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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Ira G. Jacobs.

Ira G. Jacobs is one of the successful farmers of Richland township and is well known and highly esteemed in his locality.  A native of Illinois, he was born in Logan county, January 23, 1879, a son of Wayne J. and Nancy R. (Gassett) Jacobs, natives respectively of Ohio and Indiana.  However, their marriage was celebrated in Illinois and they resided in that state until 1883, when they came with their family to Adair county, Iowa, locating in Jackson township.  The following year, however, they removed to Fontanelle where the father engaged in draying and teaming.  He passed away there on the 23d of May, 1914.  The mother is still living in that town.

Ira G. Jacobs was educated in the Fontanelle schools and in 1897, when eighteen years of age, he began farming for himself, renting land in Summerset.  The first year he cultivated eighty acres in partnership with his two brothers and during the three following years they farmed one hundred and sixty acres.  In the meantime they had turned their attention chiefly to the stock business and as their herds needed more land they rented four hundred and eighty acres and there continued in stock-raising.  In 1907 they purchased a farm of two hundred acres, upon which our subject is still living.  The three brothers operated the place in partnership for a year but at the end of that time our subject was married and purchased the interests of his brothers, becoming sole proprietor of the place.  It is one of the excellent stock farms in the county and he derives a handsome income from his stock-raising interests.  He owns stock in the Fontanelle Lumber Company and is recognized as one of the substantial men of the county.

On the 27th of March, 1908, occurred the marriage of Mr. Jacobs and Miss Laura A. Torrence, a daughter of B. S. Torrence,of Tabor, Fremont county, this state.  To this union have been born three children, Margaret Alice, Kenneth Harold and Mildred Fay.

Mr. Jacobs supports the candidates of the republican party at the polls.  Fraternally he is connected with the Woodman of the World, and both he and his wife hold membership in the Congregational church at Fontanelle.  In all the relations of life he has measured up to high standards of manhood and all who know him speak highly of him.



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