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Jacob Talsma
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Birth: Jun. 9, 1899
Colfax County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Aug. 27, 1948
Ada County
Idaho, USA

He was very probably born as Jacob Nieboer about 1901, not unlikely on 9 June 1901, in Raton City, New Mexico, the third of three sons of railroad laborer Harm Nieboer and Jacoba Stuut, named for his paternal uncle Jacob Nieboer (born in 1874 in Muntendam). His parents emigrated in 1895 and 1896 to the USA from the country village Muntendam in the Dutch northeastern province Groningen. In June 1900 his parents Herman Niebour (29 y, railroad laborer), Jacoba (27 y) and their first two sons Henry (6 y) and John (3 y) lived at an own home in Raton City, Ward 4, Colfax County, New Mexico Territory, USA. Raton was founded about 1878 at the site of Willow Springs, a stop on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1879, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway bought a local toll road and established a busy rail line. Raton quickly developed as a railroad, mining and ranching center for the northeast part of the New Mexico territory, as well as the county seat and principal trading center of the area.

His father Harm Nieboer died very probably around 1902, maybe even before Jacob's birth, in Raton City or, less likely in Chicago, at the age of about 31 years. His mother Jakoba Niebur remarried on 10 September 1903 in Chicago at the age of 40 years to the 10 years younger widower Nicholas Talsma, who brought with him three children from his first marriage. On 21 January 1905 their son Nicolas Talsma was born in Chicago and about 1907 their daughter Eva, very probably also in Chicago.

In April 1910 his mother Jacoba (36 y) and stepfather Nicholas Talama (48 y, carpenter) lived in Chicago, Ward 32, Cook County, Illinois, together with their children Henry [Nieboer] (16 y, teamster/lumber), Jacob [Nieboer] (8 y), Hilde (17 y), Sietse (13 y), George [Tjeerd] (10 y), Nicolas (5 y) and Eva Talama (2 y). It looks that his brother John Nieboer, born in April 1897 in Chicago, had meanwhile died. In May 1914 his stepbrother Dan Talsma died in Chicago, 1332 W. 73rd St., 12 days after his birth. His mother Jacoba died in 1915 in Chicago at the age of 41 years. His stepbrother Nick Talsma Jr. died in March 1919 in Arpin, Wood County, in the center of Wisconsin at the age of 14 years from influenza, complicated by pneumonia. It's likely that they stayed there with Jacob's stepbrother George Talsma (born in 1888 in the Netherlands).

In 1920 Jacob Talsma (18 y, born in New Mexico) resided in Chicago, Ward 32, with his brother Henry Neibor (Nieboer, 26 y, born in 1893 in Muntendam), Henry's wife Adelaide (26 y, her maiden surname was Claussen) and their son John Neibor (2 1/2 y).

Jacob Talsma enlisted on 20 November 1917 in the US Army, participated in WW I, possibly fighting on the battlefields in France and/or Belgium, and was discharged on 9 June 1919. Jacob lied probably about his birthdate/age to get into the service; it's much more likely that he was born in 1901 (on 9 June?) than on 9 June 1899. The military career of Jacob Talsma, who served in squadron "A", 460th Army Air Force Base Unit at Hamilton Field, a United States Air Force base located along the western shore of San Pablo Bay, part of Novato, California, and who became at last Master Sergeant, has continued as follows:
- reinlisted 27 Nov 1920, disch. 26 Nov 1921;
- reinl. 31 Dec 1921, discharged 13 Sep 1922;
- reinl. 30 Oct 1922, discharged 09 Jan 1926;
- reinl. 26 Feb 1926, discharged 25 Feb 1929;
- reinl. 16 Mar 1929, discharged 11 Feb 1935;
- reinl. 15 May 1935, discharged 14 May 1938;
- reinl. 02 Jun 1938, discharged 01 Jun 1941;
- reinl. 23 Jun 1941, retired 30 Jun 1946.

In April 1940 the 40 years aged airplane mechanic Jacob Talsma resided at Hamilton Field, Novato Judicial Township, Marin County, California. In 1935 he lived in Angel Island, in Marin County too.

On 29 January 1946 the unmarried Master Sergeant in the Air Corps Jacob Talsma was enlisted at Hamilton Field within 3 months of discharge in the National Guard in Federal Service for the Hawaiian Department. His education level was 2 years of high school and his civilian occupation was hatchery man.

Jacob Talsma died on 27 August 1948, two years after his retirement, at the age of -officially- 49 years, but in fact very probably of 47 years, in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Boise, the state capital of Idaho. A day before his death Jacob Talsma was baptized. Source a.o.: scan of form "Application for headstone or marker", received in August 2013 from J. Carlson.

The Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, California was closed as an U.S. Air Force base in 1974.
Family links: 
  Harm Nijboer (1871 - 1902)
  Jacoba Stuut Nijboer Talsma (1873 - 1915)
  Henry Neibor (1893 - 1933)*
  Jacob Talsma (1899 - 1948)
*Calculated relationship
Morris Hill Cemetery
Ada County
Idaho, USA
Maintained by: Peter Hakze
Originally Created by: David Mills
Record added: Jul 19, 2009
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Jacob Talsma
Added by: Peter Hakze
Jacob Talsma
Added by: David Mills
Jacob Talsma
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