in 1933 and the robbery of the South Bend Bank in 1934 by the Dillinger gang.
I was a spectator at a "Whistle Stop" speech given by Harry W. Truman and also a parade for Dwight D. Eisenhower during their presidential campaigns.
In 1932 I attended the world series in Chicago, Illinois when Babe Ruth of the New York Yankee's supposedly pointed a home run hit off a pitch by Charlie Root of the Cubs.
My wife and I live in Culver on a high hill on the west shore of Lake Maxinkuckee where we are enjoying our retirement. - Wilbur Geiselman. History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg. 178