Monday, August 3, 2020

Haish Mfg. Co. Price List document

This original Haish document was shared with us by Danny Wright, who found this piece of advertising on eBay. The document was sent to Dallas in 1895. Thanks for sharing, Danny.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Kishwaukee Hospital recognizes Haish (1987)

Kishwaukee Hospital advertisement in the Daily Chronicle's "Milestone 150" | Photo by Jessi LaRue

In 1978, the Daily Chronicle published a special edition in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of DeKalb County. The publication features reminiscing columns, sports and culture highlights, and much more from the county's history. It is also filled with various advertisements from county establishments. The advertisement for Kishwaukee Community Hospital pays homage to Jacob Haish.

It reads:

"Building on a rich heritage...
One of this hospital's major benefactors was born even before DeKalb County was founded. He was the late Jacob Haish, leading industrialist, outstanding philanthropist, and great humanitarian. Though his concerns and benefactions were many, the barbed wire king had a special interest in health care. He left the bulk of his estate for a hospital and health care. Half a million dollars went to construct the Jacob Haish Memorial Wing, predecessor of DeKalb Public Hospital and of KCH. Later, directors of the Jacob Haish Memorial Corporation awarded $200,000 to KCH, a gift memorialized in 1981 with a dedication of the Jacob Haish Surgical Department here.

Jacob Haish was one of the earliest DeKalb County residents to support local health care. Today, we salute the memory of him and all the other generous givers through the years. We honor, too, the many citizens of today who share that concern for better health care, supporting KCH through memorial gifts, the Tree of Life, KCH 100, and other giving opportunities. We appreciate all you have done to make this hospital and its services possible. And we pledge to use your gifts as a steppingstone to build on all that has gone before. We promise, in short, to build on a rich heritage ... to provide better health care for this and all future generations.

Kishwaukee Community Hospital
Route 23 and Bethany Road.
DeKalb, Illinois 60115"

Cover of the Daily Chronicle's "Milestone 150" published in 1978 | Photo by Jessi LaRue

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

1955 auction of Haish's belongings

Furniture auction at Jacob Haish mansion | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

When Jacob Haish died in 1926, he left his palatial mansion to his longtime housekeeper and caregiver Anna Anderson, who resided in the home for years until her death in 1953. However, Haish's will did not state what should happen to the mansion after Anderson passed, so it was determined that the house and contents would be sold in order to fund other projects in his will, including a hospital.

An auction of the contents of the mansion was held May 12, 1955, on the lawn of the mansion, located on the corner of Pine Street and North Third Street in DeKalb. These photos from that day were provided by the Joiner History Room.

The auction announcement, posted in the May 11, 1955, edition of the DeKalb Chronicle reads:

"ANTIQUE FURNITURE AUCTION: The trustees of the Jacob Haish estate will sell at public auction at 405 North Third Street in DeKalb, Illinois, on Thursday, May 12, beginning at 1 p.m. many items of antique furniture consisting of marble top chairs, cherry tables, walnut chairs, birds eye maple bedroom set, walnut settees, walnut desk-bed, walnut clocks, mirror and some antique dishes. Whitman and Whitman, auctioneers."

Furniture auction at Jacob Haish mansion | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

A large number of items were purchased by Paul Nehring that day, and he enjoyed those items for many years with his wife Shirley Hamilton-Nehring, in their home on the Ellwood House museum grounds.

After they donated their private home to the Ellwood House museum in 2011, the museum purchased the Haish furniture so that it could be enjoyed by the public. Click here to see photos of the furniture as it has been displayed in the Ellwood House Museum's Visitors Center.

Furniture auction at Jacob Haish mansion | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

Sunday, May 17, 2020

1917 Farm Implement News Buyer's Guide

The 1917 Farm Implement News Buyer's Guide advertised many products available for purchase from the Jacob Haish Co. in DeKalb. 

The most notable was this advertisement from the book:

1917 Farm Implement News Buyer's Guide via Google books


Gasoline Engines and Feed Grinders are different --- and better. They were designed and built to meet the exacting farmer's needs and will give long satisfactory service in every respect. Chanticleer's Engines deliver more power on less fuel than any other gasoline engine made. We have a complete line of Chanticleer Engines for every possible use --- from 1 1/2 to 22 h.p. --- and every one of them carries the ironclad "Haish Guarantee." Write for prices.

The Chanticleer Feed Grinder has a larger capacity than most grinders and will produce from 6 to 30 bushels of perfectly ground, evenly mixed feed per hour with from 3 to 6 h.p. It is a splendid all-purpose grinder for ear corn, small grain or mixed grain. Write for prices.

FREE. Our 48-page book shows our complete line of Gasoline Engines, Feed Grinders, Silo Fillers, Wood Saws, Pump Jacks, Washing Machines, Ear Corn Slicers and Barrel Carts. Write for a copy today.

Jacob Haish Co.

37 Haish Avenue, DeKalb, Ill."

In the section titled " General Directory of the Manufacturers," this is what's listed as "goods" available from the Jacob Haish Co.:

"Gasoline engines (stationary, portable and skidded), binder engines, wood saws (steel and wood frame), portable saw outfits equipped with engines, feed grinders, corn and cob grinders, pump jacks, washing machines (belt power and electric), pumping outfits, farm trucks, farm and home lighting plants, barrel carts, milk carts, silo fillers."

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Church's appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Haish

Written appreciation to Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Haish | Northern Illinois University Archives, Waite W. Embree Collection

"'We are laborers together with God.'
First Corinthians 3:9

On behalf of the members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of DeKalb and of the citizens of this community, we the Official Board of this Church, hereby express to Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Haish our appreciation of the very generous manner in which they have co-operated in the building of our new house of worship. May Earth's choicest blessing attend them, and may we enjoy their companionship for years to come.

Dated September 29, 1909

Frank W. Ray, Pres., S.F. Parson, Sec., Girard Hammond, M.D. Shipman, G.L. Oakland, J.M. Piper, G.H. Salisbury, S.E. Bradt, Andrew Bradt; Stewards. R.P. Culver, P.N. Joslin, Gabriel W. Jacobson, E.S. Hurd, F.L. Terwilliger, Clifford S. Hunt, John T. Bowles, E.O. Wood, Edward C. Page, D.E. Moon, W.S. Voust, C.E. Bradt, S.W. Patten"

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Image of Denver's Haish Manual Training School

The back cover of the 1889-90 NWU catalog | Courtesy of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Archives, Cochrane-Woods Library
"The above cut represents the building erected at Denver through the munificence of Mr. Jacob Haish, of DeKalb, Illinois, for the Haish Manual Training School of Denver University. Bishop Warren has secured from Mr. Haish an agreement to erect and endow a department for the Nebraska Wesleyan University, on similar terms as originally given to Denver University. One-half of the gross receipts from the sale of the Haish barb wire in the state of Nebraska is to be devoted to this department, until the sum of fifty thousand dollars has been secured. Thus the department of Technology, originally projected by the University, and published in the Prospectus, has been lifted from the realm of struggle into that of security, and was inaugurated formally by Bishop Warren, at Lincoln, June 18, 1889. For further particulars address the Chancellor.

Friends of the University will adopt as their motto: 'No fence but barb wire; no barb wire but Haish.'"

Friday, April 24, 2020

Original Haish barbed wire patent model

Jacob Haish's original barbed wire patent model | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
I just received an email that included photos of the original Haish barbed wire patent model! This model belongs to a private collector, Larry W. Love, of Texas, who was willing to let me share his story and photos here.

The patent model itself has had a long and winding history. It was originally submitted to the U.S. Patent Office as part of Haish's patent proposal. 

Haish patent 167,240, as notated on the model tags | Image from Google Patents

Haish patent for the reissue RE9036, as notated on the model tags | Image from Google Patents
However, on September 24, 1877, the United States Patent Office in Washington, D.C., where the model was housed, suffered its second fire

"The surviving models proved too expensive to maintain and store, and so in 1926 thrifty Calvin Coolidge ordered the remainder sold off. The Smithsonian took some, independent retailers scooped up others, and finally in 1942 an auctioneer couple bought the last 50,000 with plans to open a museum," according to this article.

Tags associated with the Haish patent model | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
When a museum never came to fruition, the items were once again sold off. Cliff Petersen, a collector from California, purchased many, many models, including this Haish patent model. 

You can read an interesting article about Petersen's life and collection by clicking here.

As the years passed, bits and pieces of Petersen's collection were sold off, said Larry W. Love, a barbed wire collector and historian from Texas.

"From time to time Cliff issued catalogs picturing various models for sale," Love said. "The model was purchased from Cliff directly by a fellow collector over thirty years ago."

Tags associated with the Haish patent model. | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
Tags associated with the Haish patent model. | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
The collector would display the model as a centerpiece at various barbed wire shows, where Love would see it. He told the collector that he would be interested in purchasing it, if the opportunity became available.

That opportunity came just six weeks ago.

"The most important item in my collection is the original Haish barbed wire patent model," Love said. "Each barb is slightly different with the barb on the far right side being two 'S' barbs side by side. I believe Jacob knew that, while what was being described in the patent was important..."

Close-up of a barb on the Haish patent model | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
Close-up of a barb on the Haish patent model | Photo courtesy of Larry W. Love, barbed wire collector and historian
Thank you to Love for sharing this item with us! Love's interest in barbed wire began when he was 16 years old, working on a ranch in Central Texas. He saw a display of barbed wire on the wall of the boot shop, and the owner gave him information about the Texas Barbed Wire Collectors Association. He built his collection and interests from there. But why the interest in Haish?

"Jacob was but just one of the players whose advertising I collected," Love said. "He, like Bet-A-Million Gates, played the role of underdog to their advantages."

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Haish Manual Training School - Lincoln, NE

A drawing of the Lincoln Haish Manual Training School, as seen in the Nebraska Wesleyan Catalog 1891-92.

The Haish Manual Training School was built in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a monetary donation from Jacob Haish, much like the training school he donated in Denver, Colorado.

The purpose of these schools was to teach students hands-on education, such as iron work, wood carving and foundry, typewriting and more. Money for a building was to be raised through barbed wire sales, with one half of gross receipts going toward the building until $50,000 was raised.

The Somonauk Reveille newspaper in Illinois called the idea "A good big advertising scheme for Mr. Haish, as all the Wesleyan ministers, church people and students will preach and talk Haish wire until the required sum has been raised."

And did they ever talk....

Advertisement for Haish's barbed wire plan in Lincoln, NE, as seen in the Nebraska Wesleyan Catalog 1891-92.

From an advertisement of Haish's plan: 
"Haish Barb Wire! Is a Perfect Wire. An Economical Wire. The Best! And at prices that compete with the World. Our boys have invented a COLLEGE YELL! 'You Try 'Er, You Buy 'Er, Haish Wire! Haish Wire!

This is uttered under fifty pounds pressure and on tiptoe. If there is no Agent in your town write to Mr. Jacob Haish, DeKalb, Illinois. Tell your Hardware Man what Mr. Haish has done for Colorado and Nebraska Methodists. We put a Barb Wire Cane in the Corner Store, and we are going to put a Barb Wire Lightning Rod on the MANUAL TRAINING BUILDING, and we want Nebraska Methodists FENCED IN with Barb Wire!"

Jacob Haish's successful donation was documented in the Nebraska Wesleyan University catalog for the school year 1891-92, which can be viewed on Google Books.
A listing of the faculty of the Haish Mechanical Institute, as published in the Nebraska Wesleyan Catalog 1891-92.
From the catalog:

"Mr. Jacob Haish of DeKalb, Ill., whose munificence erected the Haish Manual Training School of Denver University, agreed to erect and endow a similar one for the Nebraska Wesleyan University and on the same terms. One half the gross receipts from the sale of barb wire was to be devoted to this department until the sum of $50,000 was secured. ... Mr. Haish has exceeded his promise, both in the matter of time and the amount to be expended. Wire sales were not up to the measure of a building, but he authorized us to go ahead. ... It is the finest Manual Training building in the United States."

Semester pricing per the Nebraska Wesleyan Catalog 1891-92.

While the school was enjoyed for a few years, unfortunately, on January 29, 1894, an arsonist set fire to the building. It was never rebuilt. Below is a photo of the damage.

"Ruins of the Haish building" | Photo from the Nebraska Wesleyan University Archives, Cochrane-Woods Library

Thank you to Martha A. Tanner, M.S.L.I.S., Ph.D, head of research services and archives/asst. professor at the Cochrane-Woods Library at Nebraska Wesleyan University, for her assistance with this post.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Jacob Haish photograph

Jacob Haish in 1899. Photo courtesy of Jeff Marshall

Jeff Marshall shared this photograph of Jacob Haish with me, and it has become my favorite image of Haish. It was taken in 1899; Haish would have been about 73 years old.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Brick from the Jacob Haish mansion

Bricks from the Jacob Haish mansion | Photo by Jessi LaRue
The pictured brick is from Scott Golden, of DeKalb. Like many remnants of the Haish mansion that still exist today, the bricks were collected unconventionally. His father had "scavenged" bricks from the outside of the Jacob Haish mansion shortly before its demolition in 1961. Golden said his father lived and worked nearby the Haish mansion, and he collected the bricks at night. 

DeKalb historian Steve Bigolin said the sunflower bricks were just one of many designs used around the outside of the mansion. He said many of these bricks were used around the corner tower of the mansion, and that the sunflower design was the only one that was made up of two bricks. 

The below postcard, provided by the Joiner History Room, shows the mansion's tower that was comprised of bricks.

Residence of Jacob Haish, 1901 | Photo courtesy of Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives