Jacob K. Bechtold, one of the well known business men of Girard, Illinois, where he conducts a real estate and renting agency, is a citizen whose business capacity and enterprising spirit make him valued in the town's commercial circles. He was born October 15, 1868, near Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, and is one of a family of seven children born to his parents, William and Elizabeth (Brubaker) Bechtold.
Our subject attended the common schools in his native locality and in 1881 accompanied his mother to Illinois. She settled in Girard, where she died January 18, 1882. In 1889 Mr. Bechtold came to Macoupin County, where he followed farming during the daytime and completed his education in the night schools.
In 1894 our subject came to Girard from Divernon, Illinois, and engaged in the grocery business in partnership with J. W. and J. F. Stutzman, continuing until 1898. In December, 1898, he became the manager of a business enterprise known as the Model Grocery, which he conducted until 1901. In the following year he began to deal in real estate and on December 23, 1903, opened his present convenient offices in Girard. Mr. Bechtold has a wide acquaintance and a circle of friends who have known him in a business way for years. He has their confidence and esteem and has had much encouragement in his present enterprise. he handles both city and country property, rents, sells, buys and exchanges, and some of the choicest city and farming lands have been profitably placed in his hands.
Mr. Bechtold was married October 9, 1895, to Barbara Catharine Pefley, who was born December 18, 1869, and is a daughter of Daniel B. Pefley. Mrs. Bechtold's father was born September 14, 1819, in Virginia and died at his home in Girard, February 7, 1879. he married Aneliza Wrightsman, who was born in Virginia, October 6, 1829; she resides with our subject in Girard. Our subject and wife have three children, viz: Paul F., born August 17, 1896; Ray H., born April 22, 1898; and Frank, born February 6, 1900. The family belong to the German Baptist Brethren Church. They have a pleasant home in the northwest part of the city, where they have many agreeable social connections. In politics, Mr. Bechtold is a Prohibitionist.