North Powder, Union County, Oregon

Jacob Thomas Hobbs was born July 25th, 1839, in Battes County, Missouri, and died at North Powder, Oregon, Sunday morning, May the 25th. A post mortem examination showed that death was due to cancer of the liver.

When a boy of 13, Mr. Hobbs went to California making the trip by way of Cape Horn. This was in the historical year of 1852. Later he returned to New York and thence to Missouri, where he was married to his childhood friend, Mary Estes, 52 years ago.

Mr. Hobbs made the trip across the plains in a “prairie schooner” four different times, the first time driving a bunch of cattle. Also he drove, with his family from Colorado to Nevada, from Nevada to Montana and from Montana to New Mexico.

Mr. Hobbs is survived by his wife, four of the nine children born to them, and by three sisters and a brother. He was bedfast seven weeks during his last illness, and without nourishment twenty days.

The tribute the son pays his father’s memory is this, “He never lived any place he couldn’t go back and find a welcome.”

North Powder News
Saturday, June 1, 1918