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 Jacob P. Goettel

Jacob P. Goettel

Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 12 Apr 1941 (aged 80)
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Burial Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 69468159 · View Source
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A really nice obituary for him appeared in the Syracuse Herald-American, Sunday, April 13, 1941, page 11-C:

Dies at 80
Jacob P. Goettel

J.P. Goettel
Services Set
For Monday

He Was for 64 Years
Leader in Syracuse's
Clothing Business

Funeral services for Jacob P. Goettel, for 64 years a leader in the men's clothing business in Syracuse, will be conducted at 11 A.M., Monday at the fu[n]eral chapel of Fairchild and Meech, 500 West Onondaga Street, by the Rev. Dr. Henry Wilder Foote, interim minister at May Memorial Unitarian Church.

Bearers will be Howard Garni, Edward Kuhn, Ernest Kuhn, Arthur Adams, Lance Edwards, Harry Cooke and Frank Stimson. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Goettel, 80, died after a long illness early Saturday at his home, 319 Highland Avenue. Before his retirement last fall, he was one of the oldest active merchants in South Salina Street as well as one of the best known.

He was born in Syracuse on March 11, 1861, a son of Jacob Goettel, building contractor, and Barbara Seybold Goettel.

He ran away from home at the age of 14 with the purpose, as he later expressed it, of "starting my career on my own two feet.["] His first job was with an itinerant fruit and confectionery dealer, working long hours at small pay.

The following year, in 1876, his employer secured him a job at the P.J. Brumelkamp haberdashery at 203 South Salina Street in the White Memorial Building. Working from 10 to 16 hours six days a week as salesman and errand boy, he drew a weekly salary of $1.50.

Industry, however, resulted in rapid advancement and in 1883 he bought the business from Mr. Brumelkamp. He continued trade at the same site for 48 years.

The firm was incorporated in July, 1931, and moved to 125 South Salina Street. Two years later, on Aug. 2, 1933, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the J. P. Goettel clothing store.

Surrounded by flowers from downtown competitors and well-wishers, he at that time expressed some of his views to a Syracuse Herald-Journal reporter, commenting:

"There is as much opportunity today for the youth with ambition as there ever was. I would advise a young man: Always do more than you are expected to do and if you see something that needs to be done, do it yourself.

"Make the right kind of friends and always keep them. My friendships, some of them carried for more than half a century, have meant more to me than any other thing."

These courageous remarks were made at a time when the country was suffering severe economic depression.

No immediate relatives survive. Since 1930, when he contracted pernicious anemia, Mr. Goettel had lived with a step-daughter, Mrs. William Blackwood Smith, at the Highland Avenue address. His health failed rapidly in recent years, and he never recovered from a severe attack of his illness suffered last September. The store closed the following month.

He was long a member of May Memorial Unitarian Church. His wide acquaintance and activity in civic affairs formerly led to membership in many organizations, among them the Citizens' Club, the Century Club and the Onondaga Golf Club.

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