FRED W. HECKELMANN. Some of that quality of enterprise which has the power to mold the world and its circumstances
to the desires and ambitions of the individual have been exemplified by Fred W. Heckelmann, who came as a poor
German youth to this country about twenty years ago and has succeeded in establishing himself securely and prosperously
in the fine agricultural district of Milan Township, where he owns an excellent farm and manages it with the same
successful ability that merchants would direct a store or a manufacturer run his factory.
Born in Hesse Nassau, January 10, 1873, Fred W. Heckelmann belongs to an old line of ancestry in Nassau. His parents
were William and Christina Heckelmann, both natives of Hesse Nassau. They grew up and married there and all their
children were born in that locality. William Heckelmanns was a wagon maker, a trade which his father had followed
before him, and two of his brothers also took up. William was nineteen years old when his father died, and subsequently
pursued his trade in the old country until his death in November, 1894, when sixty three years of age. His son
Herman, a twin brother of Fred, succeeded to the father's business, while two other sons, Adolph and August, are
also still living in Germany. Those who came to America were: William, Carl, Fred and Louis. William has been a
resident of this country thirty one years, Carl came over twenty eight years ago, Fred twenty five years ago, while
Louis has been in America only eleven years.
He had reached the age of seventeen when Fred W. Heckelmanns ventured across the Atlantic and aspired to a fortune
in the New World. Up to that time he had attended school regularly, and had gained some knowledge of practical
accomplishment. He sailed on a vessel at Bremen and from New York came on to Erie County. In the main he has been
identified with agricultural activities ever since and from a position as a worker for others has succeeded in
getting property and has for a number of years been his own master. In the fall of 1906 he bought the ninety seven
acres comprised in the Sayles farm, situated on the old Plank Road near Gaytown in Milan Township. Nine years have
effected some remarkable changes in that farm, particularly in its efficiency of cultivation and in numerous improvements.
He has raised large crops of corn, wheat and oats, potatoes, and has a group of substantial farm buildings, including
an eight room two story house, with a slate roof, and barns and other outbuildings.
After coming to Erie County Mr. Heckelmanns married Miss Minnie Copenhafers. She was born in Wuertemberg, Germany,
May 3, 1871. Her mother died in the old country and her father is still living there at the age of seventy six.
Mrs. Heckelmann came to the United States and to Erie County when twenty years of age. Both the Heekelmanns and
the Copenhafers have been identified with the German Evangelical Church for generations. Mr. and Mrs. Heekelmann
have four children: Edna, aged sixteen, has graduated from the eighth grade of public schools; Hilda, aged fourteen
has also completed the common school course and is now in the high school; Maria, aged thirteen, is now in the
sixth grade of the public school; while the youngest, Edward, is also at school. Mr. and Mrs. Heckelmanns are members
of the Oxford Evangelical Church, and for twelve years he has been secretary of the church board. Politically he
is a democrat, though of independent proclivities.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1916
Erie County, Ohio
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