Saturday, May 12, 2012


The article reads as follows: “FOND DU LAC, Wis., Aug. 30, 1923 –
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.

Bring Bodies To Lincoln
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 Lincoln tomorrow for burial and will be accompanied by the widow and children.
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.

Leaves Large Family
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 Wisconsin.  A number of other Lincoln families are working in the same vicinity.  The Jacobs had heretofore gone to the beet fields in western Nebraska, this being their first trip to Wisconsin.  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 Lincoln practically all of the time since coming to this country.”

NOTE:  Christine was pregnant at the time and subsequently gave birth to a boy, whom she named John Jacob.

Friday, May 11, 2012


JACOB JACOBS was the son of Jacob and Anna Marie (BAUM) JACOBS and born 8 May 1886 in Schracelling, Volga, Russia; d. 29 August 1923 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin; m. 1907 (Probably in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska) to Christina SINNER daughter of Jacob and Anna Catherina Maria (WEITZEL) SINNER; b. 1892 in Russia; d. 27 February 1971 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska.  Jacob and Christina had the following 9 children:

1.  Jacob, Jr. was born 26 September 1908; d. 29 August 1923 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

2.  Elizabeth A. “Betty” was born 2 February 1910 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. 12 July 1952 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; m. Omaha, Nebraska to William Bruce MILLER.  No known children

3.  Conrad “Con” was born 29 November 1911 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. 26 June 1993 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; m. Mary DEFRUITER.  Conrad and Mary had 2 children.

4.  Martin J. was born 26 December 1913 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. July 1984 in Hastings, Adams, Nebraska; m. Mollie SCHMIDT and had 2 children.

5.  Marie “Mary” was born 8 May 1916 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. 22 April 1987 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; m. 15 May 1941 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska to Victor HERGENRADER and had 2 children.

6.  John Jacob was born 18 November 1918 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. 29 August 1923 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

7.  Esther J. was born 19 November 1920 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. 30 March 2004 in Omaha, Nebraska; m. Doyle PHILLIPS and had no children.  

8.  Herman was born 13 October 1922 in Chimney Rock, Nebraska; d. 20 April 1991 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; m. Matilda “Tillie” SCHNEIDER and had 3 children.

9.  Jacob “Jack/Jake” was born 27 April 1924 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; d. July 1990 in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; m. Darlene WORSTER and had 3 children.