Thursday, February 16, 1933
N. A. JACOBSEN DIES AT AGE OF EIGHTY-FIVE
WAS RESIDENT OF IDAHO 61 YEARS-PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF FRUIT INDUSTRY HERE-SHIPPED FIRST CAR OF PRUNES FROM IDAHO.
Nicolas Adolph Jacobsen, one of the early settlers of the Payette valley, and for 61 years a resident of Idaho, passed peacefully from this life at his home in Payette Friday evening, February 10th at the age of eighty-five years. Death came following an illness of three weeks, suffering from complications incidental to his advanced years, thus removing from this community a man of sterling character, a man who has always been held in high regard for his integrity and good business judgment.
Mr. Jacobsen was born at Kappein ad Schlei, Schleswig-Holstin, Germany, October 6th, 1847, where he grew to manhood and received his education. At the age of 25 he came to America and directly to Idaho. His first occupation was operating the old Washoe ferry, owned by Mr. Olds who also owned the ferry across the Snake river between Weiser and Huntington. Later he became engaged in the cattle business in the Payette valley, finding a market in the Boise Basin during the gold mining days. He also served as Pioneer Justice of the Peace.
September 4th, 1879 he was united in marriage to Annie Hansen at Idaho City and at the time came to the Payette valley and settled on a ranch three miles southeast of Payette, and a few years later, in 1885, purchased the ranch adjoining the city of Payette, where he has since resided until the time of his death.
Mr. Jacobsen has always taken a deep interest in the upbuilding of Payete and surrounding country. He is primarily responsible for the development of the fruit industry in this part of Idaho, planting one, the first prune orchard, a goodly number of acres, and shipped the first car of prunes from the Payette valley. His venture proved a profitable one which he followed for many years and which together with his good judgment, practical ideas and economy is management, accumulated for him considerable amount of wealth. His motto in life was honesty and economy. He believed in saving and preparing for his declining years which he has so greatly enjoyed, but not at the expense or inconvenience of others. To the unfortunate he was generous, almost to a fault. During the recent campaign to provide funds for the associated charity, besides contributing freely, he gave free of charge, the use of two of his buildings on Main street and took a deep interest in the work of the campaign to provide funds. Having faith in the future of Idaho during the early days, Mr. Jacobsen took an active part in building the city of Payette and there stands today numerous business buildings as monuments of his good works.
Besides his wife, Annie Jacobsen, he is survived by one son, Dr. A. M. Jacobsen of Pocatello, two daughters, Mrs. John W. Sur of Payette and Mrs. A. E. Steele of San Francisco. Four grandchildren, Mrs. E. Russell Moulton of Payette, Mrs. P. W. Huschke of Long Beach, Calif., Noland Jacobsen and Wilma Jacabsen of Payette. There are also three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the family home Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock where many sorrowing friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed friend. He floral offerings were in abundance and were most beautiful. The service was in charge of Rev. Taylor, rector of the Episcopal church. Music was by Mrs. Bernard Eastman who sang two appropriate numbers, accompanied by Mrs. Masonheimer. The pallbearers were L. V. Patch, J. C. Baldridge, K. L. Johnson, E. H. Murphy, W. J. Hughes and A. L. Pence. The honorary pallbearers were W. A. Coughanour, D. C. Chase, W. H. Farber, Burt Venable
Wm. Maule, W. H. Platt, Albert Wilson, J. S. Thurston. The body was laid to rest in the Riverside cemetery in the family lot beside one son, Carl, and daughter, Ollie, who preceded him in death.