Obituary & Historical Sketch Of James F. JACOBS
James F. JACOBS, son of Isaac & Abigil JACOBS, was born in Clay Co., IL, 02Apr1849, departed this life a the home of his son in Flora at the ripe old age of 76 years, 10 months & 19 days. 15Aug1876, he was united in marriage to Rebecca C. FISHER. To this union 2 sons were born. Charles, dying in infancy, & Elvas C. JACOBS who survives. There are 3 grandchildren the Misses Vesta, Opal & Mary Dell JACOBS. Mr. JACOBS' wife passed away in 21Dec at his son's home.
The following sisters survive: Mrs. Ellen BRAMBLE of Loami, IL; Mrs. Addie KENDALL of Springfield, IL; Mrs. Catherine DAVID of Vincennes, IN; Mrs. Lyda BARBEE of Indianapolis, IN; Mrs. Jane DUNNIGAN & Miss Lina JACOBS of Flora.
In the early years of their married life Mr. JACOBS & wife united with the Oak Mound church in Songer Twp., continuing in that relation until death summoned them to their Heavenly Home. The deceased was a prominent farmer until advancing years caused his retirement from active life. For many years they lived on their comfortable farm home in the Golden neighborhood in the highest esteem of a wide circle of friends. About 3 years ago he came to make his home with his son in Flora. In this home he was showered with love & kindnesss, given every attention by a devoted son & family, ministered to by hands that never tired. Nothing was left undone for his comfort. Thus the evening of his life was passed surrounded by those mose dear to him.
Some months ago his health became feeble altho he was able to walk around the neighborhood & greatly enjoyed meeting his neighbors & friends. He was a great friend of children & they, with many others, will miss his familiar figure. Wednesday morning he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he did not rally & never regained consciousness. Thursday afternoon at 3:20 the spirit was released from the weary body & his eyes closed on earthly scenes to open on Celestial Shores on a new & better life & to "Peace that passeth all understanding". So the life of another fine old pioneer has come to a close. And in the fullness of years & wisdom he has gone to his Heavenly Home. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 11 o'clock Saturday by Rev. C. L. DOTY of the Christian church in the presence of a large gathering of relatives & friends who came to pay their last respects to a true friend & neighbor. A quartet composed of Mrs. G. W. CAMPBELL, Mrs. J. F. RICH, M. W. ARTERBURN, Charles MANN rendered musical selections. The floral offerings were numerous & most beautiful. Interment took place on the family lot at Elmwood cemetery. Card Of Thanks We desire to express our thanks & appreciation for the beautiful floral pieces & for the many deeds of kindness from our friends on the occasion of the illness & death of our beloved father & grandfather. Mr. & Mrs. E. C. JACOBS & Daughters
Contributed 3 Apr 2001 by Sue Bergandine