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Jacob Auer
Birth: Jan. 8, 1833
Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Death: Jan. 6, 1894
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA

The son of Melchior Auer and Elisabetha Neukom, Jacob worked as a carpenter in Calhoun County, Illinois.

He married Julia Marshall on 10 Sep 1858 in Calhoun County, Illinois. They were the parents of 9 children, but several died in infancy or early childhood.

Jacob died 2 days before his 61st birthday. He was survived by his wife, Julia, who passed away in 1925.

Children: 4 sons, 4 daughters, 1 unknown.

Father of:
Francis M. Auer
Luella J. Auer Dixon
Infant Auer
Emma Christina Auer Osborne
Dr. Ulysses S. "Grant" Auer
Ida Belle Auer Elder
Anna Auer
Charley Auer
Willie Auer

Jacob's siblings:
Conrad Auer
John Gubo Auer
Madalaine Auer
Melchior Auer

Jacob's half-sisters and half-brothers:
Jean Auer
Anna Auer
Zachariah Auer
Barbara Auer
John Auer



We are sorry to report the death of Jacob Auer, which happened in Jacksonville, Saturday morning. He has suffered for several weeks from kidney disease, and after securing the best local treatment obtainable, was taken to Jacksonville, where he remained until death called him to join the ranks of the great majority.

The funeral services were conducted by the Masons, he being a member of that fraternity. His remains were brought home and interred in the Deer Plain cemetery at one o'clock Monday.

(Calhoun Herald; 18 Jan 1894; p. 1)


He was born in Upper Hallau, Canton Schauffhausen, Switzerland, on January 8th, 1833, and passed to his home on the other side, on Saturday, January 6th, 1894, at 9:45 a.m.

He was the oldest child of Melchoir Auer. When he was but twelve years old, his mother died, leaving the father with six little children to mourn their sad loss. The father having married again, the family in 1848, removed to this country making their home in St. Louis, Mo. Here the subject of this sketch learned and for some years the cabinet trade. In 1851 the family removed to this county and about 2 years later he also came here, and for some years following worked at the carpenter's trade.

On September 9th, 1858, he was united in marriage with Miss Julia A. Marshall; and to them were born nine children, five of whom have preceded him to the home beyond.

In 1860 he removed his little family to the old home place, buying out the other heirs; and here turned his attention to farming and fruit culture. Here in connection with the many other public interests which he served, he devoted his thought and labors to the continued development of his business and the welfare of his family. Here his surviving children grew to mature life, were married and have become useful members of society.

He was recognized as a public-spirited citizen; and as such he was called to serve as treasurer of the school fund for eleven years, as justice of the peace, 4 years; as country treasurer two terms; and in many other ways needless now to name, he contributed his humble part toward the general welfare of the community in which he lived.

From his youth he maintained a high sense of honor. Of a retiring disposition himself, he hated all self-seeking shams and vain display. Native worth and sterling integrity were ever at a premium with him. He was a great reader from early youth, and retained well what he read. Though not permitted to enjoy the advantages of higher education, his general education was equal to many who did.

The family being connected with the Reformed Church, before leaving his native country he was confirmed as a member of that sect and never connected himself with any other during his life-time, a matter he deeply regretted toward the last. He felt that he might have been much more useful if he had united his efforts with those of others in christian work. But he looked to, and trusted in the one source of the Christian's hope; and we believe his sleep is that of the Just.

He was for many years an honored member of the horticultural society, helping to bring his county into prominence as a superior fruit-producing region. He was also a member of "Hilliard" Post G. A. R.; and of Full Moon Lodge No. 341, A. F. and A. M. both of Grafton.

The funeral services were held at the family residence, and were conducted by the Rev. Grant Groves, pastor of the M. E. church at Grafton, Ill. A large number of friends and neighbors gathered to express their sympathy with the sorrowing family. After the conclusion of the services at the house, the Full Moon Lodge took charge of the remains, which were bourne to Sand Ridge cemetery and tenderly laid to rest. The Master of this Lodge, who presided at this burial service, had stood up with the deceased when he was married, and the chaplain of the lodge was a brother of the minister who officiated at his marriage.

The deceased leaves a wife, four children, three brothers and many friends to mourn his early removal.

(Calhoun Herald; 08 Mar 1894; p. 5)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.
Family links: 
  Melchior Auer (1806 - 1874)
  Julia Ann Marshall Auer (1840 - 1925)
  Francis M. Auer (1860 - 1871)*
  Luella J. Auer Dixon (1862 - 1942)*
  Emma Christina Auer Osborne (1866 - 1943)*
  Ulysses S. Grant Auer (1868 - 1934)*
  Ida Belle Auer Elder (1871 - 1934)*
  Charley Auer (1873 - 1874)*
  Willie Auer (1875 - 1876)*
  Jacob Auer (1833 - 1894)
  Conrad Auer (1839 - 1919)*
  Barbara Auer Depper (1851 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
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Deer Plain Cemetery
Deer Plain
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
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