Jacob Haish is born in Germany.
At age 9, Jacob Haish comes to America with his
Now 19 Jacob Haish moves to Illinois.
At age 21, Haish marries Sophia Brown.
1847 - 1853
The Haish's buy a farm in Pierce Township.
Haish and his young wife move to DeKalb, Illinois.
1853 - 1873
Haish operates a successful business as a carpenter in
in the 1860's he grows orange osage hedges in an attempt to develop a
durable form of fencing.
January 20, 1874
Jacob Haish is granted a barbed wire patent issued by
Patent Office. He at once files a suit against Joseph Glidden
infringing on his patent. The legal controversy has begun and
finally settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1882.
Haish builds an Opera House in downtown
50 years old.
Haish builds a large factory in which to manufacture
Haish erects his palatial mansion at the northwest
and Pine in DeKalb. It served as a memorial to the outspoken
inventor until it was torn down in 1961. Jacob Haish entered
banking business with the founding of the Barb City Bank. He
active in the bank until his death.
Haish joins his long time rival, I.L. Elwood and Joseph
fighting to have Northern Illinois State Normal School located in
DeKalb. He donated $10,000 for the school library.
A new city school is built and is named for Jacob
1914 - 1916
Jacob Haish refuses to sell barbed wire for use in
Haish sells his barbed wire factory to P.A.
curtain is drawn on a 45 year career in the barbed wire
Jacob Haish retires to devote his last years to the banking business.
September 9, 1918
Sophia Haish dies at the age of 90.
February 19, 1926
Jacob Haish dies in his mansion just 19 days before his
birthday. He has provided for his entire estate to be left to
charity. Money was left in his will to build a monument on
site of his grave, for the construction of a public library and for the
operation of the Jacob Haish Memorial Hospital.