|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1891|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1917|
OBIT published in The Enterprise 28 Dec 1917:
JACOB F. SELF, son of A. R. and Ida B. Self, was born in Mansville, Chickasaw Nation, I.T., September 4th, 1891. He was called to his reward December 19th, 1917, at Camp Kearney, Calif. He was a private in the 144th Machine Gun Batallion, Company A. He died of a complication of measles and pneumonia. He was sick but a few days and his death was a great blow to his loved ones and his friends.
Jacob became a member of Sunday School when he was only four years old, and at the age of 18 he joined the Methodist church.
He was a noble, christian young man, and stood for high and splendid things. He would not compromise his convictions in order to be a "hail fellow well met", but was as true to his Lord and duty as a "Daniel", and he lived that beautiful life which was hid with Christ in God. He was true to every relation of life and when his country called him, it did not call in vain, but he responded to the call and laid down his life for "his own and his native land".
By the life of Jacob Self, the lives of all who knew him were enriched, and in his death as a sacrifice on the alter of his country, patriotism has a new meaning, and heaven has a richer treasure and is made more enviting to us.
Jacob Self was one of the very first of the young men from this locality to volunteer his services in the Great War that is calling our sons and brothers and friends to arms, and he is the first from here to surrender his life in the cause. That it may be the last fatal sacrifice of this community can only rest in hope. We give the family and friends our deepest sympathy, and appreciate the fact that they are at this time more desolated by the demands of this awful war than any other of our fellow citizens, but they have the consolation of knowing their boy died a noble patriot in the greatest cause of the world's history. --The Enterprise.
The body of this young soldier is resting at peace in an honored grave in the Elida Cemetery. The remains were shipped back in a sealed casket, arriving here last Sunday, and followed by a large number of citizens and friends, were conveyed to the Methodist church, where an impressive funeral discourse was delivered by the presiding elder, Rev. S. E. Allison, after which the last sad rites occurred at the grave of the youthful hero.
(Courtesy of Jayne Taylor)
He was the son of Aaron Roger Self and Ida Bell Jones.
Aaron Roger Self (1866 - 1941)
Co A 144 MC Bat WWI
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Joyce Gore Locke
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