Photos of Days Gone By

J. L. Robinson Store as it is Today

The store opened in 1881 and is still owned by the family of the original owner, C.C. Robinson. Mr. Robinson earned the money to start the store working for the railroad, the Jacksonville Southeastern RR Line. Hagaman had three grocery stores in the early days, two railroads running four routes a day, a warehouse, a town hall, a hotel, and St. Catherine's Catholic Church. 30 to 40 people lived in town with three creeks (Hodges, Lick and Bear) providing the water. When C.C. died his son J. L. Robinson inherited it, who upon his death gave it to his cousin J.B. Robinson. The store was closed in 1962. It was purchased from Zoa Robinson (J.B.'s wife) by two cousins, Bill and Charlie Jacoby. They in turn sold the store to Mary and Bob Smith, who with the help of family put a new roof on the store, and tried to get it to take a coat of paint. Today it is the hands of Kathleen and Liz Jacoby. The family is in the final stages of making this national landmark a nonoprofit which might help in getting grants to preserve the old store.In the summer of 2012 family members led by Kate Jacoby repainted most of the store and had the facade repaired.

Great Grandparents Philip and Annie Jacoby

Married May 16, 1868 in Carrollton, Illinois. Philip was a blacksmith in North Alton and Rockbridge until 1887. He rented a farm in Western Mound for three years until he sold his home and business in Rockbridge and purchased 160 acres near Hagaman in 1890. "The Lord blessed us with eleven children, eight boys and three girls.( John Philip b. Feb. 16, 1867, North Alton; William Thomas, b. April 24, 1873, Rockbridge; Henry Carl, July 4, 1878, Rockbridge; Otto Benjamin, May, 19, 1881; Albert Harris, July 3,1888, Hagaman; Frederick Casper, October 14, 1890, Hagaman; Chester Andrew, January 30, 1894, Hagaman; Anna, Nov 21, 1875, Rockbridge; Ida,August 30, 1883, Rockbridge, and Lizzie, July 15, 1886, Rockbridge)

Chick Jacoby Sr. and Mayme Robinson

Chester Andrew (Chick) Jacoby Sr. and his wife Mayme Robinson on a park bench in Chicago.

Possum Trot School House(Sulphur Springs)

Housed eight grades at once. School was in session if there was a teacher, and that the older students hadn't run the teacher out of town by applying a physical beating. The time is spoken about the year a gambler running fron the law taught for a year with his pistols sitting on the teacher's desk. He had no attendance problems. Chick Jacoby Sr. described him as a "pistoleer." In fact it was customary for the students to come with their fathers to see the new teacher get abused. The gambler made the farmers ,who came that day, attend school for that term with their children, If they didnt show up he went looking for them with his pistols at his side.