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JACOB P. JUNG, one of the prominent business men of Bloomington City, is a member of the firm of Higgins & Co., marble and granite manufacturers, whose place of business is located at Nos. 227 and 229 East Front street. The subject of this history was born in Nauvoo, Hancock County, this State, on the 9th of February, 1850. He is the son of Christian and Elizabeth (Brandenberger) Jung, natives respectively of Coblentz and Bergen, Germany. They emigrated to the United States before their marriage, the father in 1838. He first located in New Orleans whence, after a brief stay, he proceeded to New York and thence southwestward to St. Louis, Mo., where he remained until the Mormon troubles of 1848. Thence he removed to Nauvoo, and engaged as a contractor for plastering and stonework, and where he now resides, retired from the active labors of life.

The parental family included ten children, six now living, as follows: Julia, Mrs. John Erb, resides in Keokuk, Iowa; Maggie, Mrs. Nifer, in California; Jacob P., in Bloomington; Lizzie, in Keokuk, also Mary M., Mrs. Carmichael; Henrietta is in Chicago. Christian Jung has been a prominent man in his community since coming to this State, he was President of the City Board of Nauvoo, and has also served as Alderman. He built the first German Lutheran Church there, and after the settlement of the Mormon troubles brought the first Lutheran minister from St. Louis there to preach, and kept him in his own family for a year. He early became identified with the Democratic party. He was one of the first to settle in Nauvoo after the Mormons had practically been driven out, and while engaged with others in armed opposition to them, was taken prisoner and held six weeks in the Temple, whence he finally made his escape.

Jacob P. Jung left the parental roof at thirteen years of age, and going to Keokuk, Iowa, first engaged with H. K. Love, a banker. After two months he was employed to ride horses across the line from Missouri into Illinois for one summer, the Civil War then being in progress. He then returned to Keokuk for a short time, and from there went to Quincy, Ill., and served an apprenticeship in the drug business with Dr. John W. Ritter, for two years and five months. Thence he went to St. Louis and engaged in business whence, after four months, he returned to his home in Nauvoo. From there, in 1869, he came to Bloomington, Ill., and engaged with Peter Greenwalt as a stone-cutter, with whom he remained five months, and was variously engaged until May of that year, when he became an apprentice to a marble cutter, at which he served three years. Then, after a short time spent at each of the cities of St. Louis, Indianapolis and Cincinnati, he established business for himself in Nauvoo, where he remained for two years and until 1876, when he went to South Alabama, and was employed in the Government Works in July, 1877. He then came to Bloomington, where, after being employed at his trade for four months, he became associated with his present partner in September, 1878. Eight years later [1886] they put up their present marble front, and are now doing an extensive and profitable business.

Mr. Jung was married in 1881, to Mrs. Mary Minion, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the daughter of Hugh and Mary McLean. By her former husband Mrs. J. became the mother of two sons William and John and of her union with our subject there have been born a son and daughter Gracie E. and Jacob P. The family residence is located at No. 713 East Front street, where its inmates are enjoying all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life. Mr. Jung is Democratic in politics, and socially is a member in good standing of the K. of P. [ed., Knights of Pythias].

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 537. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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