HECKMAN, John 1863-1960
Son of John and Lavina Moyer HECKMAN, Swiss and German ancestry repectively; born June 24, in Bond County, IL. Parents died before he was four. Grew up at Girard, went to high school and graduated at Mt. Morris Academy 1883; taught rural school two years. Jan. 8, 1885 married Hattie PRICE, Pine Creek, Ill., and began farming at Sabetha, Kans. Moved to Polo, Ill., in 1892. Five children, two sons and three daughters. Clarence, the youngest, went to Africa in 1924. Joined Ch. of B., 1883; minister, 1886, Enoch EBY giving charge; elder, 1899. Some evangelistic work in early ministry. Elder and free ministry, Pine Creek, 1899-1907, and Polo pastor, 1908-1914; elder of Polo, 1905-1925. Elder of a number of Illinois and Wisconsin churches, and Covington, Ohio, 1911-1916. Member Standing Committee three times. Reader once. On a number of Annual Meeting committees, most important being Dress Committee of 1910-1911. Member and chairman of District Mission Board, 1905-1915; Board of Administration, 1934; Trustee Mt. Morris College, 1905-1932 and chairman fifteen years; treasurer, five years; chairman executive committee in endowment campaign, 1917. Moderator District Meeting several times and identified with missionary development in the district. Associate author of Brethren in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
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