|ELIAS JACOBUS, carpenter and joiner, Oregon; born April 2, 1833, in Essex Co., N.J. learned his trade in Newark, beginning at 15, served a six years’ apprenticeship, at $30 per year and found.
In the fall of 1855, he descended from the stage at Rome Corners; it was almost like stopping in the forest, as part of the hotel and a new store comprised the village. The land where his home stands was an oat-field hedged in by woods; he spent the winter here, assisting the Postmaster during the day and bunking on the counter at night.
He began job work the next spring and followed it most successfully until his enlistment, January, 1864, in Co. H, 8th W. V. I; was at once assigned to the pioneer corps, and built bridges, etc., till the close of hostilities.
He married in Newark, N.J., April 16, 1857, Virginia Reynolds, born June 1, 1834, in Jersey City; they have five children-Anna M., Charles C., Willie A. Garrett H. and Emily V.; Charles C. was born in Bloomfield, N.J., and the others in Oregon. Since the war, Mr. Jacobus has made a competency for his family as a contractor and builder. He is a Republican, and a member, as is his wife of the Presbyterian Church; is also a member of the A., F. & A. M., and the A. O. U. W. Lodges of Oregon. Jacobus built the first Presbyterian Church in Oregon.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1243.