Biography of William H. Heun
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William H. Heun, general manager of the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway Company, is one of the leading citizens of Joliet, where he has lived for many years. He was born at Somonauk, DeKalb County, Ill., Dec. 22, 1863, the son of William and M. (Sartoris) Heun.

William Heun, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil War and an early settler of Illinois. He was born in Germany and in 1853 emigrated to the United States. For a short time he lived in New York, but later removed to DeKalb County, where he followed his trade as a cabinet maker. He became well known as a furniture dealer and funeral director. Throughout the Civil War he saw active service and after the close of the war returned to Somonouk, where he resumed his business. In 1885 the family removed to Aurora, Ill., where Hr. Heun died in 1912. His wife, also a native of Germany, died in 1866, and is buried at Somonauk. Mr. Heun was a Republican, a member of the German Lutheran Church and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. There were seven children in the Heun family as follows: Matilda, the widow of L. W. Smith, lives at Aurora, Ill.; Celia, lives at Rockford, Ill.; Maud, married J. H. Miller, lives at Rockford, Ill.; Richard, lives at Fort Dodge, Iowa; Albert, lives at Aurora; William H., the subject of this sketch; and Emil, deceased

After completing his schooling at Somonauk, William H. Heun learned the printers' trade and for eight years was thus employed in Chicago and Aurora. In 1892 he came to Joliet, where he entered the employ of the Chicago and Joliet system as a conductor. He was soon called into the office and made time keeper and assistant cashier. Later he was appointed cashier. In 1904 Mr. Heun was promoted to superintendent of transportation, and served in that capacity for 23 years, being appointed to his present position as general manager of the company on Oct. 10, 1927.

In 1890 Mr. Heun was united in marriage with Miss Marion S. Snook, the daughter of Albert and Cornelius Snook, of Aurora, Ill. Mr. Snook, deceased, was a prominent citizen and attorney of Aurora, Ill. His wife is also deceased. Their son, Albert M. Snook, is the president of the Aurora-Beacon Publishing Company, at Aurora, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Heun have two daughters: Lucile, married Frank Paull, assistant cashier of the Aurora National Bank, and they have two children, Frances, and William Heun Paull; and Cornelia, married Rex L. Carey, chief draftsman of the Reggie Manufacturing Company, Joliet. They have two children, Robert Heun and Merylu.

Mr. Heun has always been a Republican. He is a member of the Universalist Church, Matteson Lodge, A. F. and A. M. No. 175; Joliet Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4; Kiwanis Club; and Chamber of Commerce. He belongs to the American Electric Railway Association and the Illinois Electric Railway Association.

From:
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1928


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