Jacob Euteneuer, Sr.

Mason County Democrat, Havana, Illinois, Friday, Oct. 9, 1891

Jacob Euteneuer, Sr., was born in Eberfeld, Germany, Aug 7, 1811, and died at his residence at Havana, Ill., October 3 1891, in his eighty-first year. He learned his trade of watch-maker and jeweler in Paris and possessing considerable means, he invested several thousand dollars in material for jewelers and watch-makers, with the intention to establish a manufacturers supply depot in New York city. His vessel being ship-wrecked and his goods lost, he arrived in New York without means in 1853 and worked at this trade in that city and Connecticut until 1861 when he came to Peoria and engaged in business for himself. In 1874 he came to Havana and carried on his business until a fire destroyed both his residence and store several years ago. Mr. Euteneuer possessed the respect and confidence of all. He was probably the most skillful and ingenious man in the domain of light mechanics in this part of the country. His windows when in business were always full of queer contrivances which invariably attracted the attention of the passer by. Among his patents are an alarm lock (used on all the cells of the Peoria jail), a burglar proof night lock, a corrugated door knob, etc. He was also a fair painter in oil and a most excellent wood carver. One of the works of his earlier years was a diminutive watch, the size of a vest button, the result of his infinite patience and skill. Although often cast down by the misfortune of financial reverses, he kept bravely on to the end of a busy, useful and well spent life. May he rest in peace while his memory lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

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We wish to return our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who so generously gave aid and sympathy during the illness and death of husband and father.

Contributed by Deanna Dougherty

Jacob Euteneuer, Jr.

Mason County Democrat, Friday, March 6, 1931


The community was saddened on Monday evening when the news spread that Jacob Euteneuer, 74, had passed away at his home on East Dearborn. He had been in failing health for perhaps a year, but would rally and be at the store and at his bench, where he had spent more than 51 years. Mr. Euteneuer was Havana’s oldest merchant in point of service. He bought the jewelry business of his father on January 7th 1880, and has been continuously in business in Havana ever since. He had many friends. He was always glad for friends to drop into the store and always had a joking remark and a smile for everyone. He learned the jewelry and watch-making business from his father, who was a pioneer in this business in central Illinois, and when Mr. Euteneuer bought the business and embarked for himself, he was a watchmaker and continued at this trade for all these years. He built up good business by his honest dealing and fair trading. From the small store on Orange Street, he grew to the building which was owned by him on Main Street. In 1909 Mr. Euteneuer took his son, L.L. Euteneuer, as a partner in the business. He is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Eva Eaton of East Peoria, Mrs. T.P. Kearney of Fulton County, and L.L. Euteneuer of this city, and one brother, John Euteneuer of Havana. Last services were held Thursday morning at St. Patrick’s Church, conducted by Fr. T.B. O’Brien. Internment in Chandlerville Cemetery.

Unknown newspaper, March 13, 1931

Jacob Eutenuer was born in Waterbury, Conn., December 17, 1856, and passed away at this home on East Dearborn Street, this city, on March 2nd, 1931 at the age of 74 years, 2 months and 5 days.

When a young man, Mr. Euteneuer came to Havana with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Euteneuer, Sr. He was engaged in the jewelry business with his father, with whom he had learned the trade of watchmaker.

On April 26th, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Neff of Chandlerville. To this union, three children were born, who with the wife survive. The children, Mrs. Eva Eaton of East Peoria, Illinois, Mrs. Blanch Kearney and Leo L. Euteneuer of Havana. There are also five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Had Mr. Euteneuer lived till April 26th, he would have been married fifty years. On January 7th, 1930, Mr. Euteneuer celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his entering into business for himself in Havana. In 1880, he bought the jewelry business from his father. In 1909, he took his son Leo L. Euteneuer into partnership, under the firm of J. Euteneuer & Son. Solemn Sequiem High Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Thursday morning, March 5th, at 9:30. Officers of the Mass were: Celebrant, Rev. T.B. O’Brien, Havana; Deacon, Rev. E.J. Wisenberg, S.J. St. Louis, Mo.; Sub Deacon, Rev. J. O’Dwyer, Virginia, Ill. Internment in Chandlerville cemetery, Chandlerville, Ill.

Contributed by Deanna Dougherty