Lee County Biography


Conrad Heibenthal owns a farm of one hundred and eighty-seven acres on section 24, Ashton township, and is a worthy representative of agricultural interests of this locality, for he follows always the most progressive and practical methods and in the cultivation of his property has surrounded himself with a gratifying measure of success. He was born in Bradford township November 6, 1860, and is a son of Charles and Martha Heibenthal, natives of Germany. They came to America in the early '40s, and located in Lee county, Illinois, where both passed away. Seven children were born to their union of whom six are yet living.

Conrad Heibenthal was reared at home and acquired his education in the public schools of Bradford township. He remained upon his father's farm until he was twenty-three years of age and then rented land for some years, after which he bought a farm in Bradford township. This property he developed and improved for nineteen years thereafter, making it one of the finest farms in the vicinity. When he disposed of it he bought the farm in Ashton township, upon which he now resides. This comprises one hundred and eighty-seven acres on section 24 and under Mr. Heibenthal's direction has become an attractive and valuable property. It is equipped with substantial buildings and the fields are in a high state of cultivation, yielding bountiful harvests annually.

In 1884 Mr. Heibenthal was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Nauman, a native of Bradford township and a daughter of John and Martha (Wagner) Nauman, natives of Germany. The parents came to America at an early date and both died in this country. In their family were eleven children. Mr. and Mrs. Heibenthal have two children: Charles F., a resident of Lee county; and Cora A., at home. The parents are members of the Evangelical church and Mr. Heibenthal gives his political allegiance to the republican party. He has served in the office of school director and he is at all times progressive and public-spirited in matters of citizenship, taking an intelligent interest in community affairs.

He has spent his entire life in Lee county and his character and accomplishments have commended him to the respect and esteem of all who know him.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.



Harvey W. Heibenthal, engaged in general farming and stock raising upon two hundred and forty acres of land on section 23, Bradford township, was born upon this property March 2, 1886. He is a son of William and Christina (Kersten) Heibenthal, natives of Lee county and residents of Ashton. In their family were seven children, of whom five are still living, as follows: Harvey W., of this review; Delia, the wife of Fred Tadd; and Alta, Ada and Clarence, at home. Mr. and Mrs. Heibenthal lost two daughters. Hattie and Clara.

Harvey W. Heibenthal grew up on his father's farm in Bradford township and was reared to farm life, becoming early familiar with the best and most practical agricultural methods. He married in 1911 and afterward rented the homestead, whereon he has since resided. This comprises two hundred and forty acres of excellent land on section 23, Bradford township, and Mr. Heibenthal has carried forward the work of its development and improvement along progressive and modern lines, making it increase in value and productiveness year by year. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding cattle and has extensive interests along this line.

In 1911 Mr. Heibenthal married Miss Rose E. Henert, a daughter of George and Anna K. (Griese) Henert, natives of Germany. The parents came to America at an early date and lived for many years in Lee county, where the father passed away in 1901. Mr. Heibenthal is a republican in his political beliefs and is connected fraternally with Lodge No. 977, I.O.O.F., and the Rebekahs. His wife is also a member of the latter organization. Both are well known in Bradford township, and they have an extensive circle of friends within the borders of Lee county.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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