Biography of John C. Heifner
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John C. Heifner, who is identified with the J. C. Heifner Manufacturing Company, is a representative business man of Ashland. He was born on a farm in Milton Township, Ashland County, May 3, 1884, the son of Hyman and Sarah (Lutz) Heifner.

Hyman Heifner was born in Orange Township, Ashland County, and spent practically his entire life as a farmer. He was a carpenter also, and followed that trade at various times. Mr. Heifner was a Democrat and held the offices of justice of the peace and school board member. He and his wife were members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Heifner died in 1902 and his wife died in 1909. Both are buried near Nankin, Ohio. Their children were: Laura, married C. D. Moritz, lives near Ashland; Bertha, who died in 1926; Ida, married M. M. Fackler, lives near Ashland; Daniel, lives near Ashland; John C., the subject of this sketch; and Stella, married J. E. Lautzenhiser, lives at Ashland.

The boyhood of John C. Heifner was spent on his father's farm and he attended the district schools. He also took correspondence work in sheet metal work, and at the age of 22 years entered the employ of F. E. Myers & Bro. Company in Ashland. Later, he learned the tinning trade with T. B. Ambrose, with whom he spent three years. His next business connection was with the Ashland Folding Scaffold Company, and in 1912 he engaged in business in partnership with L. M. Demoss, as proprietors of a sheet metal, roofing and furnace business. During the same year Mr. Heifner retired from the partnership and early in 1913 purchased new tools and equipment and opened a shop of his own in Ashland. In 1914 plumbing was added to the company's interests, and after a time they became contractors in electrical wiring. The business was moved into larger quarters in 1917 and in 1919 a machine shop was installed with complete equipment for the building of rubber working equipment. Large contracts were completed for the Wooster Rubber Company, of Wooster, the Barr Rubber Company, of Lorain, the B. & G. Rubber Company, of Nankin, and the Mohican Rubber Company, of Ashland. This new venture proved most successful to Mr. Heifner and during the first three weeks of its introduction sales amounting to $17,000 were completed by the company. They have made a specialty of installing heating and ventilating plants for rubber concerns. Mr. Heifner also manufactures such well known products as the Ashland Steel Creeper and Success Dish Washer, both of which have a wide sale throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1927 the J. C. Heifner Manufacturing Company has been equipped to handle all types of milling machine and lathe work. He was the owner of the first electric welding machine in Ashland in 1919.

In September, 1907, Mr. Heifner was united in marriage with Miss Ella Carlin, of Congress, Wayne County, the daughter of Mack and Sarah Carlin, both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Heifner have been born five children: 1. Bessie Pauline, born March 13, 1908, a graduate of Ashland High School, and Ashland College, class of 1930, where she specialized in the study of expression. 2. Carlin Lewis, born in June, 1909, a graduate of Ashland High School, now identified with the Guarantee Trust Corn. pany, of New York City. He was married in June, 1929, to Miss Anna Manchester, of Canfield, Ohio. 3. Donald Eugene., born in November, 1911, lives at home. 4. Robert Woodrow, born in November, 1917, lives at home. He is an accomplished musician and is a member of the Nankin Community Orchestra and Jeromesville bands. 5. James William, born May 13, 1920.

Mr. Heifner has always been a Democrat in politics. He holds membership in the Evangelical Church, and is a member of the board of stewards. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Heifner family residence is located three miles east of Ashland on Route No. 42.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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