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Title: John G. Heischman
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The most elaborate history is necessarily an abridgement, the historian being compelled to select his facts and materials from a multitude of details. So in every life of honor and usefulness the biographer finds no dearth of incidents, and in summing up the career of any man the writer needs touch only the most salient points, giving only the keynote of the character, but eliminating much that is superflous. Consequently, in calling the reader's attention to the life record of the worthy gentleman whose name heads this paragraph no attempt shall b made to recount all the important acts in his useful life, nor recite every interesting incident in his career, for it is deemed that only a few of them will suffice to show him to be eminently worthy of a place in this volume along with his fellows of high standing and recognized worth.

John G. Heischman, well known general merchant at Independence, Warren county, Indiana, was born June 23, 1860, in Tippecanoe county, this state. He is the son of Christian and Catherine (Bierlein) Heischman.

The father of the subject was born in Germany in 1820 and there he spent his earlier days, and there he received a good education in the common schools. When a young man he determined to cast his lot with Americans and accordingly set sail for our shores, after he had served his required time as a soldier in the German army. In due course of time he became very well established in America through hard and persistent work, and here he was married. Only one child was born to Christian and Catherine (Bierlein) Heischman-John G., of this sketch.

Mr. Heischman, of this review, grew to manhood in Tippecanoe county and there he received his education in the common schools, working on the farm during his school period, but he seemed to have a natural bent for a business career rather than for farming, so he took up merchandising, buying his present store in Independence twenty-three years ago. He was successful from the start and has enjoyed a large and lucrative patronage all these years, always carrying a large and carefully selected stock of general merchandise which he has sold at reasonable prices, and his popular and widely known store is the largest of its kind in Warren county. He has accumulated a competency and is one of the substantial and representative citizens of the lower part of the county.

Mr. Heischman was married in 1884 to Caroline Hechtel, the daughter of Christian and Margarte (Schaff) Hechtel. They were natives of Bavaria, where they lived and died. Mrs. Heischman is the youngest of nine children. She was born in Bavaria on July 12, 1863, and came to America in 1881, living in New York three years.

Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Heischman: Margaret, who is the wife of Eldo Michael, has one son, Malden; Pauline, second child of the subject, is at home; George, Francis and May are deceased.

Fraternally, Mr. Heischman is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men, and in religious matters he belongs to the Lutheran church and Mrs. Heischman to the Christian church. Politically, he is a Democrat, and is influential and active in upbuilding his town and community.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001128
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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