CHARLES G. HEINZ. A well known and successful business man of Carlinville, who has figured prominently in the political life of the municipality, is Charles G. Heinz, member of the firm of H. C. Heinz & Bro. He is a native of this city, his birth having occurred on the 24th of May, 1858, his parents being Peter and Johanna (Knaubuer) Heinz, both natives of Bavaria. To them were born seven children, five of whom are surviving.
Peter Heinz was reared and educated in Bavaria, where he also learned the carpenter's trade, emigrating to the United States in 1852. The first year of his residence here was spent on a farm in the vicinity of Chesterfield where he worked out by the month. At the end of that period he came to Carlinville where he worked as a painter for a time, later engaging in carpentry work and contracting. He was a skillful workman and erected several business blocks as well as residences here, meeting with most excellent success in his work. He later withdrew from contracting work and opened a little shop in which he manufactured furniture and coffins, all hand work; he later extended the scope of his activities and added to his stock factory products, continuing to be identified with the furniture business until his retirement in 1883. He was succeeded by his two sons, Henry C. and Charles G., who later took their brother Gustave into the firm. The father passed away in 1905, at the age of seventy-eight, having survived his wife one year, her demise occurring at the same age. Peter Heinz always found time and inclination to take part in all community affairs and was several times called to positions of trust in the county and township, while he most efficiently served the municipality. He was elected county treasurer for one term, while he served three terms as mayor and filled some of the minor offices of both city and township. His political support was always accorded the democracy, while both he and his wife were communicants of the German Lutheran church.
Charles G. Heinz was given the advantages of a good education, which was begun in the parochial school, where he attended six years. Later he entered the public school for two years and then went to Blackburn University where he remained for a year. At the expiration of that period, considering that he had sufficient knowledge to begin his commercial career, he entered his father's store, which for the past twenty-eight years he and his brothers have been conducting. Theirs is one of the oldest and best known business houses in the city, having been established for over a half a century. They carry a full and well assorted stock of furniture, in connection with which they also maintain an undertaking department.
Fraternally Mr. Heinz is connected with the Knights of Pythias, while his political support he accords to the democratic party. He has always prominently participated in all political activities and was a delegate to the National Conventions held both in Indianapolis and Chicago. At the last municipal election he was chosen a member of the city council from his ward, the duties of which office he will undoubtedly discharge with the same conscientious and scrupulous regard for his responsibilities he has always exhibited in every position of trust. He is one of the affluent citizens of the community and in addition to his other business is secretary of the Carlinville Building & Loan Association of which he was one of the first stockholders.