Dr. John Ernest Mitchell Heffelbower
John Ernest Mitchell Heffelbower (or Hefflebower) was the younger of two children born to David F. Heffelbower (1836–1897) and Susannah Virginia "Susie" Mitchell (1837–1894). John's older sister was Dora Elizabeth Heffelbower (1861–1894).
David was born and grew up in Lucas County, Ohio, and married Susie in 1859 in Albany, Whiteside County, Illinois. The 1860 Census lists him as a carpenter in nearby Newton, Illinois. By 1880, he was a carpenter living in Denison, Texas. In 1891, he had a shop on the west side of Mirick Avenue between Monterey and Heron Streets. Then, by 1896, he had a shop at 600 West Monterey selling "lumber, paints, oil, etc." He lived nearby at 608, while his son John was living at 612. David died the next year. Both he and Susie were buried in Fairview Cemetery in Denison.
At the end of 1880,
Dora had married George Alfred Lake (1860–1944) in Denison. He was a Canadian
who had immigrated to the U.S. after 1861 with his parents and siblings. In the
1870 Census, the family was in New Jersey but had moved to Denison in 1878. In
1880, George and his father, Samuel Bell Lake (1822–1887), were carriage makers
on Denison's Chestnut Street. Samuel and wife Rebecca (1830–1890) were both
buried in Fairview Cemetery. George was still a "carriage painter" in
1900, but as automobiles became more popular, the carriage trade dried up. By
1903, George's occupation was "insurance solicitor." That year,
George, Dora, and daughter Georgia V. Lake Clark (1883–1964) moved to Dallas.
The 1930 Dallas City Directory listed him as representative of American
Transfer & Storage, as well as president of the Texas State Humane Society.
By 1901, Dr. Mills and Dr. Heffelbower had gone separate ways. John was on his own, with an office in the Ford Building (later the
Citizens National Bank), at 231 West Main.
In 1910, John, Ethel, and Marie were living at 423 West Gandy, in the home of John Shuel. In 1913, they were living at 531 West Gandy. By 1917, John's office was on the fourth floor of the Security Building, at 331 West Main, where it remained for may years; and the family was living at 630 West Gandy. Marie married Edwin Miller of Denton in 1919.
The Denison Herald
In 1929, John and Lula lived at 1325 West Woodard Street.
Elaine Nall Bay
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