Linn County, IA Biographies
BENJAMIN F. HEINS
Among the worthy German citizens of Cedar Rapids Benjamin F. Heins was
numbered and is yet kindly remembered by many friends who knew him while he was
yet an active factor in the world's work. A native of Germany, he was born
September 12, 1849, and was the son of B. K. Heins. He was only about six
weeks old when his parents bade adieu to friends and native country and
sailed for America. After reaching the shores of the new world they made
way westward to Linn county, Iowa, so that Benjamin F. Heins spent his
life in this county. After completing his English education, whereby he
a good knowledge of all the common branches of learning, he took up the
study of law and in due time was admitted to the bar. Thereafter his
was given to practice as an attorney and counselor and for a time he was
associated with a Mr. Craft, while he joined his brother Lewis, who was
an attorney, and the firm of Heins Brothers attained a prominent place at
Cedar Rapids bar. Benjamin F. Heins was widely known for the precision and
care with which he prepared his cases, and his cause was always presented
clear, forcible and logical manner that never failed to impress the court or
Jury and seldom failed to win the verdict which he desired.
In 1888 Mr. Heins was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary (Emerson) Chase,
was born in Ohio, July 26, 1848, and was the daughter of D. W. and Hulda
(Flint) Emerson. Her parents were natives of New Hampshire and Vermont
respectively and on leaving New England became residents of Wayne Co, Iowa
(Ohio), but subsequently chose Cedar Rapids as the place of their residence
and remained here until called to their final rest, the father passing
in 1888, while the mother died in 1892(1892). In their family were 13
children, including their daughter Mary, who in 1869 gave her hand in
to Lewis Chase. She lived in Ohio for a time and in 1897 removed to Cedar
Rapids. Here Mr. Chase remained until his death, which occurred in 1884.
was one daughter by that marriage, Grace Emerson Chase, Now the Wife of S.
Palmer, of Cedar Rapids. Following the death of her first husband Mrs.
became the wife of B. F. Heins in 1888 and they traveled life's journey
together for sixteen years. When, in May, 1904, Mr. Heins was called to his
final rest. Mrs. Heins still makes her home in this city and is the owner
two fine residences on North Seventh Street, from which she derives a
substantial income. She has many Friends in this city and enjoys in large
measure the esteem of those with whom social relations have brought her in
Death of B. F. Heins
Death came peacefully to B. F. Heins, the well known attorney, Sunday
morning, while he slept. He had arisen in his usual health at an early hour,
and then laid down and entered the sleep of death, the end came at about 7
o'clock. Mr. Heins had been in ill health for about three years. The
will be from the residence 126 North Seventh Street, tomorrow afternoon at
o'clock. Rev. Walk
and Dr. Burkhalrter will conduct the services. Interment will be at
B. F. Heins was born in Germany, September 12, 1848, when six weeks of
he came with his parents to the United States, The family located in Linn
county, and Cedar Rapids and vicinity has been the home of Mr. Heins since
infancy. Mr. Heins was married to Mrs. M. E. Chase of this city in 1889.
Bereaved by this death are the wife, two brothers, Lewis and John; two
Mrs. Ferguson of Clay county, and Mrs. William Johnson of this city.
Biography submitted by F.C. Emerson on 1/14/98
Copyright © 1998 by F.C. Emerson, All Rights Reserved.
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