______________________________________________________________________This obituary was published in The Steubenville Weekly Gazette, Thursday, September 20, 1917.
Fall Off Furnace Fatal To Workman
Jacob I. Meinzen, 24, well known young man of this city, met instant death when he fell from the top of a furnace in the blast furnace department of the La Belle Iron Works at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. He dropped a distance of over 100 feet and was horribly crushed. The remains were removed to the Lindsey funeral parlor and later to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meinzen, at 306 South Third street.
Mr. Meinzen was employed at the La Belle Iron Works as a pipe fitter and was engaged in various parts of the mill. On Wednesday afternoon he was engaged in pipe fitting on the top of one of the giant furnaces when he was seen suddenly to fall from his position on a ladder and descend to the ground with terrific speed. Fellow workmen were unable to save him. When picked up, a few seconds after his fearful descent, he was dead, every bone in his body being broken.
Mr. Meinzen was well known here, having spent all his life in this city. He was born in Steubenville in December, 1892. He married Miss Sudie Coss just one year ago and leaves his wife and one daughter, Elizabeth, aged two months. He leaves his parents and the following brothers and sisters: Henry Meinzen, of Youngstown; Robert Meinzen, of Warren, Ohio; Mrs. Belle Hashman, Mrs. Lulu Sticker, Mrs. Minnie Harris, Mrs. Betty Henderson and Mrs. Russell Rhome, all of Steubenville. He was a member of the Third Presbyterian church. He was a Maccabee.
______________________________________________________________________Notes and Additional Information
Jacob married Sudie Coss on September 4, 1916. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born on May 29, 1917.
Jacob's death was the second family death at LaBelle Iron Works.