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Jacob was born/baptized May 13, 1895 in Turzovka, Upper Hungary, in what is now (2019) Slovakia. He was one of ten children born to Stephan Sucik and Susanna Cubon. At age 18 he left home, reportedly to avoid mandatory military service, boarded the SS. Rhein that left Bremen, Germany, on September 25, 1913 and arrived at the port of Baltimore, Maryland, October 10th. He was single and no family members accompanied him. He went to work in the glassworks in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, where he boarded with a family by the name of Okapal/Okopal. There he met and fell in love with their daughter Veronica. They married and had three children in Blairsville. They then moved to Aurora, Illinois, about 1921 where they had two more children.
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