The article reads as follows: “FOND DU LAC,
, Aug. 30, 1923 – Wis.
Jacob Jacobs, 48, of Lincoln, Neb., a beet field worker, and his two sons, John, 4, and Jacob, Jr., 14, were drowned in Stockbridge Harbor, on Lake Winnebago, when the smallest boy caught a fish and capsized the boat. All the bodies were recovered. Jacobs and his two sons had been out on the lake less than ten minutes when the tragedy occurred. There is some question as to whether the boat was capsized when the youngest child caught a fish too big for him to land or whether the craft was overturned while the elder boy was attempting to lower a stone, attached to a rope, as an anchor. When the body of the father was recovered, his arms were clasped about the corpse of his youngest son. The body of the other boy was located within a few feet of where the other two were found.
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Jacobs and his family, consisting of a wife and eight children, had been living in a cabin in Stockbridge since last April. The youngest surviving child is a nine months old baby boy and the oldest is an eleven year old girl. The bodies will be sent back to
tomorrow for burial and will be accompanied by the widow and children. Lincoln
Fire Chief Dolt of this city, who was fishing about a quarter of a mile from the scene of the drowning says that when he heard the cries of Jacobs and the boys, he started to their aid, but they sank when he got about 300 feet from them. He aided in the recovery of the bodies.
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The Jacobs family lived at 413 South First Street. Mrs. John Reinhardt, 101 N street, Mrs. H.J. Small, 107 H street, and Mrs. John Sinner are sisters of Mrs. Jacobs. No word of the tragedy had been received by them up to noon Thursday. Besides the widow, Christine, six other children survive, there being eight children in all, Mrs. Reinhardt said. The youngest child is but eleven months old. The family left
Lincoln with the second group of workers for the Wisconsin beet fields, about May 15, and had closed their home. Relatives said the family planned to return home early in November after the close of the season in . A number of other Wisconsin families are working in the same vicinity. The Jacobs had heretofore gone to the beet fields in western Lincoln Nebraska, this being their first trip to . Jacobs’ had been employed by the Burlington, and just prior to leaving for Wisconsin, had been working for the Whitebreast Coal Company, she said. Mr. Jacobs was born in Schachelling, in the Volga district, and came to this country in 1909. He had lived in Wisconsin practically all of the time since coming to this country.” Lincoln
NOTE: Christine was pregnant at the time and subsequently gave birth to a boy, whom she named John Jacob.