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 Jacob Helfrich

Jacob Helfrich

Birth
Germany
Death 5 Feb 1908 (aged 89)
Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA
Burial Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 100011254 · View Source
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the Carroll Free Press, Carrollton, Ohio, Wednesday, April 15, 1891.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Helfrich, among our oldest and most respected citizens, will celebrate their golden Wedding today. We understand that a number of friends in Pennsylvania, who had declared their intentions of being present, will not be able to do so on account of la grippe. We hope all present will enjoy the celebration, especially the aged couple who have walked together for fifty years.

Also in the same paper, but in a different section.

Mrs. J. M. Helfrich and two daughters of Portland, Oregon, are here to take part in the Helfrich golden wedding celebration. Also J. L. Frederick, wife and four children of Greenville, Pennsylvania, Rev. Cronenwett, wife and eight children, J. H. Troutman, wife and three children, Otto Lumbergh and wife of Butler, Pennsylvania.

His obituary in the Free Press Standard, Carrollton, Ohio, Friday, February 7, 1908.

Jacob Helfrich, one of Carrollton's oldest and most highly respected citizens died in his home on North Lisbon Street on Wednesday from the infirmities of old age. He will be buried on Saturday. The funeral services will be held in the Lutheran Church at one o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. G. M. Schmucker, of Canton. Interment will be made in the Grandview Cemetery. He is survived by the following childrenJohn W. Helfrich, Mesdames Susanna Harsh, Margaret Cronenwett and C. R. Ziegler, of Carrollton, Mesdames E. Cronenwett and J. H. Troutman, of Butler, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. J. L. Frederick, of Greenville, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Helfrich, nee Catherine Stemple, died February 23, 1899. Mr. Helfrich retired from the shoe business the early part of 1907, being at that time the oldest shoe dealer in active business in the United States. The following sketch of his life appeared in Boot and Shoe Recorder of February 14, 1906: Mr. Helfrich was born on St. Patrick's Day (and yet not an Irishman), March 17th, 1818, in Reichenbach, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany. When 14 he left school to learn the shoemaking trade, and at 18 left home with two brothers to come to America. In crossing the ocean the sailing vessel was at one time becalmed for two weeks, and it took 104 days to make the voyage. Upon reaching America his money was gone and he was compelled to part with his accordion, for which he was given $4.50. Young Helfrich's objective point was the town of Carrollton, because he could find there a friend who had formerly lived in his father's family in Germany. This friend could give him advice found upon experience in America. After some hardships the young shoemaker reached Carrollton, then a small town, and investigation proved that there was an opportunity right there for a fine bootmaker. He began work at once, and has ever since resided in the town of his adoption.
In 1840 he started in business on his own account. As is well understood in the trade, the shoemaker of that time was a more important personage than the average custom workman of today. More people had their shoes made to order, and the ready-made footwear business was of much less importance. The artist in fine workmanship was sure of a large and remunerative trade, and Mr. Helfrich, as the leading shoemaker of his town, employed as many as ten workmen at a time. He has taught the trade to scores of apprentices, good, bad and in different, and men now in middle life owe their efficiency and usefulness to his careful training and instruction. Mr. Helfrich married in 1841. He taught his sons the Crispin trade, but they afterward went into other lines of business. Mr. Helfrich has always been a man of honest principles, and a thorough Christian, professing the Lutheran faith. He was superintendent of the Sunday School for years; also as a citizen he held the office of justice of the peace.

Information researched by Richard Paul Culler of Carrollton, Ohio



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100011254
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Helfrich (17 Mar 1818–5 Feb 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100011254, citing Grandview Cemetery, Carrollton, Carroll County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Names in Stone (contributor 47318282) .