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Fred J. Heins


Among the most prominent, able, and deservely successful of the younger farmers of Allamakee county is numbered Fred J Heins, who owns and operates a fine property of one hundred and fifty acres in Post Township. He was born in Grande Meadows Township, Clayton County, Iowa, October 5, 1884, and is a son of Fred and Dora (Schultz) Heins, natives of Germany, the former born in Hanover, September 15, 1847, and the later in Mecklenburg, May 30, 1851. In his early manhood the father crossed the Atlantic to America and settled immedeiately in Clayton County, Iowa, where he purchased land. When he disposed of his interests in that section he removed to Allamakee county and here in 1890 he bought the farm upon which the subject of this review resides, devoting aoll his attention to its improvement and developement until his death, which occurred on the 31st of December, 1900. He an d his wife became the parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this review is the sixth in the order of birth.

Fred J. Heins was reared in Clayton county and acquired his education in the district schools. In his childhood he divided his time between his studies and work upon the homestead and when he was twenty-one assumed entire management of his father's farm, having since ably carried forward the work of development and owning today one of the best managed and most valuable properties in the locality. He has one hundred and fifty acres of improved land and in addition to the work of the fields engages estensively in stock-raising and dairying, disposing of his cream to the Cooperative Creamery Company, of Postville, in which he is a large stockholder. He is connected also with the Farmers Cooperative Mercantile Company and the Postville Canning Factory and is well known in that city as a thorougly reliable, straightforward and progressive business man.

Mr. Heins married, on the 27th of February, 1906, Miss Anna Neuhring, who as born in Grand Meadows township, Clayton county, July 16, 1887. She is a daughter of Dietrich and Louise (Fischer) Neuhring, natives of Germany, who after their marriage came to America, locating first in Clayton county. There the father engaged in farming in the employ of others for a number of years, later renting land and finally purchasing a farm, which he continued to develop and improve until he retired from active business life. He is now a resident of Postville. Mr. & Mrs. Heins ecame the parents of four children: Edna, who was born on the 3rd of May, 1907; Harland, born November 8, 1908; a twin to Harland who died in infancy; and Aurelia, born January 7,1913.

Mr. Heins gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and is now a member of the school board, being actively interested in the educational affairs. He is still a young man but has already left his impress upon the agricultural development of this section of Iowa, and he possesses in his energetic, progressive and enterprising spirit a guarantee of continued progress in his chosen field.

-source: Past & Present in Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Margo Harbridge

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