Jacob ADLER stock dealer, Joliet; born in Prussia, Germany, March 17, 1836; he emigrated with his parent to America when 2 years of age, landing in New York, coming directly West and remaining in Chicago for a few months, then a short time in Indiana, then a short time at Sag Bridge, Will Co., when he removed to New Lenox, where he went to school one year, then to Joliet in 1843, where he attended school in the old log schoolhouse, the first school house in the township; he remained with his father upon the farm until 22 years of age, when he engaged in the grocery and provision business about one year, then selling out, he went to Pike’s peak and traveled over a large part of the Western Territories; returning to Joliet in 1861, he engaged in the butchering and stock business, which he has since successfully followed; he has been largely engaged in farming, and raising, buying and shipping stock to the Chicago and Eastern markets. He married Jan. 11, 1866, to Emily ERHARD, daughter of George ERHARD, one of the pioneers of Will Co.; they are the parents of six children now living, viz., Louisa M., Jacob C., Lawrence J., Emily F. V., Michael L. and Angeline A.

Source: History of Will County, Illinois; Chicago: Wm LeBaron Jr & Co, 186 Dearborn Street, 1878.