Jacob B. Wineman

Chicago was represented at the Merchants yesterday by the following:  …, J. B. Wineman, …

The Saint Paul Daily Globe
Wednesday Morning, February 22, 1882
Volume V, Number 53, Page 4



A Prominent Business Man and Politician

J. B. Wineman, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, is a merchant of Grand Forks, Dak., and, though a young man, is a politician of considerable note.  He was a delegate to the territorial convention which nominated Gifford, being under instructions to vote for John B. Raymond.  These instructions he followed until the fourth ballot, when he saw that Raymond was doomed to defeat, and with six of the Grand Forks delegates voted for Hon. George H. Walsh.  Mr. Wineman has been a delegate in every city and county convention of the Republican party for the past three years, and is a man with influence and with brilliant prospects.  His ability and energy entitles him to a front place.

The Saint Paul Daily Globe
Saturday Morning, June 19, 1886
Volume VIII, Number 170, Page 1


Jacob Wineman’s clothing store was damaged by the June 16, 1887, Grand Forks/East Grand Forks tornado.


A Wedding.

Special to the Globe.

GRAND FORKS, Dak., Sept. 15. – This afternoon J. B. Wineman, a prominent merchant and Democratic politician of Grand Forks, married Miss Birdie, daughter of Geo. H. Walsh, at the latter’s country seat.  The couple left for St. Paul, Chicago and the East on the evening train.

The Saint Paul Daily Globe
Friday Morning, September 16, 1887
Volume IX, Number 259, Page 1


Hon. Jake Wineman, wife and child, of Grand Forks, N. D., are at the Merchants’ en route to Fort Smith and Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Mrs. Wineman and child are convalescing from the prevailing disease at Grand Forks, and go in part for health and in part to visit her father, Hon. George H. Walsh, who is spending the winter in the South.  As to the sickness at Grand Forks, Mr. Wineman says it is now generally regarded as typhoid fever and treated as such.  The feeling is also general that the water is at fault, and the city council has requested the Johns Hopkins university to send an expert to examine as to the cause of the trouble.  Mr. Wineman said several prominent men had fallen victims, but the havoc was greatest among the young women, who were particularly affected through suppressions.  The trouble was intensified by the feeling of alarm which at first prevailed; in every gathering it was the subject of conversation.  Where two or three were gathered together the conversation turned on that and fear was the result, and the way was paved for the approach of the dread disease rather than to resist.  The tendency now is to look at the matter in a more sensible light and to do all they can to build up confidence, and since that has been the case the doctors have had much better results. 

The Saint Paul Daily Globe
Monday Morning, January 22, 1894
Volume XVII, Number 22, Page 4


J. B. Wineman, 79, Attorney and Civic Leader Here, Dies

Resident Here for Over Half a Century Succumbs Unexpectedly in St. Paul Hospital

J. B. Wineman, well-known Grand Forks attorney, and a leader in civic affairs here more than half a century, died unexpectedly Thursday at 4 P. M. in Miller hospital, St. Paul.  He was 79 years old.

Although Mr. Wineman had been at his office each day, he had not been “feeling well” recently, his physician said.  Monday he went to St. Paul, entering the hospital Tuesday.

He had not undergone an operation before his death, which came as a shock to his friends.  His Grand Forks physician, who visited with Mr. Wineman Thursday morning, said he seemed in “good spirits” then.

Headed Bar Association

Mr. Wineman at the time of his death was an assistant states attorney, having been appointed in 1933, and also was president of the Grand Forks County Bar association and of the Grand Forks County Historical society. 

He was one of the last connecting  links between the Grand Forks of today and the pioneer life of the city.

From his first days here until his death, he was active in fraternal, social, business and political affairs.  He served as a member of the state legislature from Grand Forks county in the 1893 and 1895 sessions.  Other public offices Mr. Wineman had held include 16 years as states attorney of Grand Forks county, alderman for four years and city attorney for six years.

Led Taxpayers Movement

In addition to public offices, he has held numerous positions in the Masonic lodge, was chairman of the Grand Forks county chapter of the American Red Cross from the World war until 1935, and was active in the formation of the Grand Forks City Taxpayers association, serving as secretary for two years.

Born in Chicago Aug. 9, 1859, Mr. Wineman witnessed the great Chicago fire.  He received his education in Chicago and in 1878 he moved to St. Paul, from where he traveled for four years before coming to Grand Forks in 1882.

Opening a men’s furnishing store in Grand Forks, Mr. Wineman was prominent in the “younger social set,” being one of the founders of the Ancient Order of Bachelors, an organization of younger men of the city, formed to rival the social activities of the Pioneer club.

He also was a member of volunteer fire teams and competed in many tournaments.  It was from this that he became interested in the North Dakota Fireman’s association, serving as one of the original incorporators in 1890, and later being elected president.

Admitted the Bar in 1890

He disposed of his mercantile business in 1888 and the following year entered the office of the clerk of the district court as deputy.  He was admitted to the bar in 1890.

He was elected alderman in 1897 and served four years on the city council.  He was then elected state’s attorney of Grand Forks county, holding the office until 1909.  He was appointed city attorney of Grand Forks in 1910 by Mayor M. F. Murphy and served six years.

In 1922 he was again elected state’s attorney and began a six-year term in 1923.

Mr. Wineman was married Sept. 15, 1887 to Miss Florence E. Walsh, daughter of James A. Walsh, one of the prominent pioneer settlers of the Red river valley, and a Grand Forks attorney.

Mrs. Wineman died January 27, 1936.  Their only son, Major Ansel G. Wineman of the United States army died in Honolulu, May 12, 1930.

Mr. Wineman was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, the Masonic lodge and Kem temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Survivors include a brother, Henry L. Wineman of Los Angeles; four nieces, Mrs. Esther Munns of Grand Forks, Mrs. Ruth Tierney of East Grand Forks, Mrs. Florence E. Damon of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Mrs. Lillian Wineman of Devils Lake; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Sam L. Wineman of Devils Lake; and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude C. Wineman of Grand Forks.

The body will be returned here late today or early Saturday.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Grand Forks Herald
Friday, March 17, 1939
Volume 58, Number 117, Page 1


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