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John Heiser

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 450

     senior member of the firm of John Heiser & Son, dealers in coal, lime, cement, plastering hair, sewer pipe and fire clay, at Sidney, O., is one of the stable and representative business men of this city. He was born December 1, 1840, on a farm that now lies in Mercer county, O.,  but was then in Darke county, and is a son of Lawrence and Rosena (Link)  Heiser.
     Lawrence Heiser was born in Alsace-Loraine and for seven years of early manhood served in the French army, then married in his own province and with his wife emigrated to America. After reaching the United States they settled at Canton, O., and lived there for eight years, Mr. Heiser finding employment on the Ohio canal. In 1833 he entered eighty acres of land from the government and settled on the same and both he and his wife died there.
     John Heiser remained on the old home farm until 1858, in the spring of which year he came to Sidney, where he learned the blacksmith trade in a building which occupied the site of the one which stands at No. 201 North Ohio avenue, in which he has his coal office. The old building burned down in 1855 or 1856. He learned his trade with Mr. Kingseed, with whom he formed a partnership after the Civil war, about 1866, for the manufacture of plows, and they continued together for eight years, when Mr. Heiser bought his partner's interest and continued plow manufacturing until 1893.
     On September 21, 1861, Mr. Heiser enlisted for service in the Civil war, entering Company M, First Ohio Light Artillery, and remained in the same company and regiment for three years, seeing service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, taking part in such great battles as Shiloh, Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Jonesboro, the Flint River siege and many, many others. In spite of the almost constant danger of death, Mr. Heiser was never either injured or captured by the enemy and was finally honorably discharged and mustered out at Camp Dennison. He returned then to Ohio and from January to May 1, 1865, worked at his trade at Urbana, and from June 1, to September 1, at St. Paris, then came back to Sidney, where he went into business as above related. In connection with his manufacturing business, Mr. Heiser had opened another line, becoming a coal merchant in 1879, and this interest he has continued, always in the same building, the site being one of the old business landmarks of the city.
     In 1865 Mr. Heiser was married to Miss Mary Danil, who died in 1889, an estimable woman who was beloved by all who knew her. She was a daughter of Gabriel Danil, a farmer in Shelby county. Six children survived her: William L., who is in partnership with his father; Franklin; George; Rosa, who is the wife of August Myer; Raymond; and Amelia, who is the wife of William Ross. Mr. Heiser was married (second) to Frances Mons, who died September 19, 1908.

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