Hiram Jacoby Photography Studio, Minnesota Avenue, Saint Peter, Minnesota, (Razed)

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Hiram Jacoby Photography Studio

Address: Minnesota Avenue
Saint Peter, Minnesota
Nicollet County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Saint Peter Nicollet

Hiram J. Jacoby was a pioneer Minnesota photographer. He came to Minneapolis with his brother William Jacoby in the 1860s, but he soon moved to St. Peter, Minnesota. Hiram operated a photography studio in St. Peter for more than two decades. In 1874 Hiram replaced the studio pictured here with a more well-appointed brick studio and gallery.

The following is an excerpt from Hiram Jacoby’s obituary in the St. Peter Herald:

“Hiram James Jacoby, a veteran of the Civil war, an early settler of St. Peter and probably the oldest photographer in Minnesota, died at his home in this city last Saturday evening. His death followed a lingering illness with diabetes extending over a period of three years, but the end came peacefully. Ever since the war the deceased had been a sufferer with rheumatism, contracted from exposure during the campaigns in the South, and the latter years of his life were spent in an invalid’s chair.

Mr. Jacoby, who was 71 years of age, was a native of Massilion Ohio, where he was born July 31, 1838. He was reared and educated in that city, and there learned the art of photography. On May 18, 1861, Mr. Jacoby answered President Lincoln’s call for troops, and at Oshkosh, Wis., enlisted in Co. E. Second Wisconsin Infantry, a command which saw hard service with the army of the Potomac. Mr. Jacoby served nearly two years and was with his regiment when it participated in engagements at Blackburn’s Ford, Orange Court House, Beaver Dam, Rappahannock, Sulfur Springs and Bull Run. Although on the firing line of these battles and in innumerable skirmishes, Mr. Jacoby escaped injury from rebel bullets only to fall victim to the more powerful enemy -- disease. In the second year he was in the army he was attacked by rheumatism, and after spending twelve months in a military hospital at Philadelphia, was discharged for disability.

After leaving the service Mr. Jacoby returned to Ohio and, forming a partnership with his brother, Wm. Jacoby, opened a photographic studio at Xenia, Ohio. In 1867 they went to Minneapolis, then a straggling inconsequential village, to establish themselves in business and a year later Mr. Jacoby withdrew from the firm and came to St. Peter. For the next twenty years he conducted his photograph gallery, but in 1888 failing health compelled him to turn over its management to other hands, and he spent a winter in California and another in Florida in an effort to conquer his old malady. Subsequently he ran a general store and conducted a loan and real estate business, and also retained control of his studio until a few years ago when he disposed it to his daughter Mrs. Grace A. Ager.

A quarter of a century ago Mr. Jacoby occupied a prominent place in his profession, and was regarded as one of the best photographers in Minnesota. He [w]as one of the first to exhibit his work at the annual state fairs, and in many occasions he received the highest awards. Today his studio displays a pictorial history of St. Peter for many important and interesting incidents were faithfully recorded by his cameras. The qualities which won for him success in his business were known and appreciated by his associates. He was a model citizen, and was never false to a trust” (1909).


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Here are some photos by Hiram Jacoby from the MNHS Photo and Art Database
Here is some more information about Hiram Jacoby
Photo studio of William Jacoby, Hiram's brother


St. Peter Herald,October 1, 1909

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