GEORGE W. HEENE is a Cleveland manufacturer, and the Harvard Automatic Machine Company, of which he is owner,
has for a number of years figured largely in the industrial affairs of Cleveland, specializing in the manufacture
of machinery but chiefly of Mr. Heene's own invention and is controlled by his patents.
Mr. Heene was born at the old Heene homestead on the South Side of Cleveland on March 17, 1868. He is one of the
eight children of Jacob and Regina (Neemeyer) Heene. His parents came from Germany by a sailing boat, and from
New York by canal boats and lake vessels, reaching Cleveland in 1854. His father for many years was a successful
merchant, and soon after coming to Cleveland bought the property on the South Side, around which the early associations
of all the children revolve. Mrs. Regina Heene died in 1875 and Jacob Heeñe in 1902.
George W. Heene was reared at the old family home, attended the Fremont public schools and the old University College
on the South Side and was only thirteen when he put himself in the files of independent workers and wage earners.
For about nine years he was in the employ of the Lake Shore Railroad, beginning as a clerk in the Cleveland freight
office. Upon leaving the railroad service he was associated with his brother, John E., in the oil business until
he sold his interest in 1895. In the meantime he had perfected some mechanical devices, and in 1895 the brothers
engaged in machinery manufacturing, the output being special machines invented by and patented by George W. Heene.
The business has been conducted for many years as the Harvard Automatic Machinery Company. John E. finally sold
out his interest in this business, and since then George W. Heene has been sole proprietor. The plant is located
at 7803 Madison Avenue.
While building up a successful industry Mr. Heene has taken a commendable interest in community affairs. He is
a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, is affiliated with Elsworth Lodge of Masons, and for thirty one
years has been an active member of the Brooklyn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. For seventeen years of that
time he has been a member of the Official Board and has sung in the church choir.
Mr. Heene married Miss Susie Saunders. She was born at Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of William Saunders.
Her father was a prominent dealer and lumber manufacturer, at first operating a plant in Philadelphia, later in
Northern Michigan and finally at Cleveland, where he died in 1917.
Howard A. Heene, only son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Heene, was born at the family home on Mapledale Avenue on December
1, 1892. He attended the Brooklyn public schools, graduated from the Lincoln High School, and took the classical
course in Western Reserve University, graduating with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1917. For several months after
completing his college work he was employed in a lumber camp in Northern Michigan, operated by his maternal uncle.
Soon after returning to Cleveland he entered the office of the White Sewing Machine Company, and was subsequently
made vice president of the Theodore Kundtz Company, hardwood and veneer manufacturers. When the Kundtz Company
was taken over and made a part of the White Sewing Machine Company, Mr. Heene resigned and then organized the Hardwood
Products Company, with a capital of $150,000. This is one of the prosperous business concerns in Cleveland, and
Mr. Heene is its president and general manager. He married Kathryn Chase, daughter of William Wayne Chase, former
president of the White Sewing Machine Company and one of Cleveland's most prominent capitalists. Mr. and Mrs. Howard
A. Heene have three children, Chase, Janet and Nancy.
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Biographies
Names A to G
Names H to P
Names Q to Z
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