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Jacoby, Louis C. - secretary and manager of the undertaking and furniture firm of Jacoby Bros., is one of the substantial men of Jerseyville. He was born in Brighton, Ill., April 10, 1869, a son of Henry and Catherine (Peiter) Jacoby, natives of Germany, who came to the Untied States in December 1855, by was of New Orleans, La. From that city they came up the Mississippi River to Cairo, Ill. At that point the vessel carrying them for frozen fast in the ice in the river and while they were thus detained, one of the children, Casper J. Jacoby, was born. After being released from the ice, the little party went with teams to Macoupin County, Ill., where the father obtained work as a stone mason, later becoming a farmer. He died in 1885, and the mother in 1901. The children of this marriage were as follows: Lizzie, Elizabeth, Rev. Philip, and Philipina, all of whom are deceased; Casper J., who lives at Alton, Ill.; Minnie, who is Mrs. H. A. Hoffman, who lives at Alton, Ill.; Henry C., who lives at San Jose, Cal., is a Methodist Minister; William C., who lives at Bunker Hill, Ill.; Mary, who is Mrs. Henry Hanold o fBrighton, Ill., owns the family home; and Louis C., who is the youngest.

Louis C. Jacoby attended the district schools and worked on his father's farm until he was seventeed years old, at which time he went to work for his brother ina furniture and undertaking business at Bunker Hill, Ill. After three years he went to Highland, Ill., and was employed in a furniture store for a few months, when he came to Jerseyville, and with his four brothers, Philip W., C. J., Henry C. and Wiliam C., formed a stock company, in March, 1891, and opened a store. On December 24, 1899, Philip Jacoby died, and in 1901 the heirs of his estate were bought out by the four other brothers. In 1903, the brothers bought the Bunker Hill store, making it a branch of the Jerseyville establishment and Louis C. Jacoby is secretary of the corporation and manager of the Jerseyville store. The company handles all kinds of furniture and conducts a first-class undertaking business. The officers of the company are as follows: William C., President; Henry C., Vice-President; C. J., Treasurer; and Louis C., Secretary and Manager.

On May 3, 1892, Louis C. Jacoby was married to Charlotte E. Kingston, born at Fideltiy, Jersey County, Ill., a daughter of Dr. Thomas A. and Kate C. (Frost) Kingston, natives of Kentucky and Jersey County, respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Jacoby became the parents of the following children: Evangeline; Leslie K., who is in business with his father; Pauline and Paul, twins; and Alice Louise, Theodore Louis, Maurice Henry, and Rodman Charles. Politically he is a Republican and fraternally is a Mason and Odd Fellow, serving in all the offices of the I. O. O. F. and ther Encampment, and also belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America. In addition to his other interests, Mr. Jacoby is a director of the Jerseyville Building and Loan Association.

Jewsburg, Charles S. - The capable and courteous express agent for the American Express Company at Jerseyville, is one of the substantial men of Jersey County. He is a son of Ebenzer Calvin and Martha J. (Brown) Jewsburg. His father was born in Morgan County, Ill., of English parentage, and his mother was born in Macoupin County, Ill., of Irish parentage. They had the following children: Joseph R., who lives in Calhoun County, Ill., is a farmer and fruit grower; Harriet C., who was married to Oscar Clarke, resides at Alton, Ill.; Chalres S.; Maude, who is deceased; Harry C., who resides in Jersey County; John C., who resides at St. Louis, Mo., is a quarter-master in the United States Army; Martha J., who married Clark Landis, lives in Alton, Ill.; Elizabeth J., who married Samuel Sewell; and Mary E., who llives at Jerseyville. The father of this family died in 1914, and the mother died December 1915. They were consistent members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Charles S. Jewsburg attended the schools of Jerseyville, and was graduated therefrom in 1898. Following that he was engaged in farming for six years. Desiring a change, he went to Los Angeles, Cal., and for two years worked as a paperhanger and a painter, and when he returned to Illinois, he worked along the same lines in Jacksonville. Coming to Jerseyville, he conducted a grocery for two years, and then in April 1917, the American Express Company secured his services as agent for their company, which office he is still holding. In politics he is a Republican, while in religious faith he is a Baptist.

On October 8, 1904, Mr. Jewsburg was married to Mae Young of Jacksonville, who died in 1909, having borne him a son, Lloyd E., who died in 1911. Mr. Jewsburg was married (second) to Miss Fannie Catt, whose parents are honored residents of Jerseyville. Mr. and Mrs. Jewsburg have one son, Donald C., who was born Octover 29, 1916. Mrs. Jewsburg is also a member of the Baptist Church.

Johns, Charles Wesley - one of the substantial business men of Jerseyville, is sole proprietor of Johns' Smokeless Fuel Economizer, which is one of the modern inventions which are so revolutionizing methods in these days. He was born at Medora, Ill., October 23, 1880, a son of William F. and Anne Locella (Simpson) Johns, he born in Germany and she in Medora, Ill. When he ws six years old, the father came with his parents to the Untied States, having been born January 5, 1841. In 1851, they came to Medora, Ill., and here he later met and married Anne L. Simpson. They settled at Medora after their marriage, and here he conducted a tinning business until 1909, and then embarked in a photographing business at Jacksonville, Ill., which he is still operating.

Charles Wesley Johns attended the grammar and high schools of Medora until he was sixteen years old, and then went into a laundry business at Shreveport, La. Later he was at Long View, Tex., for a time, but subsequently went to Chicago and was there employed in a laundry and conducted it until 1915, when he secured a patent upon the device which bears his name, to which he is selling rights, and his success show that people are appreciating its value and usefulness.

On April 3, 1901, Mr. Johns was married to Mattie B. Rhoades, born at Medora, Ill., a daughter of Walter A. and Sarah E. (Rhoades) Rhoades, he born at Charlottesville, Va., and she at Medora, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Johns have two children: William W., who was born December 23, 1902; and Eula F., who was bron September 18, 1905. They are members of the Baptist Church. In politics a Republican, he served as a member of the city council from the Fourth Ward for one term. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason, an Odd Fellow, Elk, and Modern Woodman of America, and Mrs. Johns is a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs.The son is a boy scout, and both children are very talented musically. This is a patriotic family, and is typical of the element of true Americanism that has made this country what it is, and promises to keep up the high standard raised by Revolutionary forefathers.

Source: History of Jersey County Illinois, 1919
Edited by Oscar Hamilton
President Jersey County Historical Society, 1919
(Actual Book Pages 497 - 664)(PDF Pages 632 - 799)