Pages 322-323, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MRS. ELIZABETH HECK—Well known in social and business circles in Humboldt. Mrs. Heck enjoys the warm regard of many friends and well deserves representation in this volume. She was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 4, 1872, and is a daughter of Matthew B.


Mullany, a native of Ireland. When sixteen years of age her father left the green isle of Erin, crossed the broad ocean to the new world and became a resident of Virginia. He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Bates, who was born in New York City, but her parents were natives of England. When Mrs. Heck was a little child of two summers her parents left the Old Dominion for the Nation's capital, and the father engaged in business in Washington. Subsequently he removed to Quincy, Illinois, where he conducted a grocery store. In 1876 he came with his family to Humboldt where both he and his wife spent their remaining days. The father died April 25, 1898, at the age of sixty-eight years, while the mother passed away the 10th of June, 1900, at the age of fifty-six. They had three children, but two died early in life.

Elizabeth Mullany, the only surviving member of the family, spent her girlhood days in Washington, D. C., Quincy, Illinois, and in Humboldt, Kansas, and the public schools afforded her the educational privileges which she enjoyed. When she had attained womanhood she gave her hand in marriage to Henry Heck, the wedding being celebrated in 1890. Mr. Heck was a native of Germany and a man of considerable means, his attention being given to the management of his security interests. His health failed him, however, and after two years of married life, in 1892, he passed away. Mrs. Heck maintains her residence in Humboldt where she looks after her real estate interests and other investments which she has here and which yield to her an ample income. She possesses good business and executive ability and at the same time manifests in her life those true womanly qualities which everywhere command respect. Having long made her home in this portion of the State, she has a wide acquaintance and her circle of friends is very extensive.

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