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Jacob O. C. Wimer

Also Known As: "Jacob Weimer", "J.O.C. Wimer"
Birthplace: Seneca Co., OH
Death: Died in Seattle, King Co., WA
Place of Burial: Salem, Marion Co., OR
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel H. Wimer and Martha Wimer
Husband of Nancy Ann Wimer and Jemima Wimer
Father of Richard Lawson Wimer; Mary "Mollie" Delila Bigham; William Wimer; Ann Wimer; Robert Henry Wimer and 3 others
Brother of Michael Wimer; Valentine W. Wimer; John Daniel Wimer; Maria Wimer; Henry C. Wimer and 7 others

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About Jacob O.C. Wimer

Cover of: Past and present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge Past and present of Mahaska County, Iowa together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead by Manoah Hedge. Published 1906 by S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. in Chicago .

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Union mills, on North Skunk, in Union township, was built during the summer of 1849 by Jacob Wimer and Christian Brolliar. Mr. Wimer was quite a mill builder: he built and owned three mills in Keokuk county before this date and several in Missouri in the years following. Mr. Brolliar was the millwright when the Roberts mill was constructed, and was the leading workman in the construction of a number of mills in the counties west of Mahaska. Mr. Wimer put in a stock of general merchandise at Union Mills in the fall of 1849. Mr. James Bridges states that he opened a store at Indianapolis that year and he and Mr. Wimer chanced to be in Burlington making purchases at the same time. The mill did a large business in the years that followed. The custom that was drawn to the village induced two other general stores to spring up. A saw mill was kept in operation in connection with the power that run the grist mill. Mr. Isaac Kalbach, who was a cabinet-maker in Oskaloosa in the early '50s, says that he secured lumber from the mill at times when it was impossible to get other stock from the yards along the Mississippi river. During those years both the village and the mill did a good business and contributed much toward building up that part of the county.

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The books of original entry among the county records show that the first lands purchased from the government in this township were the following: October 9. 1848, by Sim- eon Johnson, a part of section 1. Same date, by R. B. Ogden, a part of section 4. October 12, by Joshua Gorsuch, a part of section 11, Same date, Robert Telford purchased section T2. The first school was taught by Mrs. Dr. Fry, on section II, and the next at Union Mills. This ViIlage was laid out by Jacob Weimer in 1849, and called Middletown, on account of its being about half way between Montezuma and Oskaloosa. Later the village took the name of the mills which were built by Mr. Weimer and C. Brolliar. Several stores sprang up and flourished on account of the patronage at the mills. At one time there was a carding mill and a chair factory attached to the mill. A post- office was established in 1855. The old mill and the village are things of the past. The abundant timber lands were inviting for wild game in the early years. Mrs. David Kisor recalls many pleasant memories of the log cabin days. One afternoon while sitting at her cabin window she saw a herd of deer pass quietly by the cabin window and out into the range. Like most of the pioneers the good old lady resolutely clings to the old home place where her- self and her husband spent their happiest days and from which the family have gone out to found homes of their own. We are told that somewhere back in the late '40s three young men lost their lives during a flood in the river, and these were among the first who were buried in the beautiful cemetery grounds near Union Mills.


Same source, in step-son Silvester's Biographical Sketch:


Mr. [Silvester] Wimer does not remember ever seeing his father, but has learned that he was a carpenter, working at his trade throughout his business life. Following his death the mother removed to Indiana, where she lived until 1856, when she came to Iowa, settling in Keokuk county. She had married J. O. C. Wimer, a cousin of her first husband, and her death occurred in Keokuk county, September 4, 1858. There were two sons of the first marriage, the brother of our subject being Amos Wimer, who was born June 1, 1838. He enlisted as a member of Company E, Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, at the time of the Civil war, become orderly sergeant and was killed at the battle of Shiloh. There were two children born of the mother's second marriage, but one died at the age of six years, and the other when but three years old.



J.O.C. Wimer crossed the plains 1863-1864 to California and Oregon. Built a mill for Jacob Wimer at Yamhill in 1864. J.O.C. worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker in Salem, Ore. in 1919. Hannah Bryant was the daughter of Mr. Bryant and Nancy Ann Jacobs Bryant. Information furnished by Betty Andrews and E.E.Collum The following is a letter from Alberta Bates to Miss Schwinger concerning J.O.C. Wimer and family. Dear Miss Schwinger, There is other information that might interest you, in the life of J.O.C. Wimer. Perhaps it wil clear up some of the data you already have. J.O.C.Wimer was my Great-grandfather, and his daughter, Mary Delila, was my grandmother and her daughter Anna Hazeldell Bigham Causey is my mother. I remember him very well as I was about 16 years old the last time he visited at our house. He did not smoke or drink and did not wear reading glasses as far as my mother could remember. J.O.C. was the third of 12 children. Many died young. At 19 he worked as a scout on a trip west with one of the Applegate trains. Earlier he had gone with his cousin Adam to join the army. He was too young and was turned down. He promised that if the cousin did not come back, he would take care of the cousins family. Later when the cousin Adam was killed, J.O.C. married the cousins wife, Jamima, who was 17 years older and her son Sylvester his stepson as well as his 2nd cousin. Sylvester later had one daughter, Dr. Roberta Wimer. She was still living in Seattle at the time J.O.C. died. Jamima and J.O.C. had 2 more children, who died at 3 & 6 years.,within the same month. Perhaps an epidemic. Most of this data was obtained from his large bible and old letters. Bless those thoughtful people who wrote down so much information, otherwise it would have been lost. There is no mention of Jemima's death, but in 1859, when he was 26 years old, he married Nancy Ann Jacobs Bryant, she had a small daughter, Hannah Bryant. They lived in Keokuk, Iowa. Their oldest son Richard Lawson was born in 1860. Mary Delila was only 3 weeks old when the family joined a wagon train and took 18 months to come to Yamhill County, Oregon. Later he lived in southern Oregon and was recorded there in the 1880 census, when Mary D. was 19 years old. He once owned a flour mill in Salem, Ore. He worked mostly as a cabinetmaker. I am not sure just how important this data is in your research. His longevity did not carry on in his children, as he outlived all of them except the oldest son Richard Lawson. Perhaps he was the last of a line of longlivers as the recordsin his very old bible, show that he had uncles and greatuncles and others of their generations, who lived well into their 90's. I am sorry I have been so slow with this. Sincerely, Alberta Bates Another entry courtesy of E.E. Collum Jacob O.C. and his family were living in Murphy in 1875 when he was intrumental in having a post office established there. He served as the first postmaster, January 7th to May 7th. Shortly after 1880 he operated a store in Grants Pass for a short time, and then went over to Woodville(Rogue River) where again he was involved in the operation of a hardware store. He owned property in Jackson county beginning in 1877. They lived in Ashland from 1881 until 1889 when they moved to Stayton and purchased a home valued at $400. Here, by 1893 he was managing the J.O.C. Wimer Hardware Store, handling hardware, stoves and tin-wear. His son, Robert H., was clerking for him. By 1905 they were living in Salem on Asylum avenue and Jacob O.C. was once again working as a millwright. They observed their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary at their Salem home, 1541 State Street on March 31, 1916; he at age 82 years, both in good health. They had raised six children of their own and Nancy's daughter, Hannah.

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Jacob O.C. Wimer's Timeline

July 5, 1833
Seneca Co., OH


Jackson County Pioneer Index - Records U - Z

Name . . . . . . . . Personal ID . . . Birthdate . . . Father . . . . . Mother

Wimer, Daniel A 1869 5 Jan 1808 Valentine Wimer Mrs. Mariah Wimer
Wimer, Jacob O C 1858 5 Jul 1833 Daniel A Wimer Martha Oswalt

Age 19
Keokuk, Iowa, United States


Valentine B. Wimer, b. October 06, 1853, Keokuk County, Iowa, d. April 1860, Keokuk County, Iowa.

January 14, 1854
Age 20
Iowa, United States


Martha L. Wimer, b. January 14, 1854, Keokuk County, Iowa, d. April 1860, Keokuk County, Iowa.

*note: date of birth cannot be correct if sibling Valentine born Oct. 1853*

June 1862
Age 28
Keokuk, Lee, Iowa, United States

Grandniece reports DoB as 1860 - which would resolve conflict with sister Mary Delila's DoB.


Richard Lawson Wimer

Born in Haysville, Keokuk, Iowa, USA on 15 Jun 1860 to Jacob O Wimer and Nancy Ann Bryant. Richard Lawson married Minnie Jones and had 5 children. He passed away on 17 May 1933 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Family Members


Jacob O Wimer1833-1928
Nancy Ann Bryant1833-1918

Minnie Jones1872-1911


Olah V Wimer1902-1977
Laura Ann Wimer90-1950
Golda Wimer1893-1979
Newton R Wimer1900-1975
Hazel Wimer1909-1911

December 8, 1862
Age 29
September 20, 1864
Age 31
Age 33
December 6, 1869
Age 36