Jacob Crouse

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Jacob Crouse (deceased), late of Knottsville, was born near Frankfort, Germany, Sept. 4, 1832. His parents were Gabriel and Mary (Buhard) Crouse, also natives of Germany, who emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1833. In 1838 they removed to Portsmouth, Ohio. At the age of eighteen Mr. Crouse began to work on railroads. This he continued for two years. In 1855 he went to Memphis, Tenn., and built hewed log houses for one year. He then lived for a time in Cincinnati. In 1859 he came to Owensboro, and in November, 1860, he went to McLean County, Ky., and took charge of Leet’s saw-mill, which he bought soon afterward, and ran it two years, and sold back to Leet. He worked in various other mills then, and in 1863 he purchased a mill on Pup Creek, which he rebuilt, and ran three years, when it burned. He then built a mill three miles above Knottsville, using the machinery of the old mill. This mill he ran five years. He then lived one year in Owensboro. In 1873 he moved his mill to Knottsville, where he ran it till June 1, 1882, when he was killed by the saw. He was married Jan. 22, 1861, to Rebecca O’Brien, by whom he had nine children. Of these six are living – William, Isabel, Agnes, Ivo, Mary and Anna. One daughter, Arie, died at the age of twelve years, and another, Ruth, at seven years of age. Both died in September, 1873, of typhoid fever. Mr. Crouse was an upright man, beloved by his neighbors and friends. He was a member of the Catholic Total Abstinence Society.

Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Courtesy of the Daviess County Bicentennial Committee