A good and faithful wife; a kind, loving and self-sacrificing mother; an affectionate grandmother; a peaceful and accomoding neighbor; a true friend; a faithful member of the Lutheran Church; an interested member of the Ladies Aid Society; a good citizen of our city; a cheerful and smiling friend to hundreds of children in Madison; a Good Samaritan; a lady with a heart as big as that of any philanthropist, has gone to her reward in the person of Mrs. Jacob Kaag. All those who knew her will agree that this is not saying one word too much in her honor.
God, alone, knows how much she has done, not only for her husband, her twelve children, her grandchildren, her brothers and sister and all other relatives, but also for her neighbors and friends and all her acquaintances, especially those who were in trouble and need. God, alone, knows how many tears she dried; how many hearts she made happy; how many a hungry child she fed; how much sunshine she scattered all along the pathway of her life.
Who had more friends; who was a more welcome caller in our homes; who gave a more sincere welcome to her visitors; who was more pleasant to meet than Mrs. Cook (as many people called her), or Julia, as her most intimate friends addressed her?
She was born Dec. 14th 1832, in Wurtenburg, Germany; baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. As a young lady of 21 years she came to this country and to Madison, and soon after, in September, 1853, entered matrimony, in the old Lutheran church on Church Street, with Jacob Kaag. Their union was a very peacful and happy one. Twelve children were born to them, all of which survive their mother. This is the first death of a family of fourteen in more than fifty-five years. That is a record indeed. She spent her married life in Madison and neighborhood, with the exception of a few years in Carrollton, Ky., and Tell City, Indiana. She was, as I have said, a faithful member of this church, and she was a charter member of the Ladies Aid Society, having belonged to it thirty-two years.
The children are:
Mrs. Joseph Hitz
Miss Julia Kaag
Mrs. George Keller
Mrs. Mary Quirin
Mrs. Caroline Rausch
Mrs. Annie Berger
Mrs. Louise Naatz
Mrs. Mollie Switzer
Mrs. Laura Hensler
Mrs. Nettie Arbuckle
Mr. Jacob Kaag
Mr. William Kaag
These 12 children, with the aged father, 31 grandchildren, 4 great-children, 1 brother, Mr. Tobias Eitel, 1 sister, Mrs. Floerke, survive her. They, with many other relatives, the active membership of the Lutheran Church, and hundreds of other friends deplore her loss.
She died Tuesday morning, January 12th, 1909 at about 3:00 o'clock, having reached the age of 76 years and 28 days.
"Blessed are the mercivul, for they shall obtain mercy" is the Scripture text we have applied to her life, and all who knew her will agree that it is appropriate, for she was kind, friendly, accomodating and self-sacrificing to all.