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JASPERS, Jacob B. 1843-1907


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Date: 8/17/2010 at 00:04:19


Jacob B. Jaspers Sr. was born in Loquard, Ostfriesland, Germany, March 30, 1843, and died at his home in Wellsburg, Iowa, January 29, 1907 at the age of 63 years, 9 months, and 1 day. Coming to this country in the fall of 1866, he stopped for a few months with relatives. Coming to Iowa he settled over the line in Hardin county, where he remained a few years. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Hagen, soon after coming to Grundy county, settling in Colfax township where he resided until about three ago when he retired from farming and removed with his family to Wellsburg, residing here until the time of his death. He had been a faithful member and untiring worker in the Reformed Church since its organization in the summer of 1897. As a neighbor he was kind of heart and generous and never refused to help a friend or neighbor in need. His attentions to his family was ever marked by a desire to make them happy --unreadable--.

He leaves to survive him a wife --unreadable-- sons and five --unreadable--, Peterka and Tran --unreadable-- still at home, Sam and Mrs. Will Knock, Mrs. Henry Primus and Mrs. D. J. Peters, of this vicinity, and Mrs. Doud Smit, of Titonka. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Thilken, will be held at the German Reformed Church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Wellsburg cemetery.

--Wellsburg Herald (Wellsburg, Iowa), 31 January 1907, pg 5


Jacob Jaspers Drops Dead.

Died Suddenly at His Home In Wellsburg Tuesday Evening.

Grundy Center, Feb. 1--Jacob Jaspers, an old settler in Shiloh township in this county, dropped dead suddenly at his home in Wellsburg about 6:30 Tuesday evening.

He had been up town during the evening and came home apparently in good health when he suddenly fell over and expired.

The funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 o'clock at the Reformed church at Wellsburg.

Mr. Jaspers had been a resident of this county since the early '50s. He was in the neighborhood of 60 years of age.

--Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 1 February 1907


Jacob Jaspers was born in Lockhart, Germany sixty-three years and 9 months ago and died in Wellsburg Tuesday January 29th. He made his home in Germany until he was fourteen. At that age he took up the life of a sailor and remained at that for fourteen years. He had many interesting experiences during this period of his life which remained fresh in his mind up to the time of his death.

At the age of twenty-three Mr. Jaspers came west and for a short time made his home in Illinois from there he came to Grundy county and he resided here ever since. He was married here and lived on his farm in Shiloh township up to three years ago when he moved to town.

Mr. Jaspers is survived by a wife and eight children. His children are Mrs. Will Knock, Sam Jaspers, Mrs. H. Primus, Mrs. D. J. Peters, Mrs. D. W. Smith, Miss Peterka and Trantje Jaspers. All but Mrs. Smith live in this county.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Theilken were held at the Wellsburg church Saturday and they were largely attended.

Out of town visitors aside from the relatives C. A. Schafer of Grundy Center, C. Dirks of Holland, Ben Meyer of Titonka, Mrs. H. Thomas and son Jake of Kesley and Geo. Bailey of Holland.

Mr. Jaspers was always a public spirited citizen and he and his class of pioneers did much to make this county what it is.

--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 February 1907, pg 7


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