Hélène (1854–1928) and Alfred (1841–1931) Jacobsson were a bourgeois couple typical of their time in Turku. Hélène was brought up in a wealthy family and she had been educated and raised to be a good wife. She was the daughter of consul Alexander Adolf Kumlin and Maria Charlotta Kumlin, née Kingelin. The Jacobssons were also involved in founding the Åbo Akademi University Endowment in 1917. Alfred was the son of Charlotta Albertina Myrberg and Johan Jacobsson, a captain in the merchant navy. Alfred was a successful businessman and was actively involved in several companies, among them for instance iron industries, beer factories, steamship companies, banks and insurance companies. Hélène and Alfred were married in 1877. The couple never had biological children, but adopted a girl called Kerstin from Sweden in 1891.