|Birth: ||Jan. 30, 1819|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1907|
Husband of Elizabeth (Feller) Eicher; Father of Anna Elizabeth Eicher, Jacob Eicher, Katherine Eicher, Gottlieb Eicher, Mary Eicher, Rosanna Eicher, Emma Eicher, Alice Eicher, and John W Eicher
The Canton Repository, Canton, Stark, Ohio. May 20, 1889; p4.
The Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eicher Celebrated.
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eicher was celebrated Saturday evening at their residence, No. 128 South Cherry street, the immediate relatives and a few invited friends being present. Mr. Eicher was seventy years old last January and Mrs. Eicher will be seventy-two years old next July. Both are hale and hearty. They have six children married, and twenty-four grand-children.
Mr. Eicher was presented with a handsome gold watch chain, and Mrs. Eicher with a plain gold ring. Mr. William Archinal made the presentation speech, referring to the changes which fifty years wrought in the affairs of nations as well as individuals; the progress art and science had made during the last fifty years, and predicting still greater developments during the next half century. He spoke touchingly about Mr. and Mrs. Eicher's journey through life; under what surroundings their nuptials were celebrated fifty years ago, amid the snow capped mountains in their native Switzerland; how they had in this their adopted country by strict economy and an abiding faith in Providence, accumulated enough to live the remaining years of their lives in comfort and ease, and wishing them God, speed and Heaven's choicest blessings for the remainder of their lives.
The aged couple were totally overcome by their feelings, but after recovering himself sufficiently Mr. Eicher responded in a few well chosen remarks, thanking all those present for this mark of esteem and love. An elegant supper was served and the evening spent pleasantly.
The Canton Repository. Canton, Ohio. August 23, 1907
Swiss Pioneer Passes Away
Jacob Eicher, Sr., who came with his family to America in 1854 from Switzerland and joined a Swiss community in Tuscarawas county, later removing to Stark county, died Friday morning at 1 o'clock at his home, 209 East Tenth street, from the results of a stroke of paralysis suffered last Monday. He was 88 years and seven months old.
Born in Switzerland in the canton of Berne, January 30, 1819, he married Elizabeth Feller May 18, 1839, and with her and seven children crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat, in 39 days. From New York city the party journeyed by rail to Lake Erie, sailing over the water for Cleveland. En route their ship struck a sand bar near the city of Erie, and narrowly escaped sinking. From Cleveland the journey to Tuscarawas county was made over the railroad.
In those days Stone Creek Valley, the section of Tuscarawas county where the thrifty Swiss were tilling the soil, and where these people still live in great numbers, farm hands for swinging the scythe in the wheat fields received 35 cents per day. Mr. Eicher, although a shoemaker by trade, began farming and his wife assisted him in getting a start by taking in spinning. Oftentimes Mr. Eicher swung the axe, cutting wood.
In 1864 the Eicher family came to Stark county and located at Richville, near Canton, and from 1868 to 1884 he kept a grocery on South Cherry street. He was a member of First Reformed church.
Mr. Eicher was the father of 11 children, six of whom still survive—Jacob Eicher, of the Louisville road; Mrs. William Archinal, of Trenton, N.J.; Gottlieb Eicher, of Columbus, and Mrs. Mary Rolli, Emma Eicher, and John Eicher, of Canton. Twenty seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive.
The time of the funeral services which will be conducted by Rev. J. Theodore Bucher, of Grace Reformed church, will be announced later.
Elizabeth Feller Eicher (1817 - 1903)*
Anna Elizabeth Eicher Miller (1839 - 1905)*
Gottlieb Eicher (1848 - 1923)*
Katherine Eicher Archinal (1848 - 1928)*
Mary Eicher Rolli (1848 - 1932)*
Rose Tennler (1854 - 1897)*
Emma Eicher (1858 - 1953)*
Alice Eicher (1860 - 1875)*
John W Eicher (1862 - 1958)*
Jacob Eicher (1941 - 1915)*
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