A sturdy son of the fatherland who is now one of the most substantial, intelligent, progressive and well to do citizens and agriculturists to be found in Nez Perces County is the subject of this article and an epitome of the salient points of his career will be interesting reading.
Jacob Haeberle was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, on December 19, 1858, being the son of John Jacob and Julia M. (Mueller) Haeberle, both natives of Goppingen, in Wurtemberg. The father was a farmer and butcher and was a sharpshooter from 1846 to 1852. The mother of our subject was born June 22, 1837, was married in 1856 and died January 15, 1885. Her father was a butcher.
Jacob was raised in Goppingen, and there he was educated in the public schools, gaining also excellent training from a wise father, both in farming and butchering. When twenty-two he had a butcher shop for himself and did a good business, buying and selling stock. In 1885 ne came to New York and soon returned and brought his family over, settlement being made in Indiana.
In 1888 he migrated to Colfax, Whitman County, and there freighted. It was 1891 that Mr. Haeberle moved to Genesee, where he spent one year on a farm. The next year he rented a farm in Tammany hollow, near Lewiston, and in the spring of 1896 came to the reservation, took a quarter section and improved it in fine shape. On August 1, 1902, Mr. Haeberle sold this farm to an Iowa home seeker, H. M. Flueharty, and bought where he now lives, three miles northeast from Gifford. He owns one hundred and thirty-four acres and rents seven hundred from the Indians. He raises flax and the cereals on this fine estate and is doing well. Mr. Haeberle has one brother, Otto, who is his partner in renting land.
In Goppingen on November 23, 1880, Mr. Haeberle married Miss Paulina, daughter of George and Katrina (Weidler) Kraft. Her father was a railroad watchman for twenty-eight years. Mrs. Haeberle was born in the vicinity of Goppingen and has two brothers, William, a preacher in the Christian Church; Christian, a first class mechanic in Germany. Six children have been born to this happy household, Rose, wife of John Nestlen, a farmer near Rosetta: Mary, Charles, Kate, Otto, and Bertha.
Mr. Haeberle is independent in politics and is always allied on the side of progression. He is a skillful operator in farming and a keen and far seeing business man, whose labors and wisdom have accumulated a fine holding for him.
Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903