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My ancestor Nicholas Jacoby left Luxembourg in 1847 with his wife Maria Hengel, his Brother–in-law, Peter Hengel, and four children. When they finally arrived in Belgium, Wisconsin, Nicholas Jacoby and Peter Hengel bought adjoining farms outside of Dacada. They bought that land, not from any individual owner, but from the United States of America.
My Father was one of an unbroken line of Jacobys who grew up on that land. He now owns the log house that Peter Hengel built in 1853. This is the home where my brother and I were raised and right next to my grandparents, John Jacoby and Mildred Schneider. My grandparents were humble and kind people who proudly lived a life of hard work and faith. They spoke the Lëtzebuergesch of 1840’s as passed down through their parents.
My grandparents farmed as Luxembourgers, they worshiped as Luxembourgers, ate the food of Luxembourgers and they helped to raise me as a Luxembourger. They were active members of their community of Luxembourgers – and now I am a leader of an international community of Luxembourgers. This is very important to me and the responsibility I have for the LACS I take very seriously.