Jacob Haish had also loaned money to Klein's great grandfather so he could purchase a Hinckley farm. That farm has been in Klein's family since 1875.
"I've always been interested in our connection to Jacob Haish," Klein said.
Klein, of DeKalb, is an avid book collector with more than 3,500 books in his collection, but he's also the owner of one rare piece of local history: the cane that belonged to Jacob Haish's wife Sophia. The cane came from a cousin of Klein.
|Ron Klein, of DeKalb, holds a cane that belonged to Sophia Haish. | Photo by Jessi LaRue|
|A replica of Sophia Haish's wedding ring is at the base of the cane's handle. | Photo by Jessi LaRue|
"Local history has been an interest of mine for all of my life," Klein said. "But Jacob's story is very interesting."