Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
DAVID L. HEINLEN, who resides
about two miles southeast from Mold, is one of Douglas county's industrious
and well known farmers. His estate consists of one-half section and
is well improved with buildings, fences and all things necessary to make
it a first-class grain and stock farm. Mr. Heinlen cultivates the
estate in a first-class manner and has shown himself to be a number one
David L. Heinlen was born in Gratiot county,
Michigan, on February 20, 1858, being the son of Emanuel and Mahala (Gale)
Heinlen, natives of Ohio and of German ancestry. The father is still
living, but the mother is deceased. Our subject received his education
in the common schools of Delaware county, Ohio and was reared on the farm.
He moved to Missouri, in 1873 in company with his father and the balance
of the family, making the settlement in Schuyler county, near Lancaster.
In 1885, he moved to Lind county, near Brookfield. In 1891, he came
too Washington, settling on a homestead in the vicinity of St. Andrews.
Having proved up on the claim, he sold it after eight years and bought
his present home place. During all the years spent in the various
states, Mr. Heinlen has devoted himself to farming. He has three
brothers and two sisters, John W., James P., Isaac S., Mrs. Mary A. West,
and Mrs. Effie Bierbowers.
In Schuyler county, Missouri, on June 19,
1881, Mr. Heinlen married Miss Elsie F. daughter of Nathan L. and Mary
M. (Sanders) Gier, natives of Missouri. Mrs. Heinlen was born in
Schuyler county, Missouri, on January 28, 1863 and died at Mold, April
9, 1903. Her remains were brought to St. Andrews. She was the
mother of the following named children: Cora, born in Schuyler county,
Missouri, on May 5, 1884; Jesse E., born in Linn county, Missouri, February
3, 1886; Lester L., born in Linn county, Missouri, on October 5, 1887;
Katie E., born in Linn county, Missouri, August 5, 1889; Annie I., born
in Linn county, Missouri, on January 20, 1891; Charles B., born in Douglas
county, February 27, 1893; Emma V., born in Douglas county, February 14,
1895; Arza C., born in Douglas county, December 16, 1896; David F., born
in Douglas county, March 20, 1899, and died January 20, 1900; Bertha N.,
born in Douglas county, April 20, 1901.
Mr. Heinlen is a member of the M. W. A., while
in church affiliations, he is connected with the Methodist denomination.
He is a man entitled to receive the respect and confidence of his fellows
and is known as one of the substantial citizens of the county.