B.H. Jacobs is a native of Bredstedt, duchy of Schlesvig, which formerly belonged to Denmark, but is now a German state. He came to America at ten years of age and lived in Ohio until he came, with his family, to Redlands, September 28, 1891. His early life was spent in mercantile pursuits. In l861, under the special call of Governor Brough, of Ohio, he entered the United States service in the 169th regiment of O.V.I. After the war he continued the business of general merchandise, having formed a partnership with his former employer. In 1872, with others, he started “Lakeside,” the Chautauqua assembly of Ohio, an enterprise in which he still retains an interest. In 1875 Mr. Jacobs married Miss Clara Kingham, of Port Clinton, Ohio. He has devoted most of his energies to orange growing since coming to Redlands, having purchased a grove on Cypress avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs are active members of the Methodist church and he is the president of the board of directors of the Y.M.C.A. He is also a leader in temperance reforms.
(Source: Illustrated Redlands, 1897, pg. 39)