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Biography Taken from the 1889 Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois.

    "Dr. D. H. Heer, veterinary surgeon and a leading farmer and stock-raiser of East Galena Township, owns a good farm there of 119 acres on section 14, well located, and improved, and which has been in possession of the family since 1843, at which time his father bought 160 acres, then only slightly improved. The place is now well supplied with substantial buildings, the house having been built by his father in 1857. Our subject's father was named John C. Heer. He was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany Sept. 1, 1796, and came of pure German ancestry, and of a respectable family, who were well known throughout the province. He was well educated in his native province, and when but thirteen years old he competed for a prize offered by the King, consisting of a sum of money, competition being open to all the scholars in the kingdom, and the prize was won my young Heer. His examination papers are yet kept by our subject, and are regarded as a valuable heirloom. They show wonderful scholarship for that time and the age of the contestant, especially in the matter of penmanship. John C. became a highly educated man. After completing his education, at which time he could read and write fluently German and Hebrew, and could speak French (learning to read and write English after he came to this country), he began the practice of his profession of veterinary surgeon in his native place.
    John C. Heer was twice married, each time in his native province. Of the first union there were four children, three of whom are living, two in this country and one in Germany. The second marriage of Mr. Heer was to Miss Christina Haush, born in Westchburg on the Rhine, and of a well-known family. Of this union there born three children.
    Early in the forties the family came to the United States, locating first in Buffalo, N.Y., and a few years later, in 1842, coming to Jo Daviess County, located on the farm, and the father practiced his profession until his death, which occurred Dec. 27, 1868. He was universally recognized as one of the bright men of the county, and had a fine record as a veterinary surgeon, both here and in his native land; being one of the chief army surgeons in the latter place during the war of 1815. Not only for his skill but for his character as a man and citizen he was highly respected in this county. His widow, who is now aged seventy-eight, lives with her children, and is remarkably well preserved for her age.
Of the children of Mr. Heer's first marriage, Henry, the eldest son, is a farmer in Cloud County, Kan.; he was a soldier in the Mexican War, for which he receives a pension. John C. Jr., lives at Big Oak Flat, Cal., and for four years was a soldier in the Union Army during the Rebellion; Peter, who died unmarried in this county, also served four years in the Union Army, and was an Orderly in Gen. Sherman's command; the only surviving half-sister is married into a prominent family in Germany.
    Of the children of Mr. Heer's second marriage our subject was the eldest. The next was a sister, Christina, who is the widow of Christian Neuschwanger, and lives on the farm which her husband owned in East Galena Township. The youngest child was Daniel, who died of cholera in this county when about fourteen years old. The subject of our sketch grew to manhood in this county, where he received as good common-school education. Adopting the profession so ably practiced by his ancestors, he began the study of veterinary surgery in the Veterinary College at Cincinnati, where he acquired a thorough theoretical knowledge, and where he was graduated. This has since been supplemented by a practical knowledge acquired in a large practice, which, which he has built up in this county, and in the adjoining States of Iowa and Wisconsin, and his is universally recognized as one of the most thoroughly skilled men of his profession, having a wide and varied experience.
Our subject was married, in this township to Miss Martha Evans, who was born in Wales, Dec. 7, 1839, her parents being Richard and Hannah (Jones) Evans, also born in Wales. The father was a shoemaker by trade, and came with his family to this country in 1845, settling on a farm in East Galena Township, where he died in 1874, aged seventy-eight. The mother is still living with her son Evan Evans, and is now over ninety years of age, but is yet sound both physically and mentally. Mrs. Heer was youngest but two of their twelve children, four sons and eight daughters, all of whom lived to maturity, and all were married except one, and he is yet living. Mrs. Heer was reared and educated in this county, and lived with her parents until her marriage. She is the mother of sixteen children, fourteen of whom are yet living: Rufus the eldest, is a student at the Veterinary College at La Fayette, Ind.; Walter, who is married to Anna Smeltzer, and lives in Winona, Minn.; John is at home; Jennie is the wife of William Ritter, a farmer of East Galena Township; James is a conductor on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad; Frank is a teacher, and is now studying dentistry in a college in St. Paul, Minn.; William is a stenographer, and at present is clerk in the Sherman House at Chicago; Rose is a teacher and is at home; Leslie, George, Leroy, Fannie, Tina, and Florence are all under the parental roof; and two deceased [Sarah & ?].
    Dr. Heer is a successful farmer as well as surgeon, and in the practice of his profession has become widely known throughout this entire region, and is held in esteem not only for his skill, but for the many good qualities which adorn his character as a man and citizen. In politics he is a Republican."



Last Will of John Christian Heer, born 1796-died 1868                    

(Taken from the Jo Daviess County website)

HEER, Christian of the town of East Galena, aged 69 years, dated December 3, 1864, proved December 5, 1868.

To wife Christine HEER the stone house in which we now reside for her natural life together with the furniture and household utensils and the 60 acres of land in the SW 1/4 NE 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM

To son David HEER land that part of the N 1/2 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM being about 60 acres provided he pays within one year $1000 to my son Henry HEER.

To son Christian HEER SW 1/4 NE 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM subject to the life interest of my wife, upon the express condition that he return from California during my life or the life of my wife and he pays in one year $100 to my daughter Elizabeth HEER now residing in Europe and also $100 to my son Peter HEER now in the army of the Union

To my daughter Christine NEUSCHWANGER a part of the NE 1/4 Sec 14 T28N R1E 4PM (has metes and bounds description) containing about 12 acres.

Executor: son David HEER

Witnesses: Henry FRICKE and J. Phillip HOFFMANN both of Galena (Page 204)



May 5, 1934 Galena Daily Gazette Article

The Mesdames H. L. Heer, F. M. Grimm, Andrew Reifsteck, Stanley Leay, Laura
Graves, Edward Thode,
W. H. Nash, end the
Misses Anna Felt and Emma Robb attended the two day Thirty-sixth Annual Convention of the Thirteen District Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs held
at Mt. Carroll on Thursday and Friday.
On Thursday the ladies attended the tea and
reception and tour of the Campus at Frances Schimer Junior College. At six o’clock they attended a reception and banquet at the M. E. Church where the thirty sixth birthday anniversary celebration program was given.  At eight o’clock they ware again escorted to the Frances Schimer College where the girls of the school put on a program of Music including piano, harp and vocal selections, a Junior chorus and playlets written and given
by the girls themselves.
The highlights of the convention were the
music by soloists, club trios, club choruses and one County Chorus. Each of the speakers had a message of utmost importance. There was a large attendance and the meeting was very instructive
and beneficial.
Mrs. Charles Sciheerer and Miss Marie LeBron attended the Friday afternoon session.
Mrs. H. L. Heer of ibis city was re-elected president of the 13th district of the Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs at the convention at Mt. Carroll Friday morning.
Mrs. M. W. Stark of Savanna was elected president of the Carroll county Federation
of Woman’s Clubs.
Other district officers elected were: Mrs. H. H. Howard of Galena,
corresponding secretary for one year; Mrs. Fay Rogers of Morrison, second vice president for three years; Mrs. Keek of Freeport recording secretary for
one year.
Over 300 women attended the two day meeting.
Mrs. C. M. Dargan of Pontiac, gave the principal address of the session on “Citizenship”  Mrs. William F. Farrell of Chicago, state president also gave a splendid address.

Civil War Service
Christian Heer Private
10 November 1864 Bear Valley, CA Priv  
H Co. 7th Inf. Reg. CA

David H Heer
Claimed Residence in Galena   
15 February 1865   Private  

George EVANS Private
Galena Sep 4, 1862
Mustered out Jun 10, 1865

John Woods Private
119 IL INF
Oct 7, 1862-June 14, 1865
Rushville, IL