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1883 History of
Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa


E. W. JACOBS, a prominent citizen of Owen township, was born in Springfield, Ohio, Aug. 11, 1840. When he was four years of age his parents removed to Columbus, where he lived until he was fifteen, when they moved to Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., Ill., where his parents are still living. In 1858 he went to California, prospecting, exploring the Pacific coast from Lower California to the British possessions. After an absence of eight years, he returned to Mt. Carroll, staying until 1870, when he came to Cerro Gordo county and engaged in burning lime at Mason City, putting up the first patent lime kiln in that city. He continued in the business about three years, when he came to his present home on section 5, where he is extensively engaged in dairy farming, also in raising cattle, sheep and hogs. In 1881 he erected one of the largest barns in the county, having a stone basement and all conveniences.

He was married in 1866 to Mary SHELDON, of Illinois, who died in 1870, leaving one daughter - Lulu.

He married, a second time, Maria L. BRADLEY, Nov. 26, 1871, by whom he has four children - Ray G., Mabel C., Guy G. and Ethel Gertrude.

Mr. JACOBS has been active and prominent in town affairs, is the present assessor and justice of the peace, and is a worthy citizen.

SOURCE: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa. p. 914. Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL. 1883.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011



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