Jacob Franklin Studebaker, the fifth son of the family, and the junior member of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, was born in Ashland county, Ohio, May twenty-sixth, 1844, and is consequently now in his thirty first year. At the age of eight, young Jacob followed with the family train to South Bend, but afterwards returned to Tiffin, Ohio, where he learned the trade of wagon and carriage making with Peter Van Ness. Returning to St. Joseph county, he engaged three years at farming, before becoming a member of the company. He is the secretary of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing company, and has the sole charge of the carriage works, a post for which he is peculiarly fitted. No man in the west, perhaps, has a better knowledge of the wants and needs of the people in his specialty, and very few persons have better taste and judgement in all matters relating to the manufacture of fine carriage work.


An Illustrated History of Indiana, Richard S. Peale & Co., Publishers, 1875