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Jacob Von Tobel[1, 2]

Male 1839 - 1933  (93 years)


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  • Name Jacob Von Tobel 
    Born 26 Mar 1839  Zürich, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Address:
    Meilon Canton 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 50428 
    Died 2 Mar 1933  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 5 Mar 1933  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Address:
    Graceland Cemetery 
    Notes 

    • JACOB VON TOBEL


      JACOB VON TOBEL HAS GONE TO REST. HE PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME IN THIS CITY YESTERDAY MORNING, MARCH 2ND 1933, AT 5:20 O'CLOCK AT THE AGE OF 93 YEARS, 11 MONTHS AND 7 DAYS. HIS DEATH CAME AFTER AN ILLNESS OF ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MONTHS DURATION.


      MR. VON TOBEL WAS BORN MARCH 26 1839, IN MEILEN CANTON, ZURICH SWITZERLAND. HE RECEIVED HIS EARLY EDUCATION IN HIS NATIVE LAND, AND IT WAS THERE THAT HE TOOK UP THE TRADE OF CABINET MAKER. IN 1868, LURED PERHAPS BY THE LETTERS HIS FRIENDS SENT HIM ABOUT THE LAND BEYOND THE STORMFUL ATLANTIC, HE DECIDED TO MIGRATE TO AMERICA. THIS WAS ABOUT THE TIME THAT AMERICA WAS UNDERGOING MANY CHANGES DURING THE PERIOD OF RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS AMBITION-FIRED YOUNG CABINET MAKER, HOWEVER, SAW IN THIS LAND ONLY OPPORTUNITY, AS IT HAD NEVER BEEN OFFERED TO HIM BEFORE.


      UPON HIS ARRIVAL IN AMERICA HE CAME DIRECTLY TO FAIRBURY. HERE HE FOLLOWED THE TRADE OF CABINET MAKER FOR A TIME AND AFTER A FEW YEARS ENGAGED IN BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF. AFTER A TIME HE BROADENED HIS BUSINESS TO INCLUDE BUILDING OPERATIONS, AND ONE OF HIS FIRST UNDERTAKINGS WAS THE REMODELING OF THE OLD MITCHELL HOUSE, WHICH LATER CAME TO BE KNOWN AS THE FAIRBURY HOUSE.


      EVER PROGRESSIVE IN SPIRIT MR. VON TOBEL BECAME A LEADER IN BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN THIS COMMUNITY. HIS NEXT MOVE WAS HIS ENTRANCE INTO THE LUMBER AND BUILDING MATERIAL BUSINESS IN THIS CITY. HIS FIRST YARD WAS LOCATED ON WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS CENTRAL PARK. IT TOOK IN THIS ENTIRE SPACE BEFORE ITS EXPANSION WAS COMPLETE. IN 1900 HE WAS READY TO RETIRE. HIS SON-IN-LAW, J. N. BACH, CARRIED ON THE BUSINESS WHICH HE LEFT, AND THE BUSINESS HE FOUNDED IS STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY.


      ON MARCH 19 1871, MR. VON TOBEL WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MISS CATHERINE KELLER, A GIRL FROM HIS NATIVE LAND. MR. AND MRS. VON TOBEL WERE THE PARENTS OF TWELVE CHILDREN, FOUR OF WHOM SURVIVE. HE ALSO LEAVES A SISTER, SUSAN VON TOBEL, WHO HAS MADE HER HOME WITH HIM FOR MANY YEARS; TWENTY-ONE GRANDCHILDREN AND NINE GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.


      MR. VON TOBEL SO LIVED HIS LIFE THAT ANYONE MIGHT WELL PROFIT BY HIS EXAMPLE. FAIR IN HIS BUSINESS DEALINGS, KIND TO HIS FAMILY, LOYAL TO HIS FRIENDS AND TRUE TO HIS FAITH, HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A MAN AMONG MEN.


      HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND ONE OF ITS MOST FAITHFUL MEMBERS AND FOLLOWERS. FOR MANY YEARS, UNTIL HIS INCREASING YEARS WOULD NO LONGER PERMIT HIM TO OFFICIATE, HE WAS A PREACHER IN THE LOCAL CHURCH. UNDER HIS GUIDANCE THE CHURCH GREW TO BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST BODIES IN THIS COMMUNITY.


      HIS FRIENDS HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED PASSING HIS WAY AND IN THESE LATER YEARS IT WAS A REAL SATISFACTION TO HEAR HIS ASSURANCE OF THE FUTURE WHEN THEY PAUSED TO PASS THE TIME OF DAY WITH HIM. ALWAYS HIS ANSWER WAS THE SAME TO THE QUESTION OF "GOOD MORNING. MR. VON TOBEL, HOW ARE YOU?"


      "WELL, THANK YOU. BUT I AM AN OLD MAN NOW, AND I HAVE LIVED A LONG LIFE AND I AM READY TO GO."


      FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD FROM THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH SUNDAY, WITH BURIAL AT GRACELAND CEMETERY.
    Person ID I50274  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2016 

    Father Henry Von Tobel 
    Mother Susan Guth Wanten 
    Family ID F33696  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katharina Keller,   b. 2 Nov 1843, Dübendorf, Zürich, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1921, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1871  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Louise Von Tobel
     2. Edward Von Tobel,   b. 29 Apr 1873, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1967, Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     3. Lydia Von Tobel,   b. 22 Dec 1874, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1966, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. Johnnie Von Tobel,   b. 1877,   d. 1886  (Age 9 years)
     5. Paul Von Tobel,   b. 16 Dec 1879, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1955, Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. Jackie Von Tobel,   b. 1886,   d. 1893  (Age 7 years)
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2016 14:48:01 
    Family ID F20260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Jacob Von Tobel.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S724] The Keller Family.

    2. [S256] Graceland Cemetery Records.

    3. [S702] The Bach, Scharlach, and Von Tobel Families.

    4. [S1090] Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947.