|As a young child I would go to my grandparents, George and Dorothy Engel's house and look at what everyone called, the old |
stuff. I was amazed and intrigued about how much stuff my grandparents saved of their parents, grandparents and great, great
grandparents. I would always get out a large 15-20 inch thick scrapbook and read the newspaper articles, poems, letters, guest
books and look at the pictures from the everyday life of my ancestors. Little did I know how much this information would influence
me, not only with this web site but with almost every aspect of my life.
My grandmother would always tell me how our relatives were just normal everyday people but they possessed quality values
such as honor, dignity, respect and the most important value of all, trust. As I grew older the old stuff was in the back of my mind
but I did not or would not get involved in genealogy until later.
My mother, Ruth Jacobs was accepted into the Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the DAR in 1952. She was proud of the fact that
she had a direct descendant from the Revolutionary War, Capt Thomas Nichols of Charlemont, Massachusetts. To my mother,
this was the greatest thing that could have been bestowed upon her. She told me about her grandfather, EJ Engel being a ticket
agent for the ATS&F railroad in Argentine, Kansas or DT Nichols being an agent for the CB&Q and CRI&P railroad in Wyanet,
Illinois or his cross country journey via the Mormon, Oregon and California trails by mule in 1851.
I would also listen to my dad, Robert E Jacobs tell about his life on the farm in Jerico Springs Missouri. His solo move in 1943, at
16 years of age, with his younger brother Edgar, to work in the North American Aviation B-25 bomber factory in the Fairfax District
of Kansas City. His tenure at the railroad depot in Birmingham, being a police officer in Liberty, Missouri and his final employment
at Trans World Airlines
All of these stories about my relatives seemed really neat
but little did I know how much effect it would have upon my family and myself.