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Franz Heim
Franz (1842-1911)

Franz and Elisabeth Ziegenfuss Heim

"Franz Heim was born in 1841 in Pennsylvania to German immigrants.  He came to Wisconsin with his family and came to settle in Grant County, Wisconsin."

Elisabeth Ziegenfuss was born on April 12, 1845 at Silberhausen, Thuringia in the Kingdom of Prussia. She was the daughter of Johan Heinrich Ziegenfuss (born March 27, 1816) and Elenora Sander Ziegenfuss (b. August 18, 1818). The family had long history in Silberhausen, and other areas in Central Germany, working as farmers. “Ziegenfuss” literally translates to “Goat’s foot.” Johan and Elenora Ziegenfuss immigrated to the United States in 1856, and came to settle at Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Other than Elizabeth they had Mary Ann Heim, Magdalena Gebhart, Minne Bartel, and John Henry Ziegenfuss. Johan Ziegenfuss died on March 3, 1891 at Breda, Iowa. Elenora Sander Ziegenfuss died January 24th 1894 at Carroll, Iowa. Johan and Elenora are not interred together, as each was buried in the Catholic cemetery in the city where they had expired.

Franz Heim and Elizabeth Ziegenfuss were married in 1866 at Hazel Green, Wisconsin. Along with her parents and siblings, Franz and Elisabeth moved to Carroll County, Iowa in1869. They were the parents of 11 children. The older children all settled in Iowa, mostly in Sac and Carroll Counties. However, their youngest two sons, Nick and Anton traveled to South Dakota and homesteaded at Faulk County. Franz and Elisabeth followed in 1910. Franz Heim died at Faulkton on December 21st 1911, and was interred at St. Thomas Cemetery at Faulkton. Following Anton’s marriage in 1914, Elisabeth returned to Iowa and made her home at Sac City. Mrs. Heim passed away on December 7th, 1929 at Sac City and was interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery at that city.

*All photos and text on this page has been graciously donated by Brandon Heim. Thanks to Brandon and family for sharing with us!*

Elisabeth (1845-1929)

Nick & Anton Heim
              Nick & Anton Heim (ca. 1891)


The Children of Franz and Elisabeth Ziegenfuss Heim:

Michael (1868- 1944) married Emma Yender
(1870-1949) married Mary Reardon
Eleanor (1872-1936) married George Lowder
Magdelene (1874-1945) married Joseph Yender
(1878-1959) married Mary Housen
Barbara (1884-1896)
 (1886-1941) married Margaret Quinn
Maggie (1889-1896)
Anton (1890-1963) married Margaret Lenhoff

Anton Heim 1st Communion
Anton Heim - 1st Communion (ca.1900)
Anton & Margaret
anton & Margaret (Lenhoff) heim

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