JONES, COFFMAN, PAXTON, SPAHN, BROWN
Posted By: Mary F (email)
Date: 2/7/2012 at 14:36:40
Jacob JONES, one of our old citizens who a few days ago passed his 80th milestone, came to the good old state of Iowa in the year 1851, from Tennessee when he and his twin brother, Isaac, were three and one-half years old. He can recall many incidents of the hardships and pleasures of those pioneer days when they lived in a two room log cabin and the mother cooked for the large family by the open fire place. His father entered an 80 acre farm east of theirs for his brother, Thomas, who sent the cash to pay for it at $1.25 per acre. That farm lies northeast of Richland, some three miles, known now as the Peter COFFMAN farm. Jacob obtained a common school education and finally graduated at Penn college and taught several terms before he came to Richland and embarked in the grocery business which has been his occupation for 44 years. He was married to Miss Sue PAXTON in 1888. Four children, who are all married, but Harold, who is a teacher in the Sigourney school, in the commercial department; Herbert is director in the musical department in Independence; Mrs. Florence SPAHN lives in Chicago, and Mrs. Fances BROWN in Fairfield. We have had the pleasure of being an old acquaintance ever since our childhood and we hope to see Jacob dispensing groceries for many years. He is the oldest in years in business and the oldest in number of years in any kind of business in town.
Keokuk County News, March 29, 1928
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