The success that has attended the subject of this sketch is evidence sufficient of his ability, thrift, industry and energy. He owns a fine farm about three miles southwest from Nezperce, and here he has shown excellent qualifications to handle the resources of the country in a winning manner.

Jacob Nosbisch was born in Huttingen, the vicinity of Trier, in Prussia, Germany, on April 3, 1868, being the son of Nicholas and Mary Nosbisch, also natives of the same country. The mother died in January 1898, but the father is still living on the old home place, leading a retired life and being well to do. Our subject is the eldest of a family of seven children and the only one in the United States.

From the age of six to fourteen he attended public school in his native land, and at the age of seventeen started from Bremen on the steamer Nurenberge. The date of his voyage was October 28 and the landing in Baltimore was November 13, 1885. He came direct to Eagle Grove, Iowa, and attended school the first winter to learn English. He worked in different places in Iowa and in 1893 went to Chicago and worked in a garden and also attended the World’s FMr. That winter was spent in St. Joseph College, at Teutopolis, Illinois. In 1894 he returned to Iowa and farmed for himself until 1897. In September of that year he came to Uniontown, Washington, and in October to his present place. Here he has lived and labored since. His flax crop alone this year was nearly one thousand bushels, and he has other crops in proportion. Mr. Nosbisch also has stock and his is a fine and well kept farm.

He has maintained a clean record here and is well thought of by his neighbors and all who know him, being a man of excellent qualities and sound principles. He is a consistent member of the Catholic Church.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903