Timothy Heimann, a prominent farmer and stock man of Nemaha county, Kansas, is a native of Illinois. He was born in Clinton county, December 19, 1847, and is a son of B. H. and Catherine (Menke) Heimann, natives of Hanover, Germany. The parents immigrated to America in 1837, and, at this early date, located in Illinois taking up government land in Clinton county. This original homestead has never passed out of the family. Both parents died from cholera, in 1854, when that disease swept over the State of Illinois. Timothy Heimann was one of a family of six children, and is the fifth in order of birth, only two of whom are now living. After receiving a meagre education, such as the pioneer schools of that day afforded, he and his brother, H. H. Heimann, engaged in the general mercantile business under the firm name of H. H. Heimann & Bro. They conducted this business, and were successful, for five years, when Timothy sold his interest which gave him a working capital, and in 1873, came to Kansas, locating in Richmond township, Nemaha county, where he bought a farm of 80 acres. He met with the varied failures and successes of the average pioneer Kansas farmer. He lost his first crop by drouth, and the grasshoppers claimed the next, but finally success came permanently and he added to his original place, until he now has one of the fine farms of Nemaha county, containing 2,040 acres. He has been very successful in the stock business, and his high grade short horn cattle, are known throughout Northern Kansas, for their excellence. He has also bred some fine Percheron horses, and has raised Poland China hogs extensively. For a number of years, Mr. Heimann has been a successful feeder of cattle, for the market, marketing on an average of 100 head annually, for thirty-two years. During the last few years, on account of the high price of land, he has not invested his money in farms, but has loaned it instead, as he figures that an interest-paying investment gives larger returns than a farm investment. While Mr. Heimann has been a successful farmer in every particular, he has found time to devote to other enterprises and public affairs. He was one of the organizers of the Seneca and St. Benedict Fire Insurance Company, and for the last twenty-one years has served as treasurer of that company. He has been a member of the school board of District No. 33, for a great many years, and has always been willing to assist with his time and money, any commendable public enterprise. He was married May 5, 1872, to Miss Ellen Otke, a native of Clinton county, Illinois, and a daughter of Henry and Bernadina (Weberg) Otke, natives of Hanover, Germany. They were pioneer settlers of Clinton county, Illinois, coming there in 1835. To Mr. and Mrs. Heimann have been born nine children: Henry, a farmer in Richmond township, Nemaha county, married Anna Haferkamp and they have six children, Bernadina, Barney, Ellen, Nora, Frank and Annie; Katie, married Joseph Dick of Axtell, Kans. and they have one child, Adalaid; George, farmer in Marion township, Nemaha county, married Catherine Bergman, who died March 10, 1909, leaving two children, Helen and Lawrence, and on October 11, 1911, Mr. Heimann married Agnes Duldmeier and they have one child, Alma; Eleanora, married Henry Berens, Summerfield, Kans., and they have two children, Beatrice and Norbert; John B., deceased, married Josephine Bergman, to whom was born two children, Edward and Leo; Joseph, farmer, Marion township, Nemaha county, married Frances Bergman, and they have one child, Amanda; Timothy Jr., at home; Mary Agnes died in infancy, and Anna Martha. The family are members of the Catholic Church.Pages 120-121 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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