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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vet and ag pioneer Jacques passes away at 90

From Prescott to all around the world, George L. Jacques took both his seed company and himself on business and military adventures throughout much of his life. The Prescott businessman passed away last week Thursday, Dec. 3 at his home. His funeral will take place this week Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church in Prescott at 11 a.m.

Jacques was born in Prescott in 1925 and served in World War II with the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer on a minesweeper in the South Pacific. He entered the military through the V12 program while in college at Lawrence University in Appleton.

Jacques attended the University of Minnesota after the war and then went into the seed corn business, establishing Jacques Seeds in Prescott. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Jacques Seeds grew from a local seed supplier to farmers into a sizeable U.S. agribusiness, which was then bought by larger chemical and agribusiness companies, including Union Carbide, which purchased it 1977 before selling it in 1980 to Agrigentics.

See more on this story in this week's Prescott Journal on newsstands Wednesday.

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