Jacob F. Giering became a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, in the year following that of his birth, which occurred at New Castle, Pennsylvania, on the 27th of July, 1869. His parents, Louis and Mary (Andler) Giering, were born and reared in Wurttemberg, Germany, where their marriage was solemnized and whence they came in 1864 to the United States and establishing their residence at New Castle, Pennsylvania, the father having there continued to follow his trade, that of cooper, until 1870, when he came with his family to Ohio and established himself in the cooperage business in Youngstown, which then gave slight semblance of the important industrial city which it is to-day. He developed a substantial business in the manufacturing of barrels, casks and similar products, and the enterprises grew to such scope as to require his employment of several workmen. He eventually expanded the enterprise to include the manufacturing and distributing of wine, and various aerated beverages now commonly designated as "soft drinks," besides adding to his business a general bottling works. He was long numbered among the sterling and successful business men of Youngstown, and was one of its venerable and honored citizens at the time of his death, in 1914. His widow, now (1924) eighty-eight years of age, still maintains her home in Youngstown. She is an earnest member of the German Reformed Church, as was also her husband.
Jacob F. Giering attended the public schools of Youngstown until he was twelve years old, and thereafter attended night schools and a business college, in the meanwhile being closely associated with his father's business and familiarizing himself with its varied details. Thus he was well fortified for the successful continuing of the business when he purchased the same from his father, in 1896. He carried forward the enterprise until 1912, when he sold the same to his brother, the late Charles C. Giering, to whom a memoir is dedicated on other pages of this publication. Six months later he purchased property in the City of Alliance, Stark County, where he erected and equipped a bottling plant and operated the same two years. He then sold the property and business and returned to Youngstown. Here he became associated with his brother, Charles C., in building the local Coca Cola Plant on Mahoning Avenue, as a subsidiary of the bottling works owned by his brother and founded by their father. After two years the brothers sold the property on Mahoning Avenue and removed the plant to Sharon, Pennsylvania. After having there conducted the business three months Jacob F. Giering returned to Youngstown, but he soon made a visit to California, and upon coming back to Youngstown he assumed charge of the old established bottling works with which the family name had long been identified, his brother Charles C., owner of the business, having died February 11, 1923. On the 1st of January, 1924, Mr. Giering incorporated this business under the title of the J.F. Giering Bottling Company, and of this corporation he has since been the president, while Clyde E. Wood holds the dual office of secretary and treasurer. The company is incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000 for the manufacturing, bottling and distributing of carbonated beverages, the trade of the company having been extended throughout the greater part of Eastern Ohio.
Mr. Giering is a loyal and public-spirited citizen, is a democrat in political allegiance, and is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of the Golden Eagle. For more than thirty years he sang with the he Youngstown Mannerchor, and of this fine organization he is still a member. He and his family hold membership in the German Reformed Church.
In 1892 Mr. Giering was united in marriage with Miss Rachel Barnickle, who was born and reared at Sharon, Pennsylvania, and they have one son and five daughters: Julia is the wife of William Holtzman, of Youngstown; Gertrude is the wife of Merritt Sharp, and they reside at Long Beach, California; Helen is the wife of Ernest Keller, of Youngstown; Carrie is the wife of Russell Landale, of this city; Dorothy, who remains at the parental home, is a graduate nurse and is following the work of her profession, and Alfred is associated with his father's business.
History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume IV