Jacob Schaetzel, Jr.

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“By his life’s labors Jacob Schaetzel, Jr., has contributed much toward the development of Sioux Falls, serving as its first mayor in 1882-3-4.

Mr. Schaetzel was born on a farm in Washington county, Wisconson, May 16, 1850, the son of Jacob and Katherine (Kissinger) Schaetzel, both of whom were born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany.

Jacob Schaetzel, Jr., attended country school in Washington county and rounded out his education with a course at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconson. He left that institution in June, 1868, joining his parents, who then lived near Freeport, Illinois, and he remained upon the farm for five months. He then secured employment as a clerk in a general merchandise store in Freeport, where he remained for a period of six years, gaining practical and valuable knowledge along commercial lines. In September, 1875, he came to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but shortly afterward returned to his home in Illinois. However, he was favorably impressed with the opportunities which the young village of two hundred and fifty people offered, and in March, 1876, returned to make his permanent residence here. He is therefore one of the early pioneers of Sioux Falls and his active career is closely intertwined with its history of advancement. For a few years Mr. Schaetzel gave his attention to the real-estate and insurance business and also engaged in shipping horses. For a time he conducted a livery and sale stable in Sioux Falls and has gradually become connected with a number of important business enterprises. He also owns valuable property and is a stockholder in a number of industries and financial concerns. Among other interests with which he is connected is the Irene State Bank, of Irene, South Dakota, of which he is president. He has shown himself able in all situations and impeccable in all business deals. While he has made his way to the fore he has always been considerate of the interests of others and has been a real builder of success, whos path to fortune has not been strewn with the wreck of others. He has not only built for himself but for the greatness of this state and for generations which now enjoy such prosperous conditions as he helped to make possible.”

Kingsbury, George W. History of Dakota Territory. Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1915,
    IV. p. 684.

Mr. Schaetzel died at the age of 80 years and was buried June 28th, 1930. He rests in block 15, lot 9 of the Cemetery along with other members of his family.