Monday, July 18, 2011
Adam Heyder, Fisherman
According to the 1900 U.S. Census for Erie County, Ohio, Adam Heyder was born in Germany in 1857. He came to the U.S. in 1858. Adam Heyder's marriage record, accessed at Family Search Labs, listed his name as Henry Adam Heyder. His parents' names were Ernest Heyder and Mary Ann Goodsite, and his bride was Frida Kuebler. Frida was also born in Germany. Adam Heyder died in Sandusky, Ohio on July 18, 1929. His death certificate indicated that his occupation was fisherman, and that by 1929 he and his wife had divorced. An article in the July 28, 1929 issue of the Sandusky Register featured an article about Adam Heyder with the headline: "Like Marine Museum is Home of Recluse, Recently Found Dead." Adam's niece from Indiana, Emma Horton, inspected her uncle's home at 914 Hancock Street in Sandusky. Old boats, engines, pumps, nets, oars, and propellers and many other marine related items were found in and outside the Heyder home, There were rumors that the items may have been valued at $40,000 or more, but in the final inventory, the property was valued at $2,000 and personal property at $375.
Adam Heyder was buried at Oakland Cemetery. His tombstone stated simply, Born in Germany, Died in Sandusky, O. Adam Heyder kept to himself, but he had a deep interest in boats, engines, and all things related to fishing.
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