Don’t miss your chance to hear a little-told, but vitally important story in DeKalb history.
Jeff Marshall will give a presentation on DeKalb barbed wire pioneer Jacob Haish at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center in DeKalb. Haish is renowned for his “S barb” patented in 1875.
Marshall is a DeKalb native and a Glidden Homestead board member. He is a Haish relation and one of the foremost authorities on Jacob Haish. He maintains a website devoted to Haish, called “Jacob Haish Mfg. Co.,” that preserves the history of Jacob Haish’s company and his many contributions to society.
Haish was born March 9, 1827, in Germany, and came to America in 1835 when he was 9 years old. In his youth, he learned the carpentry trade from his father and “possessed natural mechanical ingenuity and displayed ready aptitude in the use of tools.”
At 19, he moved to Illinois and then to DeKalb in 1853, where he entered the lumber business. He built many of the city’s most notable buildings, past and present, including the Glidden Homestead.
His first barbed wire patent is dated Jan. 20, 1874. His “S barb” was patented Aug. 31, 1875. He followed these with many later designs for wire and other innovative devices.
Also on Sunday, visitors can tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked.
Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions.
A full season of programs highlighting “Digging Up the Past” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2016.
A program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead.org/events.html. Programs are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.
The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement.
For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-756-7904.