From the Fort Wayne Evening Sentinel, March 23, 1898




    Tuesday, March 22, at his home near Huntertown, occurred the death of Jacob Hillegass, a man who for more than half a century had been prominently identified with the affairs of Allen County and northern Indiana.


    Jacob Hillegass was born February 7, 1818, in Montgomery county, Ohio. He was united in marriage May 26, 1841, in Butler county, Ohio, to Miss Lucy A. Powell. Seven children were born to them, five of whom survive him, as follows: Jerry, Hezekiah, Mrs. S.J. Stahl, Mrs. S.B. McManus and Mrs. L.A. West.


    The deceased came to Allen county April 11, 1843, and located at Huntertown, where he has ever since lived, and has devoted the greater part of his life to farming. He was among the most successful and enterprising farmers of northern Indiana and was in the advance guard of progressive agriculture. His home, near the village of Huntertown, is well known as being one of the most beautiful places in the country.


    His educational advantages were somewhat limited but he availed himself to the utmost of his school privileges and throughout his long life was an eager student, an earnest seeker after knowledge and was a true promoter of education and general progress, acting his part nobly in life’s great drama.


    Mr. Hillegass held many positions of trust, the last being the office of county commissioner, to which he was elected in October, 1869, and re-elected three years later, serving in that capacity six years. He was noted among his constituents as a man of energy, marked decision of character and of the most unflinching integrity. He was a communicant of the Presbyterian church for fifty-five years and was a faithful and consistent member of this society – universally liked and respected, and a man without an enemy. For the past year he has been in failing health, his illness being a complication of diseases. Since New Year’s Mr. Hillegass had been a great but patient sufferer, until called to his reward. The funeral will take place Saturday at 1:30 pm, from the Cemetery church at Huntertown.