Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, p 588
That flourishing business enterprise, the Rockford Painting and Decorating Company, of which Mr. JACOBSON is a prominent member, was established 01 Mar 1888, and has since been in successful operation at No. 111 South Third Street [Rockford, Winnebago County, IL]. This firm carries a stock valued at $10,000 and has a branch office at No. 613 Seventh Street. Both stores are filled with a choice line of goods, and the members of the firm are men of experience and ability.
John JACOBSON came to Rockford in 1871, and began business as a painter and decorator, meeting with success from the beginning. He gave his entire attention to his business since the time he was 14 years of age, and with such substantial results that he is now the owner of a pleasant home at No. 1000 Ninth Avenue, Rockford. He was born in Wester Gothland Province, Sweden, 06 Oct 1848, learned his trade in Falkoping, and afteward worked as a journeyman for four years. Then, with his mother, two brothers and a sister, he sailed for the U. S., reaching NY City on 05 Jan 1871. The little family came direct to Rockford, to which city the father, Joseph JACOBSON, had come in 1868, and here made their home. The mother, whose maiden name was Mary KRUS, passed away in the fall of 1891, when 73 years of age. She was a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church, and her husband, who is still living and a resident of Alta [Buena Vista County], IA, held membership in the same. He is now 72 years of age.
John JACOBSON was the second in order of birth of five children, three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living: Henry, resides in Rock Island [Rock Island County, IL], where he was graduated from college, 16 Jun 1892, as a minister of the Lutheran Church; he married Miss Hattie ANDERSON, of IA. Rev. Fritz, a graduate of the same college in June 1891, also of Yale College, and now Professor of Philosophy in a college of New Haven, is pastor of a Swedish Lutheran Church and married Miss Othelia HOLLAND, a daughter of the Rev. M. HOLLAND, of Stanton [Mills or Montgomery County], IA. Tilda became the wife of Alpha BODIN, and they now reside on a farm near Alta, IA. Amanda married Charles J. LARSON, who is also a farmer of Alta, IA.
John JACOBSON, of this sketch, was married in Rockford to Miss Carrie BUCKLAND [see also the Winnebago County, IL, biography of John J. BUCKLAND], a native of Sweden, born 13 Feb 1852. She came to America alone in May 1868, and joined a brother, John, who is now a shoemaker in Rockford, whither he came in May 1854, being one of the first Swedish settlers. Their parents died in Sweden, where the father was a successful tiller of the soil.
Of the eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. JACOBSON, three died young: Carl, Herman, and Otto E. Those living are: Alga O., Ellen H., Evan C., Carl W., and Julius E., all at home. In politics Mr. JACOBSON is a Republican, and in religion he and his wife are exemplary members of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.