Born: September 18, 1909 in Brevik, Norway

Died: March 9, 1986

Married: February 14 [or 4], 1945, Anne Rice Jacobsen

Children: None

Jacob Wendell Jacobsen was one of the Norwegian merchant seamen who sailed to America during World War II instead of returning home after Norway was invaded by the Nazis. In port in New York City, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to Saranac Lake to cure, along with perhaps several hundred others like him. On December 13, 1943, Dr. John N. Hayes evaluated Jacobsen, and recorded that he was a Sea Captain, age 36. His previous address had been 619 86th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., and he was presently living at 60 Park Avenue. 1 His cure was successful, and he married and lived for many years afterward in Saranac Lake, where he found employment as a lab technician at the Saranac Laboratory and also at Will Rogers Hospital. Chris Brescia remembers that Jacobsen worked with Morris Dworski in the clinical laboratory at Will Rogers. He tended the graves of his countrymen in Pine Ridge Cemetery. However, he is not buried with them.



1. "Report of a Case of Tuberculosis," on file in the Adirondack Collection, Saranac Lake Free Library.