JACOB WAYMIRE GRAVESTONE PHOTO
Linn County Republic, Friday, Feb. 1,
UNCLE JACOB WAYMIRE.
OLD SETTLER WHO LIVES IN
always been a friend of the
ever since it has
The subject of this sketch
was a very welcome visitor at the REPUBLIC office Monday and furnished us with
the following information concerning his life.
He was born of the highest German
ancestry in Fountain county, Indiana February 14, (St. Valentine’s Day) 1831,
and is nearly seventy-six years old, and was reared in Madison county of the
same state. His parents were pioneers in the good Hosier state and
“Uncle Jakey” was a tiller of the soil from his boyhood until 1892. On
October 28, 1851 he was united in marriage to Emily R. Beeler, who was the
daughter of a properous farmer in the county of Wayne.
In 1851 they moved to Linn county
with their little family and pre-empted the farm in Centerville township now
known as the Hoag farm and later moved to Wall Street and converted another
portion of wild land into a farm and happy home. In the darkest hour of
his country, in the spring of 1862, he heeded “Father Abraham’s call for
300,000 men and enlisted in Co. G, 12th regiment Kansas infantry volunteers.
His regiment was a part of General Steele’s command in the Red river
expedition in Arkansas and he was severely wounded at the battle of Jenkins
Ferry on April 30, 1864. On July 1, 1865 he was honorably discharged at
Fort Leavenworth Kansas, with a soldier record, given only to those who had
served their country faithfully during their terms of enlistment.
Nine children were born to their
union, five girls and four boys, only one girl and three boys are now living,
Geo. W. of Pleasanton, Kansas; Noah, of Hoquiam, Washington; Wm. W. Tocoma,
Washington, and Hattie E. Hubbard of Kansas City, Mo.
In 1892 he was elected Probate
Judge of Linn county, and was re-elected in 1894, serving two terms, from 1893
to 1897. He moved to Mound city in 1892, soon after his first election to
office since which time he has resided here. He owns a comfortable home
and draws a pension from a grateful country.
When the first newspaper in Linn
county was established, The Linn County Herald at Mound City in 1860, he, having
more wood than cash, hauled a load with an ox team from the Marais des Cygne
river to Mound City on a winter day to pay his subscription to the paper, and
ever since although many editors and several changes of the name of the paper
have intervened, “Uncle Jakey” has stood as faithful to his home sheet as
his country and family. Next summer they will hold semi-centennial
anniversary celebration of their settlement in Linn county and that, will be a
record breaking event of good fellowship, congratulations, gayety and frolic.
These old boys, (heaven bless them) are always young until the reaper calls
them. All wished them joy at their marriage and all wish them joy and
happiness now. He is Mound City’s nicest valentine.