Henry Jobgen, nurseryman and farmer of Rock Township, was born in the district of Koblenz, Prussia, March 26, 1838 and is the second of eight children born to William and Anna (Smitz) Jobgen, who were born in 1808 and 1810, respectively. They were married in 1832, and came to the United States in 1855, settling at Lyons, Iowa, where the father died in 1871. The mother is still living and is a resident of Lyons. Henry was educated at Kreuzberg, Rhine, Province of Prussia, and came with his parents to the United States and settled in Iowa. Here he worked at whatever he could find to do and succeeded in learning the nursery business. He came to St. Louis County, Mo., in 1860, and here followed that business until 1871, when he came to Jefferson County and purchased
fifty seven acres near Rock Creek, three miles northwest of Kimmswick,
where he has since been successfully engaged in the nursery business.
He was married in 1864 to Miss Mary McCarty, a native of Ireland who
came to the United States when only eleven years of age. Her father,
Michael McCarty, was a native of Castle Main, Kerry County, Ireland,
where he passed his life. Of the five children born to Mr. Jobgen and
wife only two are now living: William and Francis H. Mr. Jobgen is an
earnest worker for the cause of education and for the general upbuilding
of the county. He is a man of education, and has been active in helping
to build up a good school in the neighborhood. He is a member of the
Catholic Church, is a Democrat in politics, and his first presidential
vote was for S. J. Tilden.