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Catalog Number 2000.001.0024
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Sepia tone portrait of a man with thinning hair combed to the side. He has busy eyebrows and is not smiling. He is dressed in a dark suit and vest of shiny fabric. White shirt has an upturned collar and his dark silk i.e. is around his neck and tied in a bow at the front
Number of images 1
Date ca 1875
Photographer .
Title Heidinger, Rudolph
Collection Machinist - Heidinger, Rudolph
Accession number 2000.001.
People Heidinger, Rudolph
Notes 1842-1897 machine shop owner, tinner, investor

1860 St. Clair County Census Index, p 227: Jacob Heidinger 54 BA. Following children also born in Bavaria: Rudolph 18, Zuet (Quido)? male 9, Julius 7

1860 Belleville City Directory: Jacob Heidinger, Market Master, res es 1st N (East A) between Spring (1st) and Richland (2nd)

Advocate newspaper 3/6/1868 - Heidinger & Lengfelder - dealers in stoves,
copper, tin and sheet iron; corner Main and Church
p 72: Rudolph with Heidinger & Lengfelder, res: ws Richland near s 2nd.
p 74: Herdinger, Rudolph, tinner, res ws Richland between 3rd and 4th

1874 Atlas of St. Clair County: p 20 of Patron List:
Rudolph Heidinger, Belleville, Proprietor Western Stove Depot, from Ger 1852.
p 75: Western Stove Depot, W. Main St. - Stoves and hollow ware of all kinds,
hot air furnaces and ranges; tin, copper and sheet iron work done.

Rudolph Heidinger was an investor in Western Stove of St. Louis, MO. The
Labor & Industry Museum at Belleville, IL has a stove cast by Western Stove.
It was purchased at auction at Belleville in the mid 1950s. "Belleville, IL" is cast in the 2 footrests of the stove. It is an elaborately cast parlor stove in the style
of a "Todd Stove".

Heidinger interview with Al Henninger and Judy Kaufhold Belleville 3/1/1970:
"Rudy could do anything with tin. He was a careful craftsman - very exact.
Al Henninger was the son of Henry Henninger an incorporator of Herzler & Henninger Machine Works, Belleville. Henry knew Rudolph Heidinger who came to Belleville from Missouri. His daughter md a Hankammer. Rudolph was an investor and a clever mechanic. He could make anything work better.
In addition to his machine shop, Heidinger was an owner of Timkin-Heidinger Car Heating Company, St. Louis, MO, ca 1899."

1877 Belleville City Street Directory: Rudolph, hardware, stoves, and tinware; ss West Main, West of Race (3rd), res same

1887 Belleville City Street Directory: Rudolph Heidinger Stoves & Tinware,
332-334 West Main St., Res same. Also in listing, Louis Heidinger, tinner,
boards 334 W. Main St.

Advocate newspaper 11/13/1883 - J. J. Heidinger, H. Abend and F. Kaltwasser
incorporated Stove Pipe Fittings & Casting Co.. Capitol Stock of $900.
(Note: Julius J. Heidinger was the brother of Rudolph and according to the
1891-2 City Directory, he was the local agent for the St. Louis, Alton & Terra Haute Railroad).

Rudolph Heidinger emigrated from Germany to Belleville with his parents in 1858. He was 10 years old. He apprenticed as a tinner and also invested in the Great Western Stove Co. of St. Louis and the Timken-Heidinger Car Heating Co. In 1874, he was the proprietor of the Western Stove Depot at Belleville which sold the Great Western Stove plus all types of tin, copper and sheetiron work