George H. Heyer, now living retired at Earlville, was born in Hessen-Darmstadt,
Germany, May 4, 1844, a son of Henry and Catherine (Hahn) Heyer. The family
came to the United States in 1846 and the parents died in Ontario, Canada.
They had a family of six children, five sons and one daughter, but with the
exception of George H. Heyer all are deceased.
When but two years of age George H. Heyer was brought
to the new world by his parents and when twenty years of age he left home and
made his way to Kane county, Illinois, where he remained for about two years.
He then came to Delaware county, Iowa, on the 10th of May, 1866, and settled
in Richland township. Since that time he has resided continuously in the
county, although he has lived on various farms. At one time he was the owner
of two hundred acres of rich and arable land near Greeley, but he has since
disposed of all of his farm property and now lives retired in Earlville,
enjoying the rest which he has truly earned and richly deserves.
On the 14th of September, 1873, Mr. Heyer was united in
marriage to Miss Barbara Hesner, who died October 29, 1881, leaving two sons,
Evlon J. and Charley. On the 22d of March, 1882, Mr. Heyer was again married,
his second union being with Miss Jane Dixon, a daughter of John Dixon, of
Oneida. They have become parents of one child, Lillie.
Mr. Heyer is a republican in his political views and
keeps well informed concerning the leading questions and issues of the day. He
has been a trustee and school director of Oneida township, but the honors and
emoluments of office have had comparatively little attraction for him. While
upon the farm he always preferred to give his attention to his business
interests and successfully engaged in general farming and in the raising of
blooded cattle. His business affairs were carefully managed and his energy,
industry, close application and reliability brought to him a gratifying
measure of success.