C. J. Jacoby Collection


C. J. Jacoby Collection


Jacob, Casper J., 1855-
Retail trade
Stores, Retail


Casper J. (or C. J.) Jacoby was born in 1855, one of eleven children of Henry and Katherine Peiter Jacoby of Brighton, Illinois. C. J. Jacoby attended public schools in Brighton and Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri.  He became a country school teacher, but after a year gave up that career to become a traveling salesman.  

In 1883 he established the first Jacoby store in Bunker Hill, combining furniture sales with undertaking.  His store soon offered carpets, wallpaper, pianos, organs, and sewing machines in addition to furniture.  In 1891 C. J., along with four brothers, Philip W., Henry C., Louis C. and William C., initiated a stock company; and in 1892 they established a second store in Jerseyville, Illinois.  Operating under the name Jacoby Brothers, the furniture and undertaking business provided a source of employment for the Jacoby siblings, with Louis Jacoby becoming the manager of the Jerseyville store.

In 1897, C. J. Jacoby opened a store in Alton.  C. J. left the management of the Jacoby Brothers’ stores in Bunker Hill and Jerseyville to his brothers, and began to operate the Alton store under the name of C. J. Jacoby and Company.  This store became the largest of the Jacoby stores.  In 1904 the store located itself at 627-629 East Second Street.  In 1925 Jacoby purchased the Alton Laundry Company building and the Dr. Wuellner building, which were next to each other on Broadway in Alton.  In November of 1930, a modern three story store was opened at the Broadway location.  In addition to the three furniture stores established, a fourth was opened in 1920 in Wood River.  Jacoby also purchased the Alton Hardware Company in 1917, which continued to operate as a hardware concern.

He married Anna D. Lippoldt (1858-1929) in 1882, also the child of German immigrants.  Together they had eight children: Oscar K. (1885-1905), Clara H., Effie F., Edwin L., Philip W., Caspar J., Jr., Verneda and Anna.  All the Jacoby children attended Central Wesleyan College.  Edwin, Philip and Caspar, Jr. inherited the operation of the Alton Store from their father as he entered retirement.  As of 1985, the grandchildren of C. J. Jacoby continued to operate the Alton store at 627 West Broadway. The Jacoby family donated the Broadway location the the Madison County Arts Council for use as the Jacoby Arts Center, which opened in 2004.

The finding aid for the C. J. Jacoby and Company (Alton, IL) Records, 1895-1939 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum may be found at https://illinois.as.atlas-sys.com/repositories/2/resources/236.

Photographs in this collection include family portraits and images of Jacoby family real estate holdings including a home in Vero Beach, Florida, and the Alton, Illinois store.


Manuscript: BC102
Audiovisual: B-5325, B-5326

Collection Items

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and Sons
Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. sits for a portrait with his three sons, Edwin, Casper, Jr., and Philip.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and Family at Beach
Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and family members enjoy the water on an unidentified beach.

Jacoby Family
Members of the Jacoby family pose for a family portrait outside a home. Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and his wife Anna D. Lippoldt Jacoby sit in the center of the photo.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and Grandchildren
Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. poses for a photo with his eleven grandchildren. The verso contains a full listing of four generations of Jacoby family members.On verso: "Great-Grandparents; Henry Jacoby, 1819-10-07 - 1885-12-09; Katherine Jacoby, 1824-03-06 -…

Jacoby Brothers
The five Jacoby brothers, Casper J. Jacoby, Sr., Philip W. Jacoby, Henry C. Jacoby, Louis C. Jacoby, and William C. Jacoby pose for a photograph at a Jacoby Brothers stockholders meeting.Pictured (l-r): Casper J. Jacoby, Henry C. Jacoby, Philip W.…

Judge Louis Bernreuter and Family
Judge Louis Bernreuter sits for a portrait with his wife, Wilhelmina, and children, Ruth and Edward.

C. J. Jacoby & Company Store
An exterior view shows the C. J. Jacoby furniture store in Alton.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. Home
An exterior view shows a large porch on the front of Casper J. Jacoby, Sr.'s home in Alton.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr.'s Winter Home
An exterior view shows a sandy area surrounding Casper J. Jacoby, Sr.'s winter home located in Vero Beach, Florida.

Crowd in Front of Church
A large group of people stand in the street in front of a church during an unidentified event posing for a photo.

C. J. Jacoby & Company Store Opening Day
An aerial view shows the interior ofthe C. J. Jacoby furniture store in Alton featuring several living room furniture pieces on opening day.

Bandstand Memorial
A street view shows a bandstand dedicated to the city of Bunker Hill by Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and Anna D. Lippoldt Jacoby in memory of their son, Oscar.

Vero Day
Fourteen men and women, and one child, pose for a photo in Chautauqua. Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. is pictured standing, fourth from the right.

College Heights Entrance
Three girls stand under or next to an arch designating the entrance to C. J. Jacoby's College Heights real estate development in Vero Beach, Florida.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr., Anna D. Lippoldt Jacoby, and William C. Jacoby
Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. and Anna D. Lippoldt Jacoby sit in a cart pulled by a pair of cattle while visiting the Rhine in Germany with William C. Jacoby.

Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. Advertisement
An advertisement for Casper J. Jacoby, Sr. details his progression in life and in business. Additional writing attached to this postcard reads, "This panorama is not given to exalt our success but to honor God for his blessings."
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