Biography - JACOB H. BAISCH
This prominent citizen of Ottawa, LaSalle county, was born November 15, 1858, in this place, which he has always looked upon as his home. He is a son of Jacob Baisch, who was born in Germany, where he passed twenty-seven years of his life. Then crossing the Atlantic, he landed in New York city, where he resided for some time, while there he married Miss Caroline Raisling, and in 1850 they came to Ottawa. Later, in 1888, this worthy couple removed to Madison county, Nebraska. The father is a loyal citizen of this his adopted country, and reared his children to the same high standard of patriotism. Two of his sons are now living- in Nebraska, - Joseph in the town of Broken Bow, Custer county, and Fred in Madison, Madison county. The only daughter, Christiana, is the wife of William Fletcher.
Jacob H. Baisch, of this sketch, is fortunate in being almost equally proficient and familiar with both the English and German languages. After completing his public school education in Ottawa he commenced learning the trade of cigarmaker, at which calling he was employed from 1874 until 1888. He was associated with W. F. Fletcher in the cigar business from 1886 to 1888, and met with success, and since 1888 he has been located at 800 Jackson street in the saloon business.
At the age of twenty-five years Mr. Baisch married Miss Adaline Meyer, a daughter of Joseph Meyer, of this town. They have one child, Lottie B., now in her fourteenth year, and a promising student in the local schools. Following the example of his father, Mr. Baisch is an ardent adherent of the Republican party. Socially he is identified with the German Benevolent Order and the United American Workmen. He enjoys the friendship of a large circle of acquaintances, who one and all united in wishing him well and in praising his sterling qualities.
Extracted by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois published in 1900, volume 1, pages 192-193.