Charles A. Jacobi letter found by Frank Sellers - Macoupin County IL

©2002 Frank Sellers






Arnold O. JACOBI
born 1881
near Bunker Hill Macoupin County IL


Part of letter donated by Frank Sellers 23 Aug 2002


I found the following letter, signed by Charles A. Jacobi of Beaverton, OR, while I was visiting the Oregon Trail Regional Museum in Baker City, OR earlier this month. Since it refers to Macoupin County, I obtained a copy of the letter.

Contact Frank Sellers formerly Litchfield, IL <Sellersgen@aol.com> for more of the letter and information about the museum in Oregon.

The letter includes the following:

...My father Arnold O. Jacobi, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, was born November 11, 1881 in Macoupin County near Bunkerhill, Illinois - of German immigrant parents...he has told me of ice-skating three miles along a creek to attend school in Bunkerhill. He graduated from Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri in 1906.

He went to Oklahoma when it was still Oklahoma Territory (in 1906). He...met my mother, Cora Gilmore...when they attended CWC. He returned to (her home in Montgomery City, Missouri) in 1908 and they were married. After visiting with his family (eleven children grew to maturity of fifteen born) on the farm near Bunkerhill, they moved to El Reno, Oklahoma where my sister and brother and I were born. I am the youngest and the single remaining member of my family. My wife and I have no children, nieces or nephews....

...both my father(in-law) and mother-in-law lived in Oregon; in fact we four moved to Salem, Oregon in 1938. My father-in-law, George W. Taber, had been in Portland as a young man, perhaps in 1906, and had worked in a packinghouse in Portland. He was born February 4, 1881 in Douglas County, Missouri; he and Lora May Cantrell, born in Taney County, Missouri, were married in 1909 and moved to Oklahoma in either 1912 or 1913.

My wife, Mildred T. Jacobi, also is the single remaining member of her family..."



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