The following obit is taken from The Standard Herald, Warrensburg, Johnson Co, Missouri, dated Fri, April 15, 1904, Vol XXXIX, No. 45.
Jacob Pickel Dead
Founder of Warrensburg Stone Quaries and Former St. Louis Contractor Succumbs to Kidney Trouble.
Jacob Pickel, founder of the stone quarries at Warrensburg, and owner of large areas of stone land near this city, and a pioneer contractor and builder in St. Louis died at his home near his quarries, Monday morning, of kidney trouble.Mr. Pickel had been in failing health for many years. In fact, he moved to this city in 1889, on account of his failing physical powers, and the disease which had wrecked the once rugged frame, completed its work Tuesday morning, and this man whose mind had planned and carried to completion many of the great business edifices of St. Louis, passed peacefully away. The remains, accompanied by the deceased's family, were borne to St. Louis Tuesday night, and the funeral services were held at St. Joseph's church, corner of Eleventh and Biddle streets, of which the deceased was a member and interment was made in Calvary cemetery.
Jacob Pickel was born in Coblence-on the-Rhine, Germany, 71 years ago.He came to New Orleans on a sailing ship when a youth and it was his pride that the first money he made on the American continent was by pumping the water from the hold of the vessel which brought him over while it lay in New Orleans harbor.While in New Orleans he heard of the growing city of St. Louis, and made his way on a steam boat up the river to that city.Being a stone cutter, he found ready employment, and in a few years he sent for his brothers, William and George to come to this country, and they formed a partnership and founded the Pickel cut stone and granite yards at 2007 Gratoit street, St. Louis, which was owned by the deceased at the time of his death.It was at this yard, more than thirty years ago, that a Warrensburg man exhibited to Jacob Pickel a small cube of blue sandstone which had been quarried from the hill in front of what was then known as the Major Davis place, some two miles north of Warrensburg, and it was Jacob Pickel who immediately recognized it as a major quality of building stone and who bought the land and established what was then the greatest quarries that existed in the west.From these quarries and the Gratoit street stone yard grew many of the great buildings of St. Louis, among which were the Merchants Exchange building, the Lindell hotel, the William Barr dry goods emporium building, the Kennett building and many other lesser buildings of Missouri's metropolis of twenty five years ago.As stated above, Mr. Pickel's health failed some fifteen years ago, and leasing his stone yard at St. Louis, he moved to Warrensburg and built a beautiful home in view of the quarries he had made.There he resided until his death, surrounded by his family, who survive him as follows; His wife, sons Frank and Benjamin, and daughters, Misses Elizabeth and Clara.