Jacob Agne, who enjoys more than local reputation as an architect, especially in the field of designing and
constructing residences and school buildings, has indeed made for himself a creditable position in the business
circles of Utica, his native city. He was born March 13, 1859, a son of Jacob Agne, a native of Rhein-Bavaria,
whose birth occurred near Zweibrücken, within a few miles of the spot where the French attempted to cross
the line during the Franco Prussian war. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Margaret Schiamp, was born in the
grand duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt, near Bingen-onthe-Rhine. Following their emigration to America they became residents
of Utica and while spending his youthful days under the parental roof Jacob Agne Jr., attended the public schools
and thus laid the foundation for his success in later life. He took up the study of architecture under William
H. Hamilton of this city and left his employ to enter the service of builders, with whom he was associated for
two years. He next became acquainted with A. I. Simmons, an architect, and during the three years spent in Mr.
Simmons' office perfected himself in the practical work of the profession. Ambitious, however, to engage in business
on his own account, he started out independently and within a few years had gained an enviable reputation through
his ability as manifest in the attractive appearance of the buildings erected according th his plans and under
his supervision, and various important contracts for notable buildings have been awarded him.
On the 16th of January, 1894, Mr. Agne was united in marriage to Miss Katharine Roberts, a daughter of Henry Roberts,
a hardware merchant of Utica, and to them has been born a son, Henry Roberts Ague. In his fraternal relations Mr.
Agne is a Mason and is also connected with the Royal Arcanum and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has served as chairman of the excise board of
Utica, and in 1894 received from Mayor Gibson appointment to the city civil service commission. He manifests a
public spirited devotion to the general good and cooperates intelligently and effectively in many movements instituted
to promote the welfare and upbuilding of the city along lines of material, political, social and moral progress.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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