If John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt had a driver's license, his home state may have been New York. Did you know that the popular children's song became a nationwide trend here in Upstate New York?

According to Wikipedia, the song came to be during the late 19th century and early 20th centuries in popular immigrant communities. These communities were mostly German based.

By the mid-20th century, the song became widely known. In 1931, this is where it takes it's roots in New York:

The Elmira Star Gazette, a newspaper in upstate New York, reported that at a Boy Scout gathering at Seneca Lake, as scouts entered the mess hall "Troop 18 soon burst into the first camp song, 'John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith.

The famous song is one that can go on forever. There really isn't an ending for it. We can all thank our Great Grandfathers here in New York for this camping gem.


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