"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Jacobus, William N. sole proprietor of the Jacobus mercantile store at Pelican Lake, Oneida County, the largest store of its kind in the village, was born in the town of Neva, Langlade County, Wis., son of Fred and Wilhelmina (SCHRAMEK) JACOBUS. The father, a native of Germany, came to the United States at the age of 11 years, working for a while in New York, then in a shoe factory in New Jersey until 1883, and then came to Wisconsin, taking a farm in the town of Neva, Langlade County, which he operated until 1920, when he sold it to his son William and retired. He served for 28 years as chairman of his town board. He and his wife are still living. They have had a family of eight children: Minnie, now Mrs. W. J. MATTEK of Langlade County; Fred, a farmer in that county; Anna, who married John STRIBNEY and is now a widow residing with her parents; Henry, who is conducting a hardware store in Antigo, Langlande County; Mary, wife of William RUSCH of the same county; John, a merchant of Deerbrook, that county; William of Pelican Lake; and Stella, of Madison, who is connected with the University of Wisconsin as an accountant. William JACOBUS acquired his elementary education in the district school in Langlade County and later continued his studies in the high school of Antigo. He then purchased the home farm from his father and subsequently conducted it for two years. In September, 1922, he came to Pelican Lake and purchased the general stock of Isador JENSEN, whom he succeeded as proprietor. He has since proved himself a very efficient business man and has made his store an attractive place to possible customers, taking pains not only to keep a considerable variety of stock but also to have it of a high and reliable quality and at prices satisfactory to all who know the current market rates. He has a very complete line of staple and fancy groceries and choice meats, also of dry goods of the most recent styles and patterns, and keeps an abundant supply of souvenirs and novelties for the summer tourist trade. His goods are arranged and displayed in a neat and systematic manner, which adds to the attractiveness of his store and helps to increase his trade, which is continually growing. William JACOBUS was married Jan. 25, 1921, in Deerbrook, Wis., to Mabel RICE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delbert RICE. Her father is now a resident of Antigo, the mother being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. JACOBUS have one child of their own, Ellsworth, who was born April 27, 1922; also an adopted boy, Russell STEINFELDT, now 12 years old. The family are members of the Catholic Church, Mr. JACOBUS also belonging to the Knights of Columbus Lodge of Antigo. He is now serving as justice of the peace of Pelican Lake.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 313-314 (with picture), History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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