Thundering Down Through the Corridors of Time – How Geneva Illinois Got Its Name

Click here to read about Charles Volney Dyer, M.D.

What is in a name? In the case of Geneva, Illinois, the question is more complicated than it seems.

Charles Volney Dyer, M.D., ca 1868. Photo by John Carbutt of Chicago. Dr. Dyer was no armchair abolitionist, as the scars below his left eye and lower lip attest. Eye gouging was a brawling technique in the mid-19th century. Note the glass right eye. For more about the source of this photo, see below.

1868—Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago (

Description from an old catalog issued by famed Chicago Bookseller Thomas J. Joyce

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