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Jacob Janse Schermerhorn: Tinker, Builder, and Firearms Dealer

Jacob Janse, the progenitor of the Schermerhorn family in upstate New York, left Amsterdam and landed in America in 1636 at the approximate age of 14. It is thought that he was one of the young boys who came to America to assist with the building of a mill at Rensselaerswyck.

Jacob worked as a carpenter for quite some time after his arrival, and then became employed to do some copying. After the age of 21, Jacob began working in the fur-trade industry, which was a booming business in the area at the time. He found this career prosperous and by 1649, had accumulated a considerable amount of property.

Jacob went into business with Jacob Ryntgens, and together, they purchased firearms from the West India Trading Co., which they would then sell to the local Indians. Governor Stuyvesant, who was also trading arms with the Indians and wanted to eliminate his competition, had both Jacobs arrested in 1648. They were sentenced to banishment and their property was confiscated. Their banishment was revoked just a few months later because other influential colonists thought it was undeserved. However, their property was never returned to them.

This did not appear to slow either Jacob down for long. The sentence did nothing to tarnish their reputations, and before long, they had amassed a substantial amount of property again.

Jacob Schermerhorn later served in multiple elected positions, including constable of Albany, NY in 1676. He eventually moved to Schenedtady, NY, where he passed away at the approximate age of 66. His estate at the time of his death was worth approximately $23,000, an amount that would be worth more than a million dollars today. Not bad for a guy who had to start from scratch - twice.
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Jack Albert Wrye with Babe Ruth

George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. (1895 ? 1948) was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1914 to 1935. He began his career as a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Babe Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), slugging percentage (.690), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164), some of which have been since been broken. Ruth was one of the first five inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Here he is seen holding a small Jack Wrye and smiling for the camera. This photo would have been taken towards the end of Babe Ruth's career.
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