Spring Valley Sun, February 24, 1943
Jacob Jacobson was born to Lars Jacobson and Marie Folden Dec. 30, 1855, in Lille Elvedalen, Norway. In 1867 he came with his parents, brothers and sisters to America, settling in the town of Spring Lake. In 1871 he was confirmed by Rev. O. J. Hogstad at the Rush River Lutheran Church.
June 17, 1881, he married Kari Larson, also of Spring Lake. After their marriage, the young couple continued to live on the old farm where the family first settled. Nine children were born to them - four sons and five daughters - eight of whom survive: Marie (Mrs. Joe Johnson) of Elmwood; Laura (Mrs. Alvin Reed) of Los Angeles, CA; Charlie of Spring Lake, Ida at home; Julia (Mrs. George Wild) of Rock Elm; Arthur and Henry of Spring Lake; and Viola (Mrs. Herbert Schofield) of Cameron. Louis, the oldest of the children died in 1920.
In 1927 Mr. Jacobson retired from the farm to take a well earned rest, not only from his farm, which under his management became one of the model farms of the community, but also from his other duties in the town of Spring Lake, where he served as treasurer for 27 years and besides held other positions of trust, such as membership of the board of directors of the State Bank of Elmwood for 15 years and a similar position in the Elmwood Co-operative Creamery for many years. In addition to these duties, he found time to serve the Spring Lake congregation as its faithful and efficient secretary for 47 years.
Most of that time he also served as treasurer of the congregation, an office which he continued to hold for three years after resigning as secretary.
Mr. Jacobson was in good health until five years ago, when a serious heart ailment developed at Luther hospital, where he was taken for a minor operation, in 1938. Since that time he has been in declining health. He was however, up and about practically every day until his last illness, which began with a slight stroke suffered on Jan. 14, followed by another stroke Feb 9; death came to him Feb. 15, at the advanced age of 87 years, 1 month and 16 days.
Besides his wife and children he is survived by two sisters - Mrs. John Ryan of Glenwood City and Mrs. Peter Folden of Spring Lake; he also leaves a younger brother, Jerry of Spring Lake and 10 grandchildren, besides a host of more distant relatives.
The funeral was held from the home and the Spring Lake Lutheran Church Feb. 18, with Rev. Berven officiating. Burial was made in the Spring Lake Cemetery.
Contributed by Joe Waddell