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Jake Allex Mandusich was born July 13 1887 in the Serbian village of Salo Srlaseka outside the city of Prizren He was raised in a large household which included eight brothers and sisters He regrettably only attended four years of grammar school so that he could earn money to help support his family Jake then began earning money working as a shepherd As a young man his physique could be describes as lanky and lofty Jake was also described as eloquently spoken resourceful and life smart by his acquaintances Jake knew at a young age that he wanted more with his life than to resign in the village Jake yearned for opportunity and an urban background At the ripe age of eighteen Jake set out on a journey to America for in his own words to better my life NogulichIn 1905 Jake and his two older brothers Kristo and Anto set out on a quest to America Their intentions for going to America were so that they could earn money to construct a large home in their village to house their entire family The three brothers crossed the rough Atlantic by boat to enter through the chaotic and historic Ellis Island Jake and his brothers chose the city of Chicago to become their temporary residence They chose Chicago because during that time period it was considered an industrial city also majority of people with Serbian backgrounds resigned in Chicago Jake found work in a packing house for the Morris Company a stock yard till 1910 Jake Allex as he became known as in the United States began to melt into the mainstream American life Jake fell in love with the country it was urban and the opportunities seemed endless However Jake was greatly missed in his home village In 1910 Jakes parents pleaded for him to return home for a visit and to find a wife and so he didIn 1910 Jake was arranged to
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