Ohio Town Supervisor

Contributed by BetteJo Hall-Caldwell

Ohio's Favorite Son.

Ilion Citizen, Thursday, May 10,1906

Sketch of Chas. R. Heidel, The Town's Supervisor.

A Native of the Town - Has Taught Twenty-seven Terms of School and is the Dean of the Teaching Fraternity in the First Commissioner District - Supervisor, Justice of the Peace, Granger and Stalwart Republican.

We publish this week a cut and write-up of a young man well and favorably known in northern Herkimer county, where he has taught school for upwards of twenty years and is now the town's chief officer, having been elected supervisor of the town in the fall of 1904. Mr. Heidel was born in Ohio, Nov. 9th, 1872. He attended the district school near

Chas. R. Heidel

his home known as the White House school, later taking a year's course in the Cold Brook graded school. Following this he took a year's training in a select school for teachers in Vernon Center. In the year 1894 he entered the training class for teachers at old Fairfield and graduated in that course in 1895, being one out of a class of 25, coming out with the best average in the class. This was the first training class certificate issued in this commissioner's district and was given by O.S. Williams.

He commenced teaching at the age of 16 and took his first examination under S. H. Newberry of Little Falls. He has taught twenty-seven terms, putting in this time in eight different districts, and we believe his record as a teacher in the first commissioner district at the present time.

He was appointed ballot clerk the first time he voted and has held this office along with inspector of elections and county committeeman at various times since. At present he is supervisor of the town and was appointed justice of the peace by the town board at a recent meeting. His first year in the county legislature he gave the town the next to the lowest tax rate in its history. He is a member of the Grange, and now helds the office of Master of the Ohio Grange, having been elected to this office for six successive terms.

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