ALBERT A. HEINZ. Carlinville has always been the home of Albert A. Heinz, the well known proprietor of the Carlinville Steam Laundry, his birth having occurred here on the 28th of April, 1864. He is of German extraction and a son of Peter and Johanna (Knabner) Heinz, both natives of Germany. His paternal grandfather, Henry Heinz, spent his entire life in that country. He was a glass blower by trade, and for many years conducted a factory at Klein, Dettau, Bavaria, where he passed away at the age of seventy-seven years. In early manhood he married Miss Morgenthum, and to them were born five children, namely, Andreas, Wilhelm, Peter, Christina and Fredericke.
Peter Heinz, the father of our subject, was reared and educated in his native land and there learned the cabinetmaker's trade. It was in 1852 that he crossed the Atlantic to the United States and located in the vicinity of Chesterfield, Illinois, where for a year he worked by the month as a farm hand. At the expiration of that time he felt that he had acquired a sufficient knowledge of the language and customs of the country to become more independent and, coming to Carlinville, he worked at his trade for some time and also devoted considerable attention to carpenter work and contracting. He was a skilled mechanic and soon gave evidence of his ability as a workman as well as his trustworthiness and reliability in business affairs. Many contracts were awarded him and he erected a number of business blocks and private residences in Carlinville, but, preferring cabinet work, he later devoted his entire attention to that occupation. Locating on West Main street, he began the manufacture of furniture and coffins by hand and at one time employed four journeymen, all master workmen. At that time walnut was the favored wood and he obtained his material from the farmers who brought him the logs which he had cut in accordance with his requirements. He continued in that business until 1883, when he was succeeded by his sons, Charles G. and Henry C. In early manhood he married Johanna Knabner, a daughter of George and Ernestina (Karlin) Knabner, who emigrated to America and located in Carlinville, Illinois, in 1854. Two years later they erected the residence in which they spent the remainder of their lives and it is now occupied by their grandsons. The death of both occurred in the same summer and they were laid to rest in the city cemetery. Mr. Knabner was a miller by trade and prior to his emigration to this country conducted a grist and sawmill at Langennau. In his family were seven children: Johanna, who became Mrs. Heinz; Fredericke, now Mrs. Loehr, of Carlinville; Theresa, the wife of A. E. Sander, of St. Louis; Edward, also a resident of St. Louis; Charles, of Seattle, Washington; Anton, of Carlinville; and Christian, who died in Texas. The family were all reared in the faith of the Lutheran church. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Heinz had six sons and one daughter: Fredericke, the wife of John Kistner; Charles G.; Theodore, who died in infancy; Henry C.; Albert A.; Adolph, who died at the age of eleven years; and Gustav. All were confirmed in the German Lutheran church, of which the parents were earnest members. The mother died in December, 1904, and the father passed away the following year, both being seventy-eight years of age at the time of their deaths.
Reared under the parental roof, Albert A. Heinz, obtained his early education in the public and German Lutheran parochial schools of Carlinville. In order to acquire a practical knowledge of commercial methods he pursued a course of study at the Johnson Business College of St. Louis, from which he was graduated. He then served an apprenticeship to the tinner's trade, which he followed for fifteen years, and at the end of that time embarked in the laundry business, to which he has since devoted his attention with success.
On the 8th of November, 1898, Mr. Heinz was united in marriage to Miss Clara L. Siegel, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a daughter of George and Clara L. (Horn) Siegel. Her father was born in Waterloo, Illinois, but her mother was a native of Pennsylvania and they were married in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1863. Five years later they became residents of Carlinville and here the father passed away in May, 1911, at the age of seventy-one years, but the mother is still living. Mr. Siegel served his country during the Civil war as a volunteer in a Missouri regiment. Frederick and Julia (Myer) Horn, the maternal grandparents of Mrs. Heinz, were natives of Germany and Mr. Horn was associated with his father in the manufacture of cloth, doing an extensive business. He was married in Newark, New Jersey, after coming to this country and subsequently removed to St. Louis, Missouri, and from there came to Carlinville, where both he and his wife died. Mr. and Mrs. Heinz have three children, Albert E., Regina Verlie and Karl. Fraternally Mr. Heinz is a member of Orient Lodge, No. 95, K.P., and also belongs to the Court of Honor. He is a stanch supporter of the democratic party but has never cared for official honors. He is one of the enterprising and successful business men of Carlinville, and being upright and honorable in all his dealings has made many friends.