Biography of George P. Heppel
Erie County, NY Biographies


Heppel, George P., Buffalo, only son of Lenhard and Christina (Kistner) Heppel was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 8, 1846, and came with his parents to Buffalo in 1849, coming by canal from Albany. His parents also reared six daughters, and spent the remainder of their lives in Buffalo. Mr. Heppel attended public school No. 15, and at the age of fourteen began active life for himself, learning the trade of stove plate molder, which he followed until October 26, 1863, when he enlisted in Co. M, 12th N. Y. Cay. He served until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Newbern, Tarboro, Plymouth, Kingston, Goldsboro and Snow Hill, where he was wounded. Returning from the army he resumed his trade, which he followed until 1880. In 1872 he assisted in organizing Lockrow Hose Company No. 6, of the volunteer fire department of Buffalo, of which he became assistant foreman, and which he served as foreman from 1878 to April, 1880, when the department was reorganized on a paid basis. He then joined Hose Company No. 1, of which he was appointed captain, which was attached to Engine No. 9. Five years later he was transferred to Engine No. 16, and on June 4, 1888, was made battalion chief of the newly created fifth district, which position he still holds. He has been conspicuous at all the great fires of Buffalo since 1872, a period of twenty five years. Mr. Heppel is a member of the Exempt and Veteran Volunteer Firemen's Association, the Buffalo Firemen's Beneficiary Association, the Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities, and Chapin Post No. 2, G. A. R. In politics he is a Republican. He was married in 1868 to Margaret, daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth (Hartman) Renner, and they have three Sons and one daughter living.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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