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Catalog Number 2000.001.0026
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Grayscale studio portrait of a man dressed in a dark three piece suit, white shirt and narrow bow tie. His hair is receding and he has a long pointed mustache.

See Record for Patent Notes on Belleville
Number of images 1
Date 1890
Title Esler, Jacob J.
Collection Agriculture - Esler, Jacob J.
Accession number 2000.001.
People Esler, Jacob J.
Notes 1830-1896 Machinist, Inventor, Manufacturer

See St. Clair Genealogical Society Family History Volume #2: p 286
Parents: Friedrich Esler emigrated from Freinsheim, Germany to Mifflinville, Columbia County,
Pennsylvania in 1837.

Jacob came to Belleville in 1855 and married Louisa Jane Patterson, daughter of pioneers Samuel and Nancy Patterson. Louisa Jane was born in the "Blair Cabin", the first log cabin in Belleville.

Jacob and Louisa moved to Bloomington, IL where Jacob learned of grain drill
manufacturing. They returned to Belleville in 1860.

Daily Advocate newspaper 3/3/1865: P.M. Gundlach and Esler purchased Western Agricultural Works. Note: Partnership dissolved 1867.

Note: Purchased Geiss & Brosius' St. Clair Foundry in 1868.

U.S. Patent Records, St. Louis Public Library:
1869 - Jacob J. Esler of Belleville, IL granted patent for a Seeding Machine, #88465, dated March 30, 1869.

1894 - Andrew Scopp and J. Lese assignors to Sucker State Drill Co., Belleville, IL granted patent for a Grain Drill, #513,060 dated January 16, 1894

The 1877 Belleville City Directory lists Andrew Scopp as the foreman of Esler & Ropiequet.

1868 Belleville City Directory, p 125 (ad page 110) under Foundries lists:
St. Clair Foundry, proprietors Esler & Ropiequet, located Mascoutah between
Main St. and S. First Sts. Esler's res listed at the NE corner Jackson and N 1st (now East B St.)

Historical Review of Belleville by J. Hinchcliffe, pub by GA Harvey, 1870: Page 1 -
Ad for agricultural equipment of all types, manufactured by St. Clair Foundry located on
Mascoutah between Main and First South Sts (now E. Washington St.). Also in
ad Esler & Ropiequet listed as the successors to Geiss & Brosius.

Advocate newspaper 12/19/1873 - J. J. Esler patentee of "Sucker State" grain drills sells privilege to manufacture and sell drill to Hoosier Drill Co. of Milton, Indiana.

1884 Belleville City Street Directory: Co. listed as Esler & Robustly not Sucker State Drill Co.

1887 Belleville City Street Directory: Frederick Saddler, President of Sucker State Drill Co. and Julius Liese, Secretary. Address 18 Mascoutah Ave.

St. Clair County Genealogical Society Family History Volume II Family # 214
Biographical information on Jacob J. Esler by Mr. & Mrs. John Knoch