Eli E. Heiple, who is a descendant of an old Pennsylvania family, was born in the Keystone State, June 30, 1830, and settled in Tazewell County, on April 5. 1857. His education was received in the public schools of his native place, and until the year named he was a clerk in a dry-goods store in Pennsylvania. After coming to Tazewell County he was employed by Andrews, Miles & Co..,for seven years, and then accepted a position in the bank of Anthouy & Denharts, where he remained two years. In 1867, in partnership with H. Mahle, he engaged in the grain, coal and stock business and has continued in that line ever since.
Mr. Heiple is a Lutheran in his religious belief. Politically, he has always stood for Republican principles and has held the office of Town Assessor and Town Clerk for thirty years.
Mr. Heiple’s first marriage was to Miss Mary E. Snyder, in February, 1850. She died in 1886, leaving two boys, Augustus H. and Frank S. His second marriage, by which there were no children, occurred at Washington, Tazewell County, in October, 1888, to Miss Charlotte E. Mahle.
The great-grandfather, Christian Heiple, was born in Pennsylvania in 1730. The paternal grandfather, John Heiple, married Elizabeth Cable. They were both natives of the Keystone State. The maternal grandfather, Frederick Walker, was also born in Pennsylvania. The parents of our subject, Henry J. and Harriet (Walker) Heiple, were natives of the same State.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1017
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