CHARLES R. HEIDEL
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
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.