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Rush County, Indiana
Genealogy and History

a small part of the INGENWEB and USGENWEB Projects


Centennial history of Rush
County, Indiana
Edited by A. L Gary and E. B. Thomas
Rushville, Ind.
In Two Volumes


JOHN H. HEEB, of Noble township, is representative of the progressive agricultural element of Rush county. He was born in Fayette county, Indiana, April 19, 1863, a son of Philip P. and Julia A. (Thompson) Heeb, the latter a native of Rush county. Philip P. Heeb was born in Germany and was a child of seven years when brought to the United States, the family coming on out to Indiana and first settling in Franklin county. There the youth acquired his educational training in the country schools, but when he was fourteen years of age removed to the home of his brother-in-law at Orange. While residing there he became apprentice to the trade of wagon and buggy making, after mastering which he followed that vocation for a number of years. Later he turned his attention to farming near Glenwood, in Noble township, where he purchased 150 acres, and continued to carry operations thereon until his death in 1904. He was a man of industry and good judgment, and a citizen who had the respect and esteem of those among whom he spent his life. He and his worthy wife, who was a native of Rush county, were the parents of three children: John H., Walter S. and Elizabeth Mertie, who married Oscar Churchill, who is deceased. John H. Heeb acquired his educational training in the public schools of Orange, lnd., and Noble township, and on leaving school applied himself to learning all the particulars of the business of farming, under the able direction of his father. He remained with the elder man until the time of his marriage, when he embarked upon operations on his own account, taking over the ownership, with his wife, of his present farm of sixty-five acres, located in Noble township. Mr. Heeb is a general farmer and a grower of live stock, in both of which departments he has made a success. On December 22, 1886, he was united in mar riage to Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac J. and Elizabeth (Gregg) Har- rell, and to this union there have been born three children: Bon W., who married Lula Pullman and has three children, Newell W., Mary Elizabeth and Helen B. ; Earl, who married Olive Stevens and has one child, Ruth Lorene, and Hazel T., who married Ed. P. Moore and has one child, "William Wallace. Mrs. Heeb was born on the property on which she is now making her home, her parents being respectively natives of Harrison, Ind., and Rush comity. Isaac J. Harrell came to Rush county in young manhood and engaged in farming, and here resided the rest of his life. He married Elizabeth Gregg, daughter of Judge John Gregg, who came to Rush county at an early day from Kentucky and entered land in Noble township from the Government, on which he erected a log cabin. He became widely and favorably known as a man of influence in his community. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Harrell, Elizabeth and George. Mr. Heeb is a Democrat, but is not a politician. He and his wife are generous supporters af various movements, educational, reli- gious and civic, and are held in high esteem in the community in which they have spent so many years.