The Hefling Family
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Jesse E Heins

Jesse Edward Heins

Jesse was born in 1886 to Elmira Maria Hefling and Oliver Heins in Iowa. He died 19 Jun 1917 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas and is buried in the Center Point Cemetery in Iowa.

NOTE: Have found Jesse's middle name as Edward and Elward. Do not know which is correct.

Dorothy Jane "Dot" Ferrenberg

Dot was born 5 Aug 1887 to John Carr Ferrenberg and Emily Caroline Riggs in Arkansas. She died in May 1959.

Jesse and Dot were married 26 Jun 1907 in Arkansas. They had three children.

Children of Jesse Edward Heins and Dorothy Jane Ferrenberg:

  1. Princess Larue Heins (was called Princess)
      b. 27 Apr 1909
      d. 29 May 2009
      m. Charles R Jackson, Jun 1938
             b. 30 Sep 1913
             d. 17 Dec 2008
  2. John Elward Heins (was called Elward)
       b. 21 Mar 1911
       d. 08 Nov 1982
       m. Julia Ann (Judy) David, 22 Aug 1939
             b. 10 Dec 1921
             d. 07 Jul 2004
  3. Walter Ferrenberg Heins
       b. 11 Nov 1913
       d. 29 Jan 2000
       m. Ethel Faye Bottens, 25 Jun 1933

The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Republican had a good sized obituary for Jesse where we learn a lot about this young man. "The Rev. Jesse Heins, who died last week at Fort Smith, was formerly a resident of this city and had a wide circle of friends in this community who were shocked to hear of his sudden death. He had expected to be in Center Point for a visit within a couple of weeks. He had not been in ill health but it is supposed that the shock to his nerves, due to an operation of minor importance, one in fact for which he did not even take an anesthetic, was the cause of his sudden demise."

The Republican continued with the obituary from the Fort Smith (Arkansas) American: "Jesse E. Heins was born at Center Point, Iowa, and was 31 years old Friday last, getting inside the army registration limit just ten days. He is a son of Oliver Heins. He entered the ministery at a very early age and was only seventeen years of age when he first came to Rogers as "The Boy Preacher," and conducted special meetings for the Church of Christ. He returned several times and for a short time was pastor of that church. About ten years ago he married Miss Dot Ferrenberg of Rogers, daughter of Mrs. J.C. Ferrenberg. Three children were born, a daughter and two sons. After his marriage, the family moved to Bowling Green, Ky, where Rev. Heins completed his education and was in school there for several years. Five years ago, he returned to Arkansas and his first year was spent as a pastor at Altus. He was then called to the pastorate of the First Christian church of Rogers, coming in January of 1913 and remaining here until August, 1915, when he was called to the Echols Memorial church of Fort Smith. He quickly took a leading place among the active pastors of the city and although one of the youngest members, at the time of his death, was president of the Fort Smith Ministerial Alliance."


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