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E.W.H. Jacobs
Mendon Twp.

E. W. H. Jacobs, architect, McGregor, was born in Huntingdon Co., Pa., Aug. 21, 1829, a son of Alexander and Dorcas (Vandevander) Jacobs, his father of English and Scotch descent and a native of Pennsylvania, his mother of German descent. They were married in Pennsylvania in 1816, and were the parents of eleven children--seven sons and four daughters. Mr. Jacobs was by occupation a carpenter and joiner in early life, but subsequently followed farming. In politics he was an old-line Whig, and was active in his party's interest. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs died in Pennsylvania. The subject of this memoir was reared on a farm, and received a common-school education. When sixteen years of age he learned the trade of a carpenter, and at nineteen years commenced reading medicine with Dr. Rodrigue, of Blair Co., Pa. Leaving this, he prosecuted his trade and studied architecture, which business he has followed since. In November, 1850, he left Pennsylvania and went to Muscatine, Ia., where he was employed by the Government at Fort Dodge for a short time, when the Government failed to vote an appropriation and the work was discontinued. He returned to Muscatine, remained a short time, and having friends in Clayton he came here, and being well pleased with the country he has remained here since. He spent one year in Garnavillo, then went to Clayton, where he purchased property and built a residence. In 1853 he married Emeline Cook. In 1862 removed to McGregor, where he has resided since. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs are the parents of six children-- Stella May, wife of F. M. Hazlett, editor of the New Hampdon Tribune; Blanche, wife of Robert Quigley, attorney at law, of McGregor; Adeline, a teacher in Lansing High School; Edward H., printer; Frank B., dry-goods clerk, and Evlyn. Mr. Jacobs in politics is a Republican, and has held several local offices of trust. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 988-989


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