Biography of Jacob F. Humbert


Humbert, Jacob F., Clarence, was born in the town of Amherst, November 24, 1845, and is of French parentage. His father, Sebastian Humbert, came from France in 1832 and settled in the above town, where he engaged in farming, near Getzville. He married Mary Bogard, also a native of France, and they had six children, of whom Jacob F. was the third. Mr. Humbert died in 1894 and his wife died in 1897 in Tonawanda. Jacob F. Humbert received his education at the Getzville school and until 1863 remained at home occupied in farm work. At that time (though only a boy) he enlisted in the 100th N. Y. Vols., Co. G, and served with distinction until the close of the war in 1865, when he returned home and entered into the farm work until 1870, when he bought a farm near Clarence village and devoted the next succeeding eight years to that industry. He then embarked in a general store in Clarence and continued successfully until 1894, when disaster in the way of fire burned the store and put an end to the enterprise. He then began the manufacture of oak stave baskets, which he still carries on to considerable extent. Mr. Humbert has always been an active Republican and has been honored with many important trusts. He has served as a delegate to county, congressional and State conventions for the past twenty years, also as postmaster under President Harrison. In 1886 his town elected him supervisor and retained him for five successive terms. While a member of that body he was made a member of many of the most important committees, among them that of city and town assessments; he has also been a member of the Board of Excise. Besides his manufacturing business Mr. Humbert is a stockholder in the Clarence Gas Company. He is a member of Ransom Post No. 432, G. A. R., at Clarence. He married in 1869 Louise B., daughter of Christian and Fredericka Kibler of Amherst, and they have four children, Amma B., Nellie A., Arthur F. and Jennie M., all living.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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