Page 868-869, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


C. W. Hein, a successful stockman of Rock Creek township, came to Butler county from Germany in 1892. When he came here his father-in-law, Nicholas Kuns, was engaged in the restaurant business at Douglass. Mr. Hein had no knowledge of the English language when he came here, but he had learned the butcher trade in his native land, and entered the employ of C. F. Gyot, a Frenchman, who conducted a butcher shop in Douglass. After the first week, Mr. Hein had learned enough of English so that he could understand the customers to the extent of making sales in a very satisfactory manner, and made very rapid progress in the mastery of English. He entered the employ of Alfred Edleman, who conducted another shop in Douglass, and worked for him two years.

When he came here Mr. Hein had about $300, to which he added his savings, and later purchased a farm in Rock Creek township, paying $1,000 down and he had enough capital left to buy a team, implements, etc. His farm was located on the northwest quarter of section 28, Rock Creek township. It was practically unimproved. A dilapidated claim shack stood on the place, but there was not a rod of fence, a well, nor any other improvements. He proceeded to improve the place, and soon made a comfortable home for himself and family. He has prospered, becoming one of the substantial and well-to-do farmers and stockmen, not only of Rock Creek township, but of Butler county. He worked hard to get a start, and has succeded[sic] even beyond his expectations. He is a capable business man, and his investments have uniformly proven profitable.

Mr. Hein was born in Germany on October 12, 1855. His parents, Ernst and Louise Hein, were both natives of Germany. The father was engaged in the milling business in the town of Stalupenen, in the eastern part of the German Empire. C. W. Hein received his education in the schools of his native land, and when a youth learned the butcher trade. He was united in marriage to Miss K. P. Kuns, a native of Germany, and a daughter of Nicholas Kuns. To Mr. and Mrs. Hein have been born ten children, seven of whom were born in Germany, and the others in Butler county, Kansas. They are as fellows: Mrs. Henry Sherman, who resides near Udell, Kans.; W. F., Rock Creek township; Charles, Douglass township; Louise, married William Diller, and resides near Mulvane, Kans.; Frank, Douglass, Kans.; Oscar and Mary, live at home with their parents. All of the Hein children are prosperous and substantial citizens.


Mr. Hein is a Republican and takes a commendable interest in local affairs. He has been a member of the school board for a number of years, and takes a keen interest in educational matters, and is an advocate of good schools. For twelve years Mr. Hein has been road supervisor. He is a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security, and is a public-spirited citizen.

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