HENRY CLAY JACOBS 1842-1926
Obituary of Henry C. Jacobs - Unknown Paper
After a lingering illness Henry C. Jacobs passed away Sunday, June 13, 1926 at E. 8 14th. Ave., Spokane, Wash. at the age of 84 years.
Mr. Jacobs was a native of Ogle Co., Illinois, the son of Dr. Samuel I. Jacobs and Elizabeth Coffman. His early youth was spent in the stress of the pioneer period of Illinois and his first school years associated with the little old log school house in Adeline, the first school building of that community. But few of the classmates remain to recall the early days of their childhood and the limitations of an education acquired within the walls of this primitive building erected in a wilderness which was one day to bud and blossom as the rose. Later he pursured a course of study at Rock River Seminary at Mt. Morris, Illinois then familiarly known as Old Sandstone.
As a youth Mr. Jacobs became interested in mercantile affairs in his association with Mr. George W. Mitchell of Adeline and when still in his teens with Cowles Co. of Freeport, Illinois, finally taking a position with David Sawyer & Co. boot and shoe house of Chicago. In 1868 he was married to Mary Jane Beebe of Forreston, Illinois the daughter of Nathionel W. and Jane C. Beebe of Forreston, the young couple going to Chicago to make their permanent home. After some years residence in this city they moved to their farm 1 1/2 miles east of Forreston but finally returned to Chicago. Twenty years ago they located in southern California near Los Angeles finally making their home for the past five yeas with their only daughter, Mrs. W. D. Arnold and her husband at Spokane, Wash. Inheriting from his father the type of mind that marks the student and essentially of a religious nature. Mr. Jacobs daily felt the urge to read and study, ever on the alert for truth. Brought up in the tenets of the Campbellite faith, his research throughout the passing years convinced him that religion becomes a way of life, a faith broader than that of articles and creeds inclusive of a greater fellowship a universal form - a faith of enthusiam and activity embracing all departments of life; religion, progressively and actively concerned in the enlightenment, the development and the uplifting of humanity and in such service and faith give a response to the Divine Purpose. In this faith he died believing.
"There's a wideness in God's mercy
Like the wideness of the sea
There's a kindness in His justice
Which is more than liberty"
And of the Power that put us here:-
I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His live and care.
The funeral service held June 19 was conducted by Dr. Chas. Pease of the Unitarian church of Spokane and burial made at Greenwood Cemetery. Besides his widow and daughter he is survived by four sons: Chas. A. Seattle, Wash., Clarence J. and Mark R. Los Angeles and Amos E. Spokane, Wash.
There are also eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Submitted by John Jacobs
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