Charles M. Jacobs

Aug 05, 2019
Charles Jacobs

South Thomaston — The community of South Thomaston is saddened by the loss of Chuck Jacobs.

He died Saturday, July 18, 2019, in the Maine wilderness.

He was born Oct. 11, 1956, in Millington, N.J., to George and Betty Shirley (Hagen) Jacobs.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Ann Jacobs, of Maunaloa, Hawaii; a niece, Elenka Jacobs; two nephews, Adrian and Rendy Jacobs; and his closest companion, his dog, Scooter. He also remained close friends with his former wife, Karen Craigo, throughout his life.

A historian, he was the former curator-director of the Hardin County Historical Museums in Kenton, Ohio, and he considered Kenton his true home. His greatest source of pride was being named Hardin County Citizen of the Year. He authored the book “Kenton Toys: The Real Thing In Everything But Size” during his time in this position.

After leaving Hardin County, he also served as director of the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee, Ohio, and the Joel Lane House in Raleigh, N.C. He had worked for the Huddleston Farmhouse and National Road Interpretive Center in Cambridge City, Ind., and the Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis. He got his start at the Custer Battlefield, now known as the Little Bighorn National Monument, in Crow Agency, Mont.

In recent years, Charles had lived on the coast of Maine, where he was an author and a purveyor of “dirigibilia,” a term he coined to refer to dirigible memorabilia. He was the unofficial historian and archeologist of South Thomaston, where he delighted in bringing the local past to life. His most important scholarly contribution, a biography of historic jazz clarinetist and bandleader Ross Gorman, is unpublished at this time.

In South Thomaston, he found his calling in service. He enjoyed taking care of the local library as a volunteer custodian, and he was a member of the Lions Club and the Wessaweskeag Historical Society.

The best way to honor Chuck’s memory is to be kind to one another.

The South Thomaston Library, Lions Club and Wessaweskeag Historical Society invite Chuck’s friends to a celebration of Chuck’s life Friday, Aug. 16, at the People’s United Methodist Church, 13 Chapel St. Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 4 p.m. for an informal gathering to share Chuck stories and a dish to pass at a community potluck supper.

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