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HEIM, John

John HEIM, the popular circuit clerk of Marshall county and formerly a leading butcher of Henry, was born in what was then Putnam, but is now Marshall county, Illinois, April 15, 1856, and is a son of Jonathan and Mary (ADAMS) HEIM, natives of Pennsylvania. The father, a contractor and builder by occupation, came to the west in 1853, locating at Henry, where he spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1873, at the age of fifty-three years. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife has also been a lifelong member. At the age of seventy-seven years, she is still living with a daughter, Mrs. Mary WONDER, of Lodi, Illinois.

Our subject is one of a family of twelve children, eight of whom still survive, his seven sisters being Harried, wife of John HECKERT, of Peoria; Catharine, wife of Aaron DEFENBAUGH, a farmer of Kansas; Sophia, wife of Joseph MERDIAN, of Henry, Illinois; Sarah, wife of W. G. SNYDER, of Wyoming, Illinois; Mary, wife of George WONDER, of Lodi; Bettie, wife of D. W. HORROM, of Henry, and Amanda, wife of Thomas GILKERSON, of Battle Creek, Michigan. The others all died in early life.

In the public schools of Henry, John HEIM secured his literary education, and began his business career as a clerk in a dry goods store, after which he was similarly employed in a grocery store, both in Henry. In 1873 he embarked in the meat-market business, which he has since successfully carried on. He is a man of high standing in financial circles, as he conducts his business on strictly honest principles, and is looked upon as a useful and honorable citizen.

In 1877, Mr. HEIM was united in marriage with Miss Sarah WALTER, a daughter of Allen WALTER of Streator, Illinois, and to them have been born two children: Grace, a graduate of the Henry schools, and Lyla, who is attending school. The parents are both earnest members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and socially, Mr. HEIM is connected with the Knights of Pythias fraternity, a charter member of the Commercial club of Henry, and a prominent member of the Odd Fellows lodge, in which he has passed all the chairs.

Mr. HEIM was elected alderman of the first ward in the spring of 1895, the first republican ever elected in that ward. He was nominated by acclamation at the republican convention held at Lacon in August, 1896, candidate for circuit clerk, and was elected by a liberal majority over a popular candidate. Since old enough to vote, Mr. HEIM has been identified with the republican party, in the success of which he takes a deep interest. He is one of the influential and prominent citizens of Henry, and is a man of much force of character, strong individuality, and his pleasant, social manner has won him a host of warm friends.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.


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