Jacob Taeger (1904 - 1985)



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at Home, in Wakefield, Gogebic County, Michigan United States


on at Ontonogon memorial hospital, in Ontonogon, mi, Ontonagon County, Michigan United States
Cause of death: Cancer

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Ewen, Ontonagon County, Michigan

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Father: Matt Teikari
Mother: Maria (Valimaki) Teikari
Siblings: John Teikari, Eva Teikari Davis Kaudy, Arne Teikari, Wilbert Teikari Taeger, Larry Teikari, Marie (Teikari) Piirto, and Matti Teikari

Wife: Alma Lamp I
Children with Alma: Evelyn Taeger Brown and Shirley Taeger Burnett

Wife: Lillian Waisanen
Children with Lillian: Lillian Taeger Doody

Wife: Anna Waisanen Taeger


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Barber, lumberjack, copper miner


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1904 - In the year that Jacob Taeger was born, the first underground line of the New York City subway system opened. London's underground system was opened in 1863 and Boston opened one in 1897, but New York quickly became the largest system in the U.S. More than 100,000 people paid 5 cents to ride under Manhattan that first day.

1916 - By the time he was merely 12 years old, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

1918 - He was only 14 years old when in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

1978 - Jacob was 74 years old when on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

1985 - In the year of Jacob Taeger's passing, on March 7th, the song "We Are the World" was released as a charity effort to alleviate the African famine. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones. They were joined by 37 other famous singers in the recording studio and a phenomena had begun

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Married to: mary manty (deceased), alma lampi (evelyn & shirley), lillian waisanen, anna waisanen (lil). Worked in farming, lumbering and mining. Son of matt and maria (valimaki) teikari, brother of matt, john, wilbert, arnie, larry, eva and marie teikari. Grandchildren: sandy, sharon and rick brown, jeff, john, mike & laurie burnett, jake, jerry, anja and ed doody. Funeral held at paynesville lutheran church, paynesville, mi and cremains were spread over family plot in paynesville, mi.


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"Jack" was born in Wakefield, Mi, third child to immigrant parents Maria Wallimaki and Matt Teikari joining brothers John and Matt. Eva, Marie, Wilbert, Larry and Arne eventually arrived as siblings.
The family relocated to the community of Paynesville where they farmed and had horses and dairy cows. Jack attended the local school and as a teenager did not like working on the farms so he left and worked in the lumber camps and occasionally returned home. He married young, his first wife a neighbor girl, Mary, and together had one child who died in early infancy and she passed a few months later. He later married elma lampi and they had two daughters, evelyn and shirley. Multiple moves between michigans Upper and Lower Peninsula ensued in search of employment...he graduated from barber school but it is not known if he was ever employed in the profession but did social haircuts for the neighbor men in the farm kitchen in Ewen. This was always a coffee drinking occasion with the men taking turns sitting backwards on the old oak kitchen chair and jack happily cutting hair on to the floor. In the UP, he worked in the CCC camps, lumbering, copper mining. It is unknown what work he did in the Detroit area.

The marriage between alma and jack ended in divorce and the girls eventually left michigan to join their mother. Jack then remarried lillian shelton, a dimpled divorced mother with a young daughter, lois, and they settled onto the farm on Hall Rd in Ewen. They had a daughter, me. This marriage also ended in divorce. Jack later married the housekeeper, anna waisanen, and they remained married until jacks death in 1985.

Jack had severe ear infections as a child which left him very hard of hearing. A fall as a child also left him with a large scar on the top of his head. He compensated by lip reading and was very good at it but it did hamper communication with him. Six feet tall, olive skinned and steel blue eyes made him a very handsome man in his youth. He spoke fluent Finnish as well as English. Very mechanical, he could fix about anything. He was not one to socialize much but on rare occasion would attend a family celebration and sauna nights at his sister Marie's were enjoyed..
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