Signature of Architect Eugene F. Gier.
(Eugene F. Gier)
It appears that Gier spent the early part of his life in Conrad, Iowa, which was a smaller town in southwest Grundy County.1 His design for the Grundy Center Library dates from February 1912. In the 1918 Annals of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, Gier is listed as one of the seven men from Conrad, Roman Lodge No. 564, who were serving in World War I.2
1 Gier is not included in Wesley Shank’s Iowa’s Historic Architects: A Biographical Dictionary. (Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1999).
2 Freemasons, Grand Lodge of Iowa. Annals of the Grand Lodge of Iowa. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa. v.26, 1918, Appendix D), p.63. There was no listing of the men serving in the 1916 or 1917 annals.
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