Lee County Biography


William Heinzeroth is well known as a representative and highly respected farmer of Lee county, his home being in Reynolds township, but business is only one phase of his activity, for he takes a most helpful interest in church and Sunday-school work and has contributed largely to the agricultural development of the community. He was born in this county October 2, 1859, and is a son of Michael and Anna S. (Schuchhard) Heinzeroth, both of whom were natives of Germany but came to America in 1856 and settled in Lee county. Here they remained until called to their final rest. They were numbered among the pioneer citizens and lived to witness remarkable changes as the years passed on and the \work of improvement and development was carried forward. In their family were eight children: Anna G., now deceased; William, of this review; John M.. who is living in LaSalle county, Illinois; Henry, whose home is in Bradford township; Justus, a resident of Lee county; George, whose home is in North Dakota; Mary, who has passed away; and Anna, the wife of R. Moore, of Dixon.

William Heinzeroth remained at home with his parents until twenty-three years of age and then married Miss Catherine Wagner, whose family is mentioned in connection with the sketch of William A. Ewald on another page of this volume. Following his marriage Mr. Heinzeroth began renting land in Reynolds township, cultivating a farm in this fashion for some years, but he was ambitious to own land and carefully saved his earnings until in 1901 he was able to purchase one hundred and sixty acres situated on section 30, Reynolds township. This he has partially improved, his methods adding much to its attractive appearance. The soil is naturally rich and productive and responds readily to the care and labor bestowed upon it. The place is divided into fields of convenient size by well kept fences and the latest improved machinery facilitates the work of cultivating and caring for the crops. Neatness and thrift characterize the development of the farm, and capable management has been the foundation of his growing success.

To Mr. Heinzeroth by his first marriage there were born five children: Emma E. now the wife of Henry Wagner; George M., living in Ogle county, Illinois; Benjamin H., of Lee county; Justus F., at home; and Jacob M., who is also with his father. The wife and mother passed away February 22, 1904, and was laid to rest in the Reynolds cemetery. Five years passed and in 1909 Mr. Heinzeroth was again married, his second union being with Miss Louise E. Muller, who was born in Woodford county, Illinois, in 1867, and is a daughter of John B. and Barbara (Koerner) Muller, both of whom were natives of Germany. Making arrangements to cross the Atlantic, they came to America on the 12th of April, 1857, and then traveled into the interior of the country, settling first in Peoria county. Illinois. Subsequently they established their home in Woodford county, Illinois. At the time of the Civil war the father responded to the country?s call for troops and for three years was at the front, giving valiant aid to the Union cause, during which time he participated in a number of hotly contested engagements. Both he and his wife are now deceased. One of their six children passed away in infancy.

Politically Mr. Heinzeroth is a republican. He served as path-master for five years and as school director for six years and has done much in various ways to further the interests of the community in which he lives. Fraternally he is connected with Ashton Camp, No. 48, M.W.A., and aside from business is most active in church work. Both he and his wife are members of the Evangelical Association of North America, Mr. Heinzeroth having united therewith when but fourteen years of age. He is now active as secretary of the church, as assistant superintendent of the Sunday school and also as a member of the board of trustees. No good work done in the name of charity or religion seeks his aid in vain and his efforts have been productive of splendid results, making him one of the valued citizens of the community, his influence being far-reaching and beneficial.

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

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