Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918
HAMMOND R. HEAL is enrolled among the progressive young business men of Coffeyville, where he is secretary and treasurer of the Kansas Oil Refining Company. An Indiana man by birth, he grew up and received his education in that state, and has been a resident of Kansas the past twelve years. In that time he has acquitted himself creditably in every business and civic relation.
He comes of an old Pennsylvania family, the Heals having come from England and settled in that state during the colonial days. Mr. Heal was born at Marion, Grant County, Indiana, January 18, 1884. His father William E. Heal, who was born in Indiana in 1856, served as county treasurer of Grant County, and in 1902 moved to Kansas, being connected with the Sunflower Glass Company of Coffeyville for a number of years. Since 1910 his home has been in Washington, D. C., where he is in the government service. He is a standpat republican and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. William E. Heal married Nancy E. Parrill, who was born in Grant County, Indiana, in 1850 and died at Marion in that county in 1905. Her children were: Orion B., who is district manager for the S. H. Kress Company at Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hammond R.; Elva, wife of C. C. Blue, district agent of the Gypsie Oil Company at Cleveland, Oklahoma; and Jessie, wife of C. A. King, who is connected with the Alluwee Oil Company at Coffeyville.
Educated in the public schools of Grant County, Indiana, and graduating from the Marion High School in 1903, H. R. Heal after another year spent in the Marion Normal College came to Coffeyville in 1904. For a year and a half he was connected with the Sunflower Glass Company, and then spent two years with the Western Window Glass Company at Independence. Following that he was with the Coffeyville Window Glass Company until the winter of 1912, when he severed his connection and identified himself with the Kansas Oil Refining Company, of which he is now secretary and treasurer. This plant, located in the south part of Coffeyville, has a maximum capacity of 2,000 barrels a day, and refines crude oil brought from the Oklahoma fields.
Politically Mr. Heal is an independent republican. He has no aspirations in the way of political honors. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with Keystone Lodge, No. 102, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Coffeyville Chapter, No. 89, Royal Arch Masons. He is one of the working members of the Coffeyville Commercial Club.
In 1907 at Tecumseh, Illinois, he married Miss Carrie Boles. Her father, A. S. Boles, now deceased, was a river pilot and boat man on the Mississippi River. Her mother now resides at Meredosia, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Heal have one daughter, Mildred, born July 26, 1906, and now a student in the Coffeyville public schools.
Transcribed from volume 4, pages 2025-2026 of A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; originally transcribed by students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, March, 1998, modified 2003 by Carolyn Ward.
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