Notes for Jacob Posch: Biography of Jacob Posch given by himself in 1936.
I was born in Libno Upper Selesia, Poland on May 2, 1872 and came to the United States in the year 1872 with my parents. We landed in St. Cloud, Minnesota in the summer of 1872 and my father settled on a homestead in section 28 Township of Two Rivers, Morrison County, Minnesota. In the early days there were no schools in the vicinity but when I was 8 years old, School District No. 23 was established but there was no schoolhouse so I started to go to school to a neighbor's granary which was fixed for a school till a new school house was built in the year 1882. My first teacher was Miss Otelia Wroblewski. I attended school during four winter months and in 1887 I attended the St. Cloud Normal School.
My first teacher at Normal was Mr. Shoemaker. He became the principal of the St. Cloud Normal School and he stayed there as the head of the school till he died. The first year I attended the St. Cloud Normal School theres the bad cyclone in April of 1886 where hundreds of people were killed. It was an awful sight. Later my father Lawrence Posch started a store of General merchandise in The township of Brockway, Stearns County, Minnesota where (the) Opole Post Office was established.
I was appointed assistant Postmaster of the Opole Post Office. After my father sold the store I took up further education in the Sauk Centre Business College until I obtained a third grade certificate to teach in public schools. I taught school four months in the winter for 8 years and in the summer I had the agency for Buckeye Binders and Mowers and other farm implements. I continued that business until I was married in 1897.
I married one Mary Ginter and settled in the Township of Pike Creek, Morrison County, Minnesota near the Lindbergh State Park. I was elected town Clerk in the following year and two yeas later I was also elected assessor the town of Pike Creek. I (have) held these two offices until I moved to the City of Little Falls in November 1907 and here I (have) started a General grocery store and several years later, after being in said business 7 1/2 years, I sold out and when I lived in Pike Creek and during that time I was Deputy Auditor for two years. I resigned and became candidate for County Treasurer but was defeated by Lyman Signor by 45 votes. In those days women did not vote yet and two years later I was candidate again and defeated by Frank Renick by 65 votes.
A few years later I tried for the nomination for Clerk of Court but was defeated the the nomination by Mr. Stoll who was later elected Clerk of Court. I worked in various offices in the Courthouse: the auditor's office when Mr. Wm. A. Butler was Auditor: (and) in the Register of Deeds office when Mr. Wm. H. Hall was Register Deeds; in the Clerk of Court's Office when Mr. Simon P. Brick was Clerk of Court; in the Treasurer's Office when Frank Renick was County Treasurer.
When I was running the store I was appointed census enumerator for the Township of Swan River. I bought 20 acres of land in section 25, Township of Pike Creek, Morrison County, Minnesota. I built a house and barn on it in the year 1897 and made a well of 30 feet deep and resided there till the year 1907 when I moved to the city of Little Falls, Minnesota. There I and John Eckman built a store building the summer of 1907.
I started a general grocery store in the south half of the building and in the north half, John Eckman started a saloon. After 7 1/2 years in the grocery business I sold out my interest in the grocery business and the building for $3000 cash. A few years later I bought the Button Mercantile building on 3rd St. S.W. and after remodeling the building, my son-in-law, John Karnowski, started a general grocery store and in 1920 I took over the store business from John Karnowski. I stayed there till the year 1930 when I was elected City Assessor. I sold the store business to Mike Zyvoloski and when I operating the first grocery store I bought a lot and erected a barn and made a well on it. Later I built a residence in which I now live. (My Note: This was on Fourth Street S.W.-the house is still there).
I was re-elected City Assessor in 1932 and again in 1934 and now in 1936.
When I made some more money I bought the old Water Power Building for #3500 and remodeled it, some for dwelling purposes on 3rd St. S.W. across the street from the building I had bought before from the Button Bros. Later when I made a little money I bought a half interest in the Jefferson Highway Garage with Christ Karnowski, Sr. Later we sold it to John A. Trutwin for $12,000.
When I moved to the city in 1907 I belonged to St. Stanislaus Church at Swan River now in the village of Sobieski but it was too far to go there so I joined the St. Adelbert Church on 7th St. S.E.
In a short time after joining I was elected Treasurer of said parish. Father T. J. Rekosiak was the priest and after he was transferred, Father John T. Musial was appointed in his place. I was still treasurer. In 1916 the church was too small for the parish so they wanted to enlarge it or take it down and rebuild and later build a parochial school. I resigned as the treasurer of St. Adelbert Church and started to organize a new parish on the West side. I was elected Treasurer of this new organization. We bought the Old Antler's Hotel, remodelled it, and on July 8, 1917 we had the first services in the new parish.
The name of the new parish is Our Lady of Lourdes. It is located on Block 54, Thayer's addition, second street Northwest. Later in 1921 the parish built the basement for a new church and 1922 the upper structure was built. In 1936 the debts of the parish were all paid. Rev. John T. Musial died on Jan 22, 1936 and Rev. Stan P. Goryczka was appointed in his place. I am still treasurer of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.
More About Jacob Posch: Burial: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Little Falls, MN. Emigration: 1872, Settled in Two Rivers Township, Morrison County, Minnesota.
More About Jacob Posch and Mary Ginter: Marriage: 25 Oct 1897, Pike Creek Township, MN.