Jacob F. Heiler is chairman of the county board of supervisors, in which connection he is proving a capable
official, discharging his duties with the promptness and fidelity that arises from a public spirited devotion to
the general good. He was born in Buffalo, New York, on the 6th of February, 1846, his parents being Jacob M. and
Margaret Heiler, both of whom are now deceased. The father devoted his attention to the butchering business and
thus provided for the support of his family. He pursued his education in the schools of Buffalo and during the
Civil war, when still a youth in his teens, joined the army, becoming connected with the "boys in blue"
of Company B, Twenty sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for eighteen months. He rendered valiant
aid to his country and left the service at the close of the war in 1865. He then made his way to Iowa in 1866 and
in 1867 came to Nebraska. Four years later, in 1871, he secured a homestead claim in Hamilton county and devoted
the succeeding three years to general agricultural pursuits.
In 1874 Mr. Heiler removed to Hastings and for six years was in the employ of Staple & Dasher. On the expiration
of that period he became connected with the Marsh-Hunter Company, with which he continued for four years, and for
one year he was with the Emerson establishment. Later he spent one year as traveling salesman upon the road, representing
the Minnesota Chief people, and at the end of that time turned his attention to the hardware trade. In 1890 he
embarked in business on his own account as a dealer in coal and remained active in that line until 1907, when he
sold out and practically retired from business. In the meantime he had built up a trade of large and gratifying
proportions that had brought to him substantial success and with the competence which came to him as the reward
of his labor and close application he put aside business cares and is now practically living retired. However,
he has served for five years as a member of the board of county supervisors and his present term will continue
him in office for three years longer.
On the 3d of July, 1879, Mr. Heiler was united in marriage to Miss Catherine M. Fisher and they have one son, H.
H., who is now a mail carrier. He is also connected with the Grand Amy of the Republic, with the Odd Fellows and
with all the bodies of Masonry. In his political views he is a stalwart republican, believing firmly in the principles
of the party, and for two terms he has served as a member of the city council. He cooperates in many plans and
measures for the benefit and upbuilding of the community in which he makes his home and at all times manifests
a public spirited citizenship. He derives his income largely from property in Hastings, for he has made judicious
investments in real estate. Fis social qualities and his personal worth have won him popularity wherever he is
known and he is held in the warmest regard where best known.
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Adams County, NE
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