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Jerico Springs,
Robert E Jacobs arrived in Jerico Springs,
Cedar County, Missouri in 1933 with his younger
brother Edgar and mother Helen, who had married
Fred W Krauss, of Jerico Springs.
Cedar Hall School 1935
Back Row L-R
Lewis Wolf, Robert E (Gene) Jacobs, Charles Boston,
Mae Boston, Maxine Brown (Teacher) Ruth Naselroad,
Helen Ballard and Leo Edwards.

Middle Row L-R:
Nellie Boston, Edith Wolf, Esther Orendorf,
Meridith Ballard, Marguerite Wolf and Russell Boston.

Front row L-R:
Edgar Jacobs, Jack Naselroad, ? McPhearson,
Laura McPhearson, Ethel Wolf, Rosalee Ballard
and Edith Fern Ballard.
In 1943, the Jacobs brothers, Gene at 16 years of age and Edgar at 14,
left the farm in Jerico Springs, in search of work.
Traveling alone on a bus, first to Booneville, Mo, then to Columbia, Mo and finally, Kansas City.
Gene found work on a farm owned by Mr. Henry Cannon of Platte City, Mo  for $1.50 per day.
Edgar found work in Liberty, Mo as a handy man making about the same wage.

Gene left the Platte City farm after three weeks and worked at Staley Mills, then Kansas
City Southern Railway for a few months. In the fall of 1943, Gene found work at the
North American Aviation factory in the Fairfax District of Kansas City, Kansas,
building B-25 Mitchell bombers. Gene worked there for over a year
and was then hired by the
CB&Q Railroad in the fall of 1944.

Edgar was hired in 1945 by Safeway, Kansas City, Mo as a truck driver.
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