Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
JACOB P. WEBER, of the firm of
Weber Brothers, is one of the leading business men of Odessa. The
firm carries a large stock of hardware and implements and does an extensive
business throughout the country surrounding.
Jacob P. Weber was born in Bonhomme county,
South Dakota, on April 18, 1875, the son of Philip and Mary (Barreth) Weber.
The father was born in Russia of German ancestry and came to South Dakota
in 1874. He was one of the pioneer settlers of that section and became
a wealthy and prominent farmer. He is now deceased. The mother
of our subject was also born in Southern Russia and came with her people
to this country in 1874. Our subject studied in the common schools
of South Dakota, then worked on his father's farm until he was twenty-two
years of age. In 1897, he rented a farm in South Dakota and worked
the same for two years, then he came to where Odessa now stands and located
a homestead eight miles south. Later, he bought other land and continued
farming until 1901, when he came into Odessa and bought a furniture store
of John Reimann and also bought the harness stock of Charles L. Shaw.
He operated the two for some time, then sold the furniture establishment
and put in a large line of hardware and implements. In May, 1903,
he took four of his brothers in partnership with him, they being William,
Leo P., Christian and John. The firm does a large business and is
one of the leading establishments in this portion of the county.
Mr. Weber owns eighty acres of land and a good residence in Odessa in addition
to his mercantile business. The firm occupies two large store buildings
besides their warehouses.
In 1897, Mr. Weber married Miss Tressa, daughter
of Michael and Minnie (Sees) Patcer, natives of Russia and now dwelling
in South Dakota. Mrs. Weber was born in Russia of German ancestors.
To this couple two children have been born, Martha M. and Mary M.
Mr. Weber is a councilman of Odessa and a member of the A. O. U. W.
He and his wife belong to the German Congregational church and are highly