Photograph of the Sinclair gas station in 1951. Bob Jacobs can be seen pumping gas. Jacob Jacobs and Nellie Jacobs are standing beside the building, at right. This building was located along River Avenue, at 4th Street., in Holland, MI. The view is looking south down River Ave.
Jacobs/Dekker Family History
Jacob J. Jacobs was born on 5-4-1890 in Lake City, MI. to Jan J. Jacobs (1861-1926) and Hinderkien "Hattie" Groenewold (1864-1933). Jan and Hattie had the following children: Jacob (1890-1954); Bert (1894-1967); Lewis (1896-1980); Jennie (1899-1965); Arie (1901-1923); and, Bertha (1904-1935).
Nellie M. Dekker was born in Illinois on 7-14-1893 to Gerbrand Dekker (1857-1928) and Lena Caauwe (1864-1966). Gerbrand and Lena had the following children: Nellie (1893-1974); Marie (1902-1994); and, Edward (1907-1977).
Lena Caauwe was born in the Netherlands, lived to the age of 102 and was a resident of the Holland, MI area for 60 years (1910, 1920 US Census, 1945, 1954 and 1956 city directories).
On 4-4-1917 Jacob married Nellie in Holland, MI. The US Census from 1920 through 1950 shows that Jacob and Nellie lived in the Holland, MI area during this time. In 1921 they lived at 24 East 18th Street. In 1924 and 1929 they lived at 82 East 14th Street. By 1934 they were living at 205 East 9th Street.
Jacob and Nellie had the following children: Walter A. (1918-1995); George (1919-1997); Robert (1925-2006); and, Leon (1928-2015).
Jacob passed away in a hospital in East Grand Rapids on 2-17-1954. Nellie passed away in Holland, MI on 11-14-1974.
Wally married Dorothy Winks in Grandville, MI on 5-12-1939. George Jacobs married Annetta Havinga in Holland, MI on 6-10-1941. Robert Jacobs married Faye Piers in Holland, MI on 8-31-1947.
Robert and Faye were married in Holland, MI on 8-29-1947. They lived in Holland, MI at 418 College Ave (1952 city directory) and 666 Pinecrest Dr (1958 city directory). Robert and Faye had the following children: Michael, Robert, Jr., Barb and Tom.
Gift ofBarb Cajka