Ernest Beers Jacobs

Ernest Beers Jacobs

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Dec 1927 (aged 69)
Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
Plot Oak Crest Abbey Mausoleum Sp 308
Memorial ID 27114929 · View Source
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h/o Carrie L Farwell

Birth: reportedly (?) Ernest Beers Jacobs was born July 20, 1858 in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, HOWEVER, parents were then living at distant Whiteside county, Illinois, he 1st of five known children. Middle name was from maternal great,great,grandmother, Betsy Beers.

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~ ~ ~ ~ House on lower right had once belonged to Mr. E. B. Jacobs at 322 west Chestnut in Carthage, Missouri. location: south west corner of Chestnut street at Garrison avenue.

Census: 1860, age 2 Union Grove township, Whiteside county, Illinois with parents & one younger sibling.

Census: 1870, age 12 Preston township, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & two younger siblings.

~ As a student in Class of 1878 of the new high school building in 1877 his grades were 90 and above, he later became cashier of the First National Bank, #3005, of Carthage and president of the Jasper County Bankers Association is one of the shrewdest financiers of the county.

The senior Mr. Jacobs, his father, reportedly, was one of the organizers of the First National Bank which was founded August 22, 1872 with Jesse Thacker president, J W Jacobs vice-president & D L Thomas cashier.

Census: 1880, age 21 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & three younger siblings, father a minister, Ernest, a Post Office clerk, home south Maple street.

From the archives of...
The Carthage Evening Press,
June 30, 1892


Ernest B. Jacobs was born in Chicago(sic?), July 20, 1858; came to Jasper county with his parents in 1868, and to Carthage in 1870. He attended the public schools of this city until the age of sixteen, when he commenced teaching school in our country districts.
Teaching school during the summer and attending our high school during the winter, occupied his time until he attained the age of 21, when he entered the Carthage post office, and acceptably served the public as assistant postmaster.
In 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Carrie L. Farwell, of this city.
Resigning his position in the post office in 1885, he entered the office of Wm E. Brinkerhoff. A vacancy soon after occurring in the First National Bank of which Mr. Brinkerhoff was president. Mr. Jacobs was appointed bookkeeper in that institution, and two years ago [1890] advanced to the position of assistant cashier, which office he now holds.
In 1889 he was elected city-treasurer on the Republican ticket, re-elected in 1890, and last April was elected for a third term by the greatest majority of any candidate on either ticket.
Mr. Jacobs is virtually a Jasper county boy and his extensive acquaintance and intimate knowledge of people especially adapts him for his present position.

MARCH 31, 1892

Mr. E. B. Jacobs elected city treasurer for the third term, was born in 1858 in Chicago and came with his parents to Jasper county in 1868 and to Carthage in 1870. He commenced teaching school in this county at the age of sixteen, following that avocation several years, and was then employed in the Carthage Post Office, as assistant postmaster, for six years, and has been assistant cashier of the First National Bank for over five years. During that time he has been the custodian of the city funds for three years and now takes the place for another two years.

~ 1st photo at right accompanied this newspaper story

Served as Carthage mayor starting 1894 following term of W W Calhoon during the years the new county courthouse was built.

~ The newly elected directors of the First National Bank held a meeting last night and elected officers for 1898. Wm. E. Brinkerhoff was re-elected president; Cashier V. A. Wallace was elected vice-president, and ex-Mayor E. B. Jacobs was promoted from assistant cashier to cashier, see bank note at right. The promotions were made to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. C. L. Bartlett who was vice-president. (Mornin' Mail)

Census: 1900, age 41 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife, her mother & two kids at 601 Howard avenue, bank cashier. Noted was: had two children with two surviving.

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Tribute to Mr. Jacobs published in the April 7, 1903 Carthage Evening Press newspaper

Elks Gave E. B. Jacobs a Handsome Jeweled Emblem

Judge Bright's Glowing Tribute - Officers Installed - Ten New Candidates - Big Dance Easter Monday.

The Elks of Carthage installed officers last night, and the retiring exalted ruler, E. B. Jacobs who has served three years, was presented with a handsome and costly lodge emblem in the form of a watch fob. The ribbon supports and Elk tooth surmounted by an Elk head in gold, set with three diamonds. The emblem is engraved "No. 529, to E. B. Jacobs."
Judge H. L. Bright, the retiring lecturing knight of the lodge and the new loyal knight, was equal to the occasion with one of his eloquent tributes which so beautifully and truly expressed the lodge sentiment that it is given here entire.
"There is nothing nobler than to honor our benefactors. Where a man has faithfully and satisfactorily done his duty it is fitting for the recipients of this favor to express their appreciation. Gratitude is the sweetest flower that blossoms in the human heart. At this hour the heart of every Carthage Elk is filled with gratitude to brother Ernest B. Jacobs for his meritorious services.
"Brother Jacobs, you have served as exalted ruler of our lodge and as president of our Elk's club corporation. In each capacity you have faithfully discharged your duty. As exalted ruler of the lodge you have presided over our deliberations with dignity, patience, wisdom and impartiality. As president of the corporation you evolved order out of chaos, exercised a general supervision over the construction of our club house and brought our financial affairs to their present satisfactory condition. No man was ever more devoted to his own affairs than you have been to our interests.
"When we chose you exalted ruler three years ago we were few in numbers. Today we are 40 strong. When we made you our leader we had no quarters of our own. Today we possess one of the finest club houses in all this broad land. At that time we were in the valley of despair. At the present time we are on the mountain heights of joy. When you became exalted ruler of our lodge Elkdom in Carthage we well nigh a reproach.
"Today Elkdom in this city is synonymous with morality, integrity and sterling manhood. By your exemplary conduct the principles of our order, charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity, have been more firmly impressed upon the lives of those who gather at our altar. The standard of this lodge has been advanced during your administration until today there is no nobler body of men that which assembles here. Our marvelous growth and superb prosperity is due to your unselfish and never ceasing efforts to promote our welfare. We will ever hold you in affectionate remembrance.
"And now, Brother Jacobs in behalf of Carthage lodge No. 529 I have the honor and pleasure to present you this testimonial of their appreciation and esteem. It represents the sincere friendship and best wishes of this lodge. In the years that stretch out before you we will follow you with unfaltering, brotherly interests, and may you achieve life's truest joy and noblest success."
Mr. Jacobs responded briefly, as best his emotions permitted.
It is the intention, as set forth in the retiring ruler's farewell, to clear the Elk club of indebtedness in the next year and to that end it was inspiring last night to receive an addition of ten new applicants for membership, all vigorous young men.
On suggestion of J. H. Enright, the lodge decided to give an after Easter dance next Monday night at the club house. A good orchestra will be engaged, tickets will be placed at $1 and the event will be made to fittingly close the dancing season. A committee composed of Ed Hall, George Parke and H. M. Cornell is in charge.
After business last night a collation of salads, sandwiches, coffee, salted peanuts, pickles, ice cream and cake was served by B. S. Briles in the banquet hall.
New officers were installed by the Elks last night as follows:
W. R. Logan, exalted ruler; R. W. Jay, esteemed leading knight; H. L. Bright, esteemed loyal knight; John H. Bailey, esteemed lecturing knight; Will C. Boon, secretary; G. W. Lawrence, treasurer.

~ served banks in Reeds, Alba, Jasper and others, some as assistant cashier.

Census: 1910, age 50 (name spelled Jacks), Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & two children, at 312 west Chestnut street, bank cashier.

Census: 1920, age 60 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with wife & two children, older one high school teacher, at 312 west Chestnut street.(Knell Funeral Home is currently located at 308 west Chestnut street)

Joplin Globe
11 January 1923

"Officers and-directors of the First National bank of Carthage re-elected, are: Robert T. Stlckney, chairman of the board; Howard Gray, president; W. R. Logan, vice president; E. B. Jacobs, cashier; J. T. Wallace and R. L. Shaffer, assistant cashier; Mr. Stickney, Mr. Gray, W R Logan and Mr. Jacobs, C. W. Rinehart, Millard Bryan, G. C. Kellogg, D. G. Wells and W. A. Rhea, directors."

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Prospecting on Leases Near Porto Rico and Duenweg.
A company of Carthage men, composing the Mutual Mining and Prospecting Co., made a good strike in its second drill hole on twenty acre lease which it holds on the Tell land at the four corners near Porto Rico. A fifteen foot face of jack and lead was struck at 175 feet.
Other drill holes are to be put down. This company also has an 18 acre lease near Duenweg which it has begun to prospect. The company is composed of J.E. Bell, E.S. Williams, J.P. Leggett, C.B. Platt, M.J. McClurg, Robt. Stickney, E.B. Jacobs, A.L. Olive, C.J. Smith, W.S. Burch, H.A. Wolcott and a Montana gentleman who is a friend of one of the resident members of the company. (Mornin' Mail)

He was married to Carrie Jacobs, who preceded him in death.

Death: He passed away on Dec. 24, 1927 at the age of 69 years, 5 months, and 4 days.
Burial was at Park Cemetery, Carthage, December 27, under the direction of Knell Mortuary. Missouri Death Certificate



Grew Up in Carthage and Had Been Connected With First National for 43 Years


death this morning claimed E. B. Jacobs, cashier of the First National bank and one of this city's foremost citizens. The end came at 11 o'clock at his home on Chestnut street.
Stricken by paralysis last Saturday night, Mr. Jacobs too a change for the worse yesterday afternoon and the buoyant but really faint hope of friends that he might recover, was abandoned.
News of his death, however, came as a shock to many of his friends. The death announcement was received with most sincere expressions of regret in business circles of the city.
Mr. Jacobs was one of the outstanding leaders in banking circles in southwest Missouri and was widely known among bankers throughout the state. He was vice president of the Missouri Banker's Association and next year would have been elected its president, had he lived. Locally few men were better known or more generally respected for sterling business integrity and ability.
Mr. Jacobs was 69 years old. The wealth of energy which he put behind is conduct of business affairs and his quick business stride belied his years and the casual acquaintance would have classed him as a much younger man.
The last year or more of Mr. Jacob's life was clouded with worry over the illness of his wife. Mrs. Jacobs died suddenly October 16 in a hospital in Kansas City. The loss of his life companion was a severe blow to Mr. Jacobs. Although he bore up bravely among business associates, close friends today attributed this loss as a most direct cause of his collapse.
In Mr. Jacobs' demise the city has lost one of its strongest characters and leaders. His place cannot readily be filled in the community.

Grew Up in Carthage
Mr. Jacobs was almost a native of Carthage. He had grown up with the city and throughout his business lifetime has been actively identified with progress here. Born in Chicago July 20, 1858 he came to Carthage with his parents while yet a small child. His earliest life here was spent on a farm northwest of Carthage. A few years later the family moved to Carthage and Mr. Jacobs received virtually all of his education in Carthage schools, being graduated from the Carthage High school here as a member of one of the early day high school classes.
His father, John W. Jacobs was a Methodist minister, a pioneer here and a leader in the community. The senior Mr. Jacobs was one of the organizers of the First National Bank which was founded August 22, 1872 and was its first vice president. This was the pioneer national bank [#3005] of Jasper county. The senior Mr. Jacobs was also a school teacher and was this county's first superintendent of schools, taking that position in 1870. He published for some years here a religious paper which he founded, the Carthage Advance.
The son, following somewhat in his father's footsteps after his graduation from High school, taught school for a few years. In 1877, however, he became assistant postmaster here, serving in that capacity for eight years. Leaving that position he entered the First National Bank - April 1, 1884 - having decided to make banking his lifetime avocation. Capable and alert he applied himself vigorously and advanced through the ranks until in 1898 he became cashier. Filling that executive position since, he has been a dominant factor in the success and reputation which this bank has attained.

Served Term as Mayor
The bank cashier also was active in many other affairs. He served the city as mayor one term, being elected in 1894. It was during his administration that Central Park was laid out here, Mr. Jacobs largely sponsoring this municipal undertaking. He previously and afterward served the city as treasurer, having held that office first in 1890 when the city acquired its charter as a city of the third class. He was a Republican.
Many other activities claimed part of his attention. The Jasper Fair, afterward the Southwest District Fair and now the Ozark District Fair, owed much of its success to Mr. Jacobs' assistance as treasurer of the organization, which position he continued to hold at the time of his death. He also served on the school board a number of years and was treasurer when the district built its present High School building.
Mr. Jacobs was interested in a number of smaller banks of the county. At the time of his death he was cashier of the Bank of Alba and vice president of the First National Bank of Jasper.
He was an Elk and a prominent Mason, being past master of Carthage Lodge No. 197, A.F.& A.M.; past high priest of Meridian Sun chapter No. 61, Royal Arch Masons; past eminent commander of Jasper Commandery No. 31, a Knight Templar and also a member of Carthage Council No. 41 Royal and Select masters. He was a member of Ararat Shrine Temple at Kansas City.
Mr. Jacobs was married here to Miss Carrie Farwell, a member of a prominent Carthage family. Her death occurred recently as above referred to.
Surviving are two children, Mrs. Ernestine Jacobs Cannon of Norfolk, Virginia and Jay W. Jacobs of Paris, France. Both children are here, having been called to Carthage by their mother's death and to be with their father because of his bereavement.
One sister also survives, Mrs. E. G. Woodling of Stamford, Connecticut, a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jay W. Jacobs of Mobile, Alabama and a brother-in-law, John Crandall of Kansas City.

Funeral on Tuesday
The funeral will be at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. All banks of the city will close for the service. Other arrangements are incomplete. The casket will be placed in Oak Crest Abbey mausoleum in Park Cemetery.


Father: Rev John Wesley Jacobs b: 6 SEP 1823 Watertown, Jefferson county, New York.
Mother: Lucy Young b: 18 MAY 1834 Mount Gilead, Morrow county, Ohio.

2 known Children
Ernestine J. Jacobs Cannon b: JUN 1894 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri,~ ~ Norfolk, Virginia

Jay Wesley Jacobs b: JUN 1898 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri, ~ ~ Paris, France.

Special Notation, January 5, 2015:

"The original oil painting of Truman was purchased with support from Kansas City's William T. Kemper Foundation and will go on display in the National Portrait Gallery in 2015. The reproduction will hang permanently in the Library's Truman Forum.

""Truman posed for the portrait in the Cabinet Room of the White House shortly after becoming president in 1945. The artist was Jay Wesley Jacobs, born in Carthage, Missouri, a little more than two hours south of Truman's hometown of Independence.

"Life magazine featured the piece in a November 1945 edition, noting that "Truman himself likes the portrait, especially the eyes, but thinks it is too flattering. Mrs. Truman says she is crazy about it because it looks just like him."

"The publication added, "The President did not commission the portrait. It is being paid for by an old friend and it was planned to give the finished painting to members of the Senate where Truman has always had a lot of friends and where, now, he needs friends more than ever."

"Jacobs was one of the first artists to get Truman to sit for a portrait.

"The painting now joins the National Portrait Gallery and its America's Presidents exhibition, the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House. The gallery has a unique mission among U.S. museums: to reveal biography and history through the portraits of the men and women who have had an impact on American society, from the country's origins to the present day."

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