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The man who devotes his talent and energy to the noble work of administering to the ills and alleviating the sufferings of humanity, pursues a calling which in dignity and importance and beneficial results is second to no other. If he is true to his profession and earnest in his efforts to enlarge his sphere of usefulness, he is indeed a benefactor to all of his kind, for to him more than any other man are entrusted the safety, the comforts and, in many instances, the lives of his patients. Among this class of professional men is Dr. Robert Andrew Jacobsen, who for several years has had no superior among the physicians of Audubon county, Iowa. During this time, he has not only gained a wide reputation in his chosen profession but he has also established a reputation for uprightness of character in all of the relations of life. He early realized that to those who attain permanent success in the medical profession, there must be given not only technical ability but also a broad human sympathy. Dr. Jacobsen has dignified and honored his profession by noble services and in this profession he has attained unqualified success. Today he enjoys a large and flourishing practice.

Robert A. Jacobsen was born on August 6, 1879, at Des Moines, Iowa. He is the son of Andrew J. and Sophia (Knudson) Jacobsen, the former a native of Germany and the latter of Denmark. Andrew J. Jacobsen came to America when he was seventeen years old. He came alone and subsequently located at Davenport, Iowa. He remained there only a short time and then moved to Des Moines and assisted in building the Rock Island railroad into Des Moines. He engaged in the grocery business after that and for some years was exceedingly successful in this business. After a time he moved to Lakeview, Iowa, and purchased a farm and farmed for a number of years. He is now retired.

Andrew J. and Sophia Jacobsen had five children, namely: Thomas; Marie, who married D. M. Hutchinson; Carrie, who married L. Armstrong; Dr. Robert A., the subject of this sketch; and Fred, who is deceased.

Robert A. Jacobsen attended the common school at Des Moines, Iowa. After finishing the course in the common school, he attended high school at Lincoln, Nebraska, and then became a student at the Iowa State University, at Iowa City. He studied medicine at the university for four years and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1904. He then came to Exira, Iowa, where he has remained since that time. Doctor Jacobson is a member of the Iowa State Medical Society, the State Homeopathic Society, and is prominent in the councils of his profession in the state of Iowa.

Dr. Robert A. Jacobsen was married, June 16, 1904, to Adeline Brown, the daughter of Fred J. Brown. Three children have been born to Doctor Jacobsen and wife: Marvin B. and two who died in infancy. Mrs. Jacobsen was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where her parents still live.

Mrs. Jacobsen is a member of the Presbyterian church. Doctor Jacobsen is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He served as treasurer of the school board of Exira for two terms and in politics is an ardent Republican. Doctor Jacobsen enjoys a large practice in this part of Audubon county, a practice to which he is justly entitled because of his high professional merits and his upright, honorable career.

Transcribed by Gunter Schanzenbacher, Waynesboro, PA, March 27, 2013 from History of Audubon County, Iowa Its People, Industries and Institutions With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, by H. F. Andrews, editor, Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1915, pp. 874-875.

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