HENRY C. HEINZ. One of the oldest enterprises of Carlinville is the furniture and undertaking establishment of H. C. Heinz & Brother, which was founded by their father over fifty years ago. The senior partner of the firm, Henry C. Heinz, was born in this city on the 14th of December, 1861, and is a son of the late Peter and Johanna (Knabner) Heinz, 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 atone 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 embers. 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.
The boyhood and youth of Henry C. Heinz were largely devoted to the acquirement of an education, in pursuit of which he attended the parochial school for six years and subsequently the public and high schools, while later he pursued his studies at Blackburn University. After the completion of his education he entered his father's store, which he and his brother Charles subsequently purchased, Gustav also having an interest in the business.
On the 12th of November, 1892, Mr. Heinz married Miss Matilda Heinemeyer, a daughter of Christopher and Carolina (Volger) Heinemeyer. She is also a native of Carlinville, but her parents were born in Braunschweig, Germany, emigrating to the United States and locating in Carlinville in 1856. Here both passed away. Eight children were born of their marriage who attained maturity: Minnie; Caroline; Matilda, now Mrs. Heinz; Louis; Henry; Lucy; Walter; and Flora. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Heinz was Henry Heinemeyer, and he was the father of three sons and two daughters. Her maternal grandfather, Anton Ludwig Volger, was a miller by trade. Together with his wife and family he emigrated to the United States locating in Madison county, Illinois. His family numbered five daughters and one son. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Heinz there has been born one son, Peter Henry.
The family belong to the Lutheran church, and fraternally Mr. Heinz is affiliated with the Mount Nebo Lodge, No. 76, A.F. & A.M. Politically he is a democrat and has been a member of the school board. Although he is public spirited and takes an earnest interest in all municipal affairs, he has never born as prominent a factor in civic life as his father, who was many times called to positions of trust in the township and county. Peter Heinz was held in high esteem as a public official and gave most efficient service as county coroner and treasurer, while he was several times elected mayor of Carlinville and also filled some of the minor offices. The family and its various members have always been held in the highest esteem in Macoupin county, their honorable and upright business methods as well as their earnest and conscientious fulfillment of all responsibilities, both public and private, having won them the respect of all with whom they come in contact.