HEIBERGER, Matt G. 1868-1944
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Date: 10/10/2016 at 08:13:16
M. G. Heiberger Former Grundy Druggist Dies
End Comes Sunday Morning After 8 Months' Illness; Came To Grundy Center 48 Years Ago
Matt G. Heiberger, who came to Grundy Center 48 years ago and who was actively engaged in business here during all of that time, died at his home in Grundy Center shortly after five o'clock Sunday morning. He had been in failing health the past year. On the 19th of April he was taken to a hospital at Waterloo for an examination and an operation. The examination showed that he was afflicted with cancer. He was brought home as soon as he was sufficiently recovered from the operation and he had been under the care of a nurse continually up to the time the end came. He was in his 77th year.
Was Native of Dubuque Co.
Matt Heiberger was born on a farm in Dubuque county January 19, 1868. He attended country school there and after he had arrived at his maturity he attended the school of pharmacy at Highland Park College, Des Moines. After completing the course there he obtained a position in a drugstore at Ackley where he remained three years. In 1896 he came to Grundy Center and entered the employ of the H. C. Ady Drug Company. Nine years later he and W. C. Ladage bought the Ady drugstore and business. They operated for five years under the name of Heiberger & Ladage. In 1910 Mr. Heiberger bought out his partner and operated the business alone for 24 years. In 1934 he disposed of his drug business and established Matt's Tavern near his residence at East Main street in Grundy Center. There are very few men still in business in Grundy county who were here when Matt Heiberger came to Grundy Center in 1896. Not only has there been almost a complete turn-over in business during that time, but almost as complete a change in faces. A half-century nearly makes over any community.
Married in 1901
Matt Heiberger and Miss Emma Schneider were married in Grundy Center July 22, 1901, and they made their home here continually ever since. They had three children who with the mother survive. The children are Leo Heiberger from Garwin, Mrs. C. F. Dean, St. Paul, and Helene who is at home. There are seven grandchildren. Other surviving relatives are three brothers and one sister. The brothers are John Heiberger, Bridgewater, So. Dak., Joe from Ryan, Iowa, and Ben from Epworth, Iowa. The sister is Mrs. Ellen Putz from Monticello, Iowa.
Business Houses Close During Services
Business houses in Grundy Center closed from 9:30 to 10:30 Tuesday morning for the funeral services, which were held at the Catholic church. The services were conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. Fr. Leo Entringer. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.
Relatives and friends from a distance attending the service were: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. Dean, Mrs. J. E. Snyder, Miss Florence Snyder, all of St. Paul; John T. Heiberger and Leo Heiberger, Bridgewater, So. Dak.; Ben Heiberger, Epworth; Joe Heiberger, Ryan; Miss Frances Heiberger, Peosta; Henry Stoffel, Farley; Mrs. Savena Heiberger, Miss Bertille Heiberger, Mr. and Mrs. John Tigges, all of Dubuque; Mrs. E. M. Giesey, Webster City, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Verly and daughter Dianne, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Heiberger, Garwin; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Green, of Steamboat Rock.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 November 1944, pg 1, 8
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