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 Reinhold Jacob

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Reinhold Jacob

  • Birth 18 Feb 1859 Ander, Goliad County, Texas, USA
  • Death 14 Aug 1940 Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 21508028

Reinhold Jacob was born to Henri and Agathe (Sifferlen) Jacob on Hoosier Creek near Ander, Goliad Co., Texas on Feb. 18, 1859. Reinhold became a Contractor, a bridge builder, house-mover and a custom boot-maker. After his marriage to Bertha Afflerbach in 1884, the Jacobs bought a half-block of land in Yorktown, Texas, and Reinhold built a two-room dog-run cabin on it. The first five of the Jacobs' children, all girls, were born to them in this small cabin. In 1894, Reinhold built a new, larger house on this same block of land. He later remodeled and enlarged this house considerably. Five more children were born to the Jacobs in the new house. Reinhold had a cobbler's shop near his home where he custom made boots and shoes. Reinhold built a cooler for his family to store meat and milk in the days before refrigeration. The cooler consisted of shelves housed in a wooden frame with a pan of water at the top. Cloths ran from the water down the sides of the shelves, keeping the food cool by evaporation. In 1904, Reinhold built a large wooden bridge over Coleto Creek in Yorktown, driving the support beams by hand. When this bridge was torn down in 1929 so that a concrete bridge could be built, it was found to be impossible to remove these beams. Many of them remain in place today. Reinhold also built smaller iron bridges, one of which remains in place in the Yorktown area today. He moved houses by jacking them up by hand with heavy iron jacks, then using rollers and mules to move them.

Bio by: Arlene Schroeder


FEB. 18, 1859
AUG. 14, 1940
MAR. 3, 1865
JUNE 1, 1936

  • Maintained by: Arlene Schroeder
  • Originally Created by: LarryC
  • Added: 12 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21508028
  • Arlene Schroeder
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reinhold Jacob (18 Feb 1859–14 Aug 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21508028, citing Westside Cemetery, Yorktown, DeWitt County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Arlene Schroeder (contributor 47042016) .