Biography of Abraham Jacobs
Wayne County, MI Biographies

JACOBS, Abraham, investments, retired manufacturer; born, Swak, Russia, Feb. 15, 1856; son of Aaron and Fannie (Jacobs) Jacobs; educated in public schools of New York and Washington, D. C.; married, Feb. 29, 1879, Etta Goldstein, of Syracuse, N. Y.; 8 children: Charles L., Sadie (Mrs. Alexander Friedman), Harry, Rose, Edward, Mabel, Sydney, Lucille. Came to United States, 1866, with parents, who located in New York and later removed to Washington, D. C.; settled in Detroit, 1868, and became connected as errand boy with Edson, Moore & Co., wholesale dry goods, continuing for 1 year; then with Thomas Walsh & Co., auctioneers, 3 years; started dry goods business in St. Clair, Mich., 1879; removed to Detroit, 1883, and engaged for 21 years in wholesale men's furnishing business and as clothing manufacturer under title of A. Jacobs & Co.; retired from active business on acount of ill health, 1904, but name of A. Jacobs & Co. still continues as brokers in real estate, bonds and mortgages. Was the originator of the central heating system now applied in Detroit; obtained first franchise to lay heating pipes through the streets, particularly in the East End; is the only individual in the United States who has been granted a franchise to install public heating and lighting in a city the size of Detroit; disposed of his heating and lighting interests 9 years ago. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Republican. Jewish religion. Vice president Shaarey Ardek Congregation; member B'nai B'rith, Free Sons of Israel. Recreation: traveling. Office: 180 Jefferson Ave. Residence: 52 Alfred St.

The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

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