Jacob Strieb, one of the progressive and practical farmers of Wolf River township, Doniphan county, was born in Hamilton, Ohio, August 20, 1854, and soon afterward was taken by his parents to Henry county, Indiana. His father, George Strieb, was born in Baden, Germany, in the year 1829, and died in Doniphan county, Kansas, April 15, 1892. He left the fatherland about the time he obtained his majority and on crossing the ocean to the new world took up his residence in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he found work in a slaughter house, subsequently was employed in a stone quarry and later had the position of pilot on the Cincinnati & Albany canal. About this time his betrothed, Elizabeth Stader, came from her home in Germany to meet him and they were married. Just prior to the civil war they removed to Indiana, establishing their home near Newcastle. For some years Mr. George Strieb worked as a laborer, securing employment in any way that he could that would yield him an honest living. He managed to save some money, however, and just before the outbreak of the civil war he invested his savings of years in a small farm in Henry county, with the idea that his capital would be safer in real estate than in state bank script. Since that time he has devoted his energies to agricultural interests. Success attended his efforts and with a few thousand dollars which he had accumulated he came to Doniphan county and purchased land. Later he added to his property and when he died he was worth not less than twenty-five thousand dollars. He was the father of two sons and two daughters Jacob, the subject of this sketch; Mary, who resides in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is the wife of John Roth; Lizzie, the wife of Walter Brant, of Robinson, Kansas; and John G., one of the substantial young farmers of Leona.
Jacob Strieb was a youth of fifteen years when he came with his parents to Doniphan county. He received only a limited education in the district schools and throughout his business career has carried on agricultural pursuits. He scorns not that righteous labor which is an indispensable element in success. He is energetic, persevering and reliable, and these qualities have brought him a handsome competence. As the years have passed he has increased his possessions. He began life with a forty-acre farm and now has two hundred acres in Doniphan county, eighty acres near Hiawatha, a half-section in Rooks county, Kansas, and has just completed a residence in Hiawatha at a cost of five thousand dollars. There he intends to make his future home.
On the 23d of February, 1882, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Strieb and Miss Hattie Maurer, a daughter of John Maurer. She was born in Snyder county, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1858, and by her marriage has become the mother of five children, -- four daughters and a son, -- namely: Cora, Ella, Sadie, Pearl and George. In his political affiliations Mr. Strieb is a Republican, but has always been content with casting his ballot for the men and measures of the party, leaving office holding to others. His practical business methods have resulted in bringing to him a comfortable competence and the history of his career proves that a determined purpose and laudable ambition will secure the success for which all men are striving.