JACOB E. CURTIS, editor and publisher, in connection with his son, of the Pan-handle News, an influential newspaper of Wellsburg, W. Va., was born at Hagerstown, Md., October 29, 1824. He is the son of Josiah and Esther (Ernsberger) Curtis, the former of whom was a native of Maryland, of Welsh family, and the latter a native of Germany. Mr. Curtis was reared in West Liberty, and attended school at the same place. Subsequently he went to Bethany and there first engaged in merchant tailoring and afterward in mercantile business, at which he continued about forty years. Becoming prominent in public affairs and particularly influential in the democratic party, he was elected sheriff of Brooke county in 1876. and this office he held four years, discharging its duties with fidelity to the interests of the public. During the ten succeeding years he conducted a store at Wellsburg. In September, 1889, he purchased the Pan-Handle News, and since then he has been giving his attention to that journal and to the duties of deputy sheriff. Mr. Curtis is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been a trustee of Bethany college for thirty years and more. He was married in 1849 to Melissa Kerr, an estimable lady, a devoted member of the Disciple church, who died August 15, 1862, aged thirty years. By this union he had five children: G. C., a merchant of Bethany; Dr. W. K., a prominent physician of Wellsburg; Sarah B., wife of David Hahn, a real estate dealer of Zanesville, Ohio; Ida M., wife of George A. DeLong, a hardware merchant of Lexington, Ky., and Joseph L., who served as deputy sheriff for his father from 1876 to 1880, and was elected sheriff of Brooke county in 1888 taking position January 1, 1889. Mr. Curtis and children are members of the Disciple church. His present wife is S. B., daughter of Louis Kerr, of Brooke county.
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