JACOB KLEIN, brick-maker, Cairo. Ill., a native of Bavaria, Germany, is the only living representative of a family of five children of Peter and Margaret Klein, who were born, married and died in the old country. Jacob was born on the 29th of May, 1825, and received a common German education, and was married to Agnes Zeller, in 1852, and two years later came to the United States, landing at New York on the 15th of July, 1854. He first located at Louisville, Ky., where he lived for about ten years, and where his wife died on the 18th of June, 1864, leaving two children — Annie, wife of Charles Rode, and Elizabeth, wife of Valentine Resch, of Cairo. He was married in Cairo in 1865, to the widow of Peter Kleiner, his deceased brother, with whom, in 1868, he visited the scenes of his boyhood in the old country. His second wife died in March, 1875, and he afterward married his present wife, Caroline Haller. She was born in Hamilton County, Ill., May 21, 1844. They have been blest with three children, viz.: Louisa, born August 15, 1876; Jacob A., born in October, 1878, and Emma C, born in January, 1881, died in September, 1882. Since coming to Cairo Mr. Klein has been engaged in brick manufacture, in which he has been very successful. He owns a quantity of city real estate, including four lots and buildings adjoining the court house, and about eight acres of land, including the family residence on the western side of the city, also a farm of eighty acres near Goose Island, in Alexander County. He is a member of the Fire Department, and the family are members of the Catholic Church.
Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 23.
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