One of the leading merchants and the capable and popular postmaster of the village of Climax, this county, where
he has lived and been well and favorably known by the people for many years, Jacob P. Soes is a very useful citizen
and is universally esteemed in accordance with his demonstrated merits as a business man, public official and enterprisiug
and progressive citizen of public spirit and breadth of view.
Mr. Soes is a native of Denmark, where he was born Feb. 14, 1871, and where he lived until he reached the age of
seventeen years. He then emigrated to the United States in May, 1888, and came direct to Crookston. During the
first two years of his residence in this county he was employed at the Artesian Water Works, selling the water
all over Crookston. But he was frugal and thrifty, and had ambition for a higher sphere in life. So he saved his
earnings and applied them in preparing himself for a business career. He attended the Crookston Business college
nights, and when he had completed its course of instruction he entered the employ of A. G. Anderson in the drug
Mr. Soes remained with Mr. Anderson nine years, and during that period he pursued a course of thorough training
at the School of Pharmacy in Minneapolis, thereby becoming a registered pharmacist and a complete master of his
business. After leaving the employ of Mr. Anderson Mr. Soes made a visit of several months to his native land,
and on his return to Minnesota in the fail of 1901 he located at Climax and engaged in the drug business, also
serving as assistant postmaster under C. Steenerson for about twelve years.
At Christmas, 1914, he was appointed postmaster of Climax, and this office he has held ever since. He has also
been president of the village and a justice of the peace for a year. In these positions of trust and responsibility
he has been able to put into practical operation the deep and intelligent interest in the welfare of the community
which he has always felt and shown by active participation in every undertaking for the good of the people. He
was married in Crookston in 1904 to Miss Emma Oieren, who is a native of Minnesota but of Norwegian parentage.
Tbcy have two children, their daughters Myrtle and Evelyn. In addition to his business and other boldings in Climax
Mr. Soes owns 160 acres of land near the village of Erskine.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906