|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1814|
|Death: ||Jul. 25, 1887|
JACOB ACKER, deceased, was well known as one of the successful pioneer farmers of Jefferson Township, who passed the declining years of life at his pleasant home in Lena. He was the son of Henry and Annie (Lawver) Acker, and was born Sept. 28, 1814, five miles from Richfield, in that part of Mifflin County now included in Juniata, Pa. His father was a native of the same county, but his grandfather was born in Germany, and emigrated with his family to America, becoming one of the early settlers of Mifflin County. He was a miller by trade, and after the purchase of land built a flouring-mill and operated successfully both the mill and farm. His death occurred in the early part of this century.
Henry Acker was trained in all the details of agriculture by his father, and after his marriage he purchased a farm, which he successfully managed until his life was cut short by a terrible tragedy. In March, 1861, he was cruelly murdered in his own house by two men who entered at night, and after shooting Mr. Acker, mutilated his body with a tomahawk. The principal perpetrator of the foul deed met the full penalty of the law, and his confederate was imprisoned for a term of twelve years. The death of Mrs. Acker occurred in 1860.
Jacob Acker attended school and assisted his father with the farm labor until he reached the age of eighteen. He then served two and a half years as an apprentice to the trade of carpenter and joiner. For a year he was occupied at joiner's work, and then took contracts for the erection of houses and barns. He carried on this business successfully in Pennsylvania until 1843, when he started for the West, accompanied by his wife and child, and his brothers and sisters. They began the overland journey with three horses, a wagon and a buggy. Upon arriving at Pittsburgh they embarked with their teams and proceeded on their journey via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to St. Louis. During the passage one of their horses became restive, plunged overboard and was drowned. Upon landing they continued on their way to Stephenson County with a pair of horses, and arrived in Jefferson Township on November 7.
The evenings now were already cool and frosty, though the autumn sunshine still lingered late in the season as it frequently does in the West. It was necessary to make immediate preparations for shelter, as winter was rapidly approaching, consequently Mr. Acker rented a farm and moved into the vacant log cabin that stood upon it, and which his wife and sisters endeavored to render as comfortable and cheerful as possible. Thence they passed the winter, and in the following summer purchased a claim in Jefferson Township, and entered Government land, built a house upon it, and lived there until 1869. Mr. Acker was occupied at his trade and usually employed a man to attend to the farm labor. In 1869 he sold this farm and bought the place in Lena where his widow now resides. He also purchased an acre of land upon which he erected two substantial houses, besides enlarging and improving the family residence.
Mr. Acker, in 1838, was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Himes, daughter of Bernhard Himes, a native of Germany. She was born July 12, 1818, in Union County, Pa. Mr. Hine came to America when a young man. He married and settled in Union County, Pa., but afterward moved West, and died in this township, April 20, 1857. His wife before marriage was Miss Elizabeth Wolf, a native of Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Acker were blest with a family of nine children, six of whom are living: George is a resident of Omaha, Neb.; Mary, now Mrs. Kleckner, of Sioux City, Iowa; Kate resides at home; Margaret, Mrs. Housel, is a resident of Freeport; Sarah J., Mrs. Craig, resides in Indiana, and Viola F. is Mrs. Berbeck. One son, John, born May 9, 1840, died Sept. 22, 1859, and two other children died in infancy. Mr. Acker was always interested in public affairs, and was honored with many positions of trust and responsibility. He officiated as Postmaster in Loran, and was School Treasurer and Justice of the Peace in Jefferson Township for several years. He always voted the Republican ticket.
Amelia Himes Acker (1818 - 1900)
Created by: Diane Boand
Record added: Oct 02, 2009
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