One of the most extensive land-owners of Nemaha county, Mr. Heimann resides on section 4, Richmond township, where he is engaged in general farming and stock-raising. In the legitimate channels of trade he has won a handsome success and is to-day one of the wealthy residents of his neighborhood. His prosperity has resulted entirely from his own well-directed and honorable efforts, his perseverance and capable management bringing to him that prosperity which is the coveted goal of every one who enters upon a business career.
Mr. Heimaun was born in Clinton county, Illinois, on the 24th of December, 1847, and is of German lineage. The father, B. H. Heimann, was born in Germany and came to America about 1832, locating on a farm in Clinton county, where he spent his remaining days, dying during the early boyhood of his son Timotheus. The mother bore the maiden name of Catherine Menke and was also a native of Germany. She died in Illinois, of cholera, about a week before the father died. They were the parents of six sons who grew to manhood.
Mr. Heimann, of this review, the fifth in order of birth, was left an orphan when two years of age. He resided with his brother until about seventeen years of age, when he started out in life for himself, working by the month in a general store. Subsequently he engaged in business with his brother, their partnership continuing for four years. On the expiration of that period he sold his interest and came to Nemaha county, Kansas, bringing with him capital sufficient to purchase eighty acres of land. The tract which he bought was improved with a little house, in which he took up his abode and for two or three years thereafter he devoted his energies to the cultivation of his land. He also added to it a forty-acre tract and in 1880 he purchased one hundred and sixty acres on section 4, Richmond township, where he now resides. He paid eighty dollars down upon the property and arranged to make yearly payments until the indebtedness should be discharged. About 1881 he sold his farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 16 and built a small house upon his land on section 4, and as his financial resources have increased he has extended the boundaries of the farm and is to-day the owner of sixteen hundred and forty acres of valuable land. In 1896 he erected his present residence, at a cost of fifteen hundred dollars, and about 1885 he built a good barn, 30x60 feet, with a west L 50x60 feet. He has also made substantial improvements upon his other farms and therefrom derives a good income, his land being divided into six farms, five of which he rents. He has engaged extensively in raising stock and now has upon his place three hundred head of cattle, twenty head of horses and about one hundred and fifty hogs.
In Clinton county, Illinois, Mr. Heimann was married to Miss Ellen Otke, a native of that county and a daughter of Henry and Bernadina (Weberg) Otke, who were natives of Germany and early settled in Clinton county. Both are now deceased. They are the parents of eight children, who grew to manhood and womanhood. Mrs. Heinmann (sic), the fifth in order of birth, was reared and educated in her native county. By her marriage she has been the mother of seven children: Henry, Kate, George, Nora, John B., Joseph and Timotheus.
In his political views Mr. Heimann is an independent Democrat, but has never been an aspirant for office, preferring to give his time and attention to his business affairs. He is very practical in his management of business and at the same time follows progressive methods. Everything about his place is neat and thrifty in appearance, his buildings and fences are kept in good repair, the latest improved machinery aids him in cultivating the fields and a glance indicates to the passerby that the owner must be one of the leading and representative farmers of the community, a position which is accorded him by all who know him.