A biography of Herman Heinecke appears in "History of Sheboygan County Wisconsin", Vol. II. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1912.
"On the list of
Sheboygan county's honored dead appears the name of Herman Heinecke, who was
not only a reliable and trustworthy business man but also a recognized leader
in republican circles, appreciation of his good qualities on the part of his
fellow townsmen and of his progressive citizenship leading to his election to the
state legislature. The worth of his service in public connections was widely
acknowledged and made him one of the valued residents of his city. He was born
November 14, 1859, in Sheboygan. His father, Gustave Heinecke, a native of
Germany, settled in this city on coming to the new world and here followed the
tanner's trade, being the pioneer in that branch of business in this city. He
died November 19, 1905, at the age of seventy-five years, his birth having
occurred on the 7th of July, 1830. His wife, who bore the maiden name of
Wilhelmina Weisse, was, like her husband, a native of Saxony, Germany, born
November 16, 1836. She was a daughter of Frederick and Theresa Weisse, who on
crossing the ocean established their home at Lake Superior. Later they became
residents of Milwaukee and thence came to Sheboygan. The Weisse family were in
charge of the first toll-gate on what is now called Calumet road.
Herman Heinecke, reared in Sheboygan, acquired his education in the schools here and afterward clerked in a store managed by his father for one year, and later learned the painter's trade in Sheboygan Falls, to which place he walked from his home once each week. In 1881 he left Wisconsin for Iowa, where he followed the carriage painter's trade for three years. Subsequently he located at Hancock, Michigan, where he spent two years, and in 1884 he came again to this city, where he was engaged in the butchering business to the time of his death. He made a creditable record as an industrious, energetic and persevering business man and his honorable dealing was a feature in his success.
On the 23rd of January, 1884, Mr. Heinecke was married to Miss Augusta Kaufmann, who was born September 24, 1858, in Sheboygan, a daughter of Frederick Kaufmann, who came to America in 1857...
Unto Mr. and Mrs. Heinecke have been born six children: Ernst, who is proprietor of a meat market and married Lydia Guehldorf, by whom he has three children, Edna, Herman, and Gertrude; Otto, a partner in the meat market, who married Emma Littman, and has one child, Hildegard; Gustave, who died when three years of age; and Walter, Frederick, and Carl, all of whom are in school. Mrs. Heinecke holds membership in the Frauen Verein of the German Lutheran church, to which she belongs. Mr. Heinecke was a prominent figure in political circles, giving stanch support to the republican party. He was elected alderman from his ward and in 1903 was chosen to represent his district in the state legislature. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Sheboygan county, well fitted for leadership, and thus he took active part in political affairs as well as in business life. To know him was to esteem and honor him, for he was ever diligent, determined, reliable and progressive. He died on September 11, 1906."
Heinecke's obituary appeared in the local Sheboygan newspaper on 12 Sep 1906:
"Assemblyman Herman Heinecke of the First District, former alderman of the
Fourth Ward and proprietor of the meat market at 805 Indiana avenue, died at 7
o'clock last evening at his home, 822 Kentucky avenue, after a prolonged
illness during which several operations were performed to no avail.
Mr. Heinecke had been apparently healthy until last June, when he was taken ill, and grew constantly worse. He had been confined to his bed for the past four weeks. Death was brought on by a weak heart.
Mr. Heinecke was born in Sheboygan in 1849 and had resided here all his life. He was a respected citizen, and made friends everywhere, and in hi (sic) ward, the Fourth, he was elected its representative in the council, holding the office for two years.
Two years ago he was elected assemblyman of the First District, on the republican ticket. His term of office at Madison would not expire until January 1, 1907. He had refused to accept renomination and Ulrich Moeckli will succeed him.
It is now twenty-one years since Mr. Heinecke opened the meat market at 805 Indiana avenue. His business prospered there, and the proprietor worked in the interest of the city and community at the same time. He is survived by a wife and five children, Ernest, Otto, Walter, Fredrich and Carl all of whom are at home and by a brother, the Rev. Edward Heinecke of Michigan, and Mrs. August Dorow, a sister, at Marquette.
Mrs. G. Heinecke, mother of Assemblyman Heinecke, died five years ago, and G. Heinecke, his father, last November.
The funeral will take place Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with services at the Bethlehem Lutheran church and interment at Wildwood. The Rev. William Wambsgans will officiate."