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Jacob Zuschlag

JACOB ZUSCHLAG.- Farmer and coal operator of West Salem township, Mercer county, Jacob Zuschlag was born March 3, 1848, in Prussia, a son of Daniel Zuschlag.  He attended school until fourteen years of age in Prussia, Germany, after which he was employed in a coal mine three years, then, according to the German custom, served three years in the army, after which he resumed work in the coal mines.  In 1855 he came to America, locating in Pymatuning township, Mercer county; he worked two years in the mines and then purchased his farm, which is now known as the "Zuschlag Homestead."  He married in Prussia in 1839 Margrete Diehl, born in 1816, a daughter of Peter Diehl, a German miner.  By this union the following children were born:  Ludwig, a farmer in West Salem township; Daniel, deceased; Catherine, wife of Daniel Heimich, deceased; Margaret, who married Charles Kuhn, a puddler in West Salem iron works; Adam, of Joplin, Missouri; Christian, a farmer of West Salem township; and Jacob.  The father was a Republican and a member of the Lutheran church.  He died in 1877, on the old  homestead.
Jacob Zuschlag, of this notice, had but little schooling advantages in Germany, and at the age of eight years worked on a pump in the coal mines where his father was employed.  He accompanied his parents to America and here resumed work as a coal miner, which labor he continued to follow for thirty years.  After the death of his parents, he purchased hid present farm, to which he added ninety-five acres and is now successfully engaged in farming in partnership with his son Adam.

In 1868, in West Salem township, Jacob Zuschlag was united in marriage with Elizabeth Miller, born in 1850 in Hessen, Germany,  daughter of Justice Miller, a farmer, and his wife Martha (Volond) Miller.  The children of Mr. and Mrs. Zuschlag are:  Christian, deceased; Adam, a partner with his father in the coal industry and farming operations; Jacob, a farmer of Pymatuning township; John Daniel, employed in their mines; Fred William, in the same employment as the last named brother; Ella, wife of John Morrison, a farmer of Pymatuning township; Tillie, at home; Elmer George, at home.  The family are members of the Lutheran church and in politics Mr. Zuschlag supports the Democratic party.

The son Adam was born July 18, 1869, obtained a common school education and has always worked about the coal mines with his father, with whom he is now a partner.  He is a Republican in his political views and a communicant of the Lutheran church.

Each and all of the members of this family have been worthy citizens and have the respect and confidence of those with whom they mingle, both in business and social relations.

History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 729-730; Submitted by Susan McLaughlin

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