Ohio Biographies

Jacob Moser

JACOB MOSER, Secretary of the Board of Education of Lima, is a son of David and Anna, and brother of Mary, Elizabeth, Rosine and John F. He was born in Switzerland, April 13, 1835, and came to this county in 1860. His wife is Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Catherine Neuenshwander. She was born in Wayne County, on June 28, 1838. Their children are Emma, Bertha, Calvin and Albert. Mrs. M. is the sister of Mary, Ulrich, Isaac, John, Daniel, Kate and Mary.


From 1875 Historical Atlas of Allen County, Ohio by H H Hardesty & Co. Publishers, Chicago.



Jacob Moser, secretary and treasurer of the South Side Building &Loan Association, of Lima, and a member of its board of directors, is one of the city's well-known and respected business men. Mr. Moser was born in Moutier, Canton Bern, Switzerland, April 13, 1835, and is a son of David and Anna (Habegger) Moser. 

David Moser was also a native of Switzerland, where he married and carried on business as a hatter.After he came to America, in 1853, he engaged in farming in Wells County, Indiana, in the vicinity of Newville.His family consisted of five children, viz: Jacob; Mary wife of A. Ramseyer, of Lima; Eliza, wife of G. Sourer, of Newville, Indiana; Mrs. Rosina Anner, of Newville, Indiana; and Fred, who is in the drug business at Lima.

Jacob Moser, who was the eldest of the family, was educated in Switzerland and learned the hatter's trade with his father.After coming to America, he located at Bluffton, this county, and embarked in the drug business, in which he continued for some eight years, then locating in Lima, where, in association with J.Myers, he conducted a well-patronized drug- store for five years.In 1884, after selling his interest, he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business and as a member of the firm of Townsend, Moser & Company, was so occupied until 1893.Mr. Moser is known as one of the honest and upright business men of this city, and has a wide circle of personal, as well as business friends.He is socialby nature, and for many years has been active both in the Odd Fellow and Masonic fraternities.

In 1888 Mr. Moser became associated with the South Side Building & Loan Association, and has been its secretary since that year.He is a man of public spirit and many always be found with those who work for the best interests of the city.

On March 11, 1861, Mr. Moser was united in marriage with Elizabeth Neuenschwander, of Wayne County, Ohio, a native of this State.Four children have been born to them, viz: Emma, who married Dr. F. G. Stueber, of Lima; Bertha, wife of W. H. Deakin, of Lima; and Calvin and Albert, both deceased.Mr. and Mrs. Moser have a very pleasant and attractive home, which is located at No. 506 West North street.

Albert Moser, A. M., M. D., Mr. and Mrs. Moser's younger son, was a graduate both of Oberlin College and the medical department of Harvard University.He served in the Spanish- American War, where he contracted the illness which terminated in his death, December 8, 1903, at the Saranac Lake Sanitarium, New York.


From History of Allen County, Ohio and Representative Citizens, Part 2, Edited & Compiled by Charles C. Miller, Ph. D.; Richmond & Arnold, Publishers, Chicago, 1906