Jakub Wojciechowski was born on July 3, 1884 in Nówiec, in the former Śremski poviat. His parents - Maciej, who worked as a farmhand and mother Agnieszka from Michalaków - were illiterate people. Jakub had two sisters, Maria and Jadwiga, and a brother, Stanisław.
In the years 1891-1896 he went to school in Kunów nad Odrą. At the age of a dozen he went to Germany and worked in the Oppenheim brick factory in Rudesdorf near Berlin, operated a traveling carousel, worked in coal mines in Westphalia and in Lusatia.
He was drafted into the German army during World War I near Brussels and Antwerp, where in 1914 he was wounded in the head. After leaving the hospital, he was demobilized and until the end of 1918 he worked in the mine in Gelzenkirchen. He was a member of the Union of Poles in Germany and the chairman of the Society of Saint. John - Polish Professional Union. He undertook actions to connect Upper Silesia to Poland.
In Magdeburg he learned about the competition for a workers' diary announced by the Polish Sociological Institute in Poznań. In the autumn of 1921, he began to write his diary.
In 1923 he was dismissed from work. He returned to the country with his wife in 1924. They settled in Łabiszyn, hence by bicycle he traveled to the lime works in Wapno. After some time, he moved to Barcin, from where he was closer to work. In 1929 he built a house at ul. Kościelna 16. In Barcin he belonged to the Union of Greater Poland Insurgents and the PPS.
Jakub Wojciechowski gained fame in the interwar period. On February 22, 1923, his biography received the first prize in a workers' autobiography competition, which was announced by the Sociological Institute in Poznań. In 1930, this diary was published in the study of Józef Chałasiński entitled "Worker's own biography".
In the same year, Wojciechowski met Tadeusz Żeleński-Boy, with whom he had lively correspondence. Boy visited Wojciechowski in Barcin. Witold Gombrowicz, Jerzy Andrzejewski, Paweł Zdziechowski, Stanisław Helszyński and many others did so. Writers and sociologists were interested in the author of the biography of his own worker. They were delighted with the dialect of Greater Poland, Wojciechowski's uncommon memory, his naive honesty and directness in presenting the cultural, social and moral life of the Polish émigré community.
None of the later written compositions matched "Biography".
On November 8, 1935, the Polish Academy of Literature awarded Jakub Wojciechowski the Golden Academic Laurel, the highest distinction of its kind in interwar Poland, for outstanding service to Polish literature.
Wojciechowski's last years were extremely difficult.
"In 1950, the Barcius writer retired. He worked as a caretaker at a collection point for slaughter animals at the local Commune Cooperative for several years.
Jakub Wojciechowski died on June 17, 1958. He was buried in the cemetery in Barcin. Not many people attended the funeral. "The funeral was as modest as the life of the writer in a workers' blouse was modest." Representatives of the local authorities did not participate in it.
Over time, the attitude towards Jakub Wojciechowski changed. In 1972 the second volume of "Biography" appeared, in which the author describes the period from returning from emigration to the last days of his life. His name is given to the Public Library and Primary School No. 2 in Barcin. A chamber of memory for Jakub Wojciechowski is created.
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The Public Library of the City and Commune in Barcin has been widely recognized among the inhabitants of the commune for years, in the environment it plays a very important role in the field of disseminating culture. In 2007 it will be 60 years since Barcińsk library serves the city's community.
The library in Barcin dates back to its traditions until the first half of the 20th century, when Jakub Wojciechowski began "lending" his books to the residents of Barcin in the city. After the war in 1947, after receiving a wardrobe from the then mayor, Wojciechowski gave the city his 220 books and became the first librarian.
On May 21, 1969, the Ordinance of the President of the Presidium of the Voivodship National Council in Bydgoszcz, the Barciński library gained the patron - Jakub Wojciechowski.
The best library in Barcin in the country according to Rzeczpospolita ranking "
Since 2012, the Public Library of the City and Commune of Barcin is in the top ten of the Library Ranking. In 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019 it took first place.
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Against the background of Jakub Wojciechowski sitting on a bench, please take a picture, e.g. a card with your nickname, date and time. Remember the picture must contain: nickname date and time. Picture attached to the log. Of course, this can also be your favorite book.
2. In his hand on his knee Mr. Wojciechowski holds the book - what inscription appears on it?
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