Male 1876 - 1950


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Short History of David O. Jacobson

Written by Dan Jacobson, youngest son.

David O. Jacobson

by Dan Jacobson, son

He wore a moustache from the time Dan Jacobson remembered him, until they moved to South Jordan. He had 170 acre farm, he raised livestock in Vernal (3 1/2 miles southwest of Vernal). The neighbors were Will McKee and John Cook. Aunt Sophie lived west of us a quarter of a mile. Mr. Billings lived 1/2 mile west, and east of us. Dad owned this farm. He lived in Jensen, Utah, 16 miles southeast of Vernal, before he lived in Vernal when he was married to Juliette Stevens. Then he moved to Glines Ward - this is where Dan was born. David O. Jacobson was, I believe, living in Glines Ward when Juliette died.

He raised sheep and cattle. Dad, Wells and Vernon, together they had 3,000 possibly 4,000 head of sheep. He had a threshing machine that he ran every year, doing custom threshing all over the valley. He hired an engineer, waterman, and four pitchers and a man to take care of the bagger and a man to run the toll wagon. A toll wagon is a wagon they hauled grain in for their threshing pay. He ran a threshing machine until 1927. (in the fall) On Ashley Creek, they had the threshing machine all ready to run, and threshed Vernon's grain and getting out of Vernon's place, they had to go up a dugway with the machine and the road was too steep to pull the separator so they hooked a long cable on the separator tongue and put the tractor up on top of the hill and just as they had the separator to the top of the hill, the cable broke, and the separator went back down the hill and ran off the hill and tipped over. This was the end of the threshing machine. Dad never had another thresher after this.

The most cattle he ever had was 50 head. Dad went to high school, and I believe the finished. He could read and write - was well educated.

He was quite active in church. He was a ward teacher, and in Sunday School Superintendency. He was First Counselor in the Young Men's Mutual and he was a member of the 97th quorum of Seventies. In later years he did sewing of quilt tops, and he also made aprons. He was very handy in sewing. When we were young, Dad made Christmas toys.

He had very good health. Until he was about 60 years old, he didn't know what it was to be sick. He didn't have too much recreation. Dad and mother went to ward dances and they would go to different people's homes to visit and spend the evening in a social. We had a very congenial, happy home. He worked at the smelter in Sandy, UT shortly after his first marriage.


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