Bio: Hein, W.F. (Retirement - 1944)


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Surnames: Hein, Creviston, Waters, Lawrence, Hahn, Michael


----Source: Humbird Enterprise (Humbird, Clark Co., Wis.) 01/08/1944


Hein, W.F. (Retirement - 8 JAN 1944)



William F. Hein retired as rural mail carrier after 33 years of service, when he completed the trips on Friday, Dec. 31st.  We asked Mr. Hein for a review of his services for Uncle Sam, and a bit of history of the routes, and are indebted to him for the following interesting article:


On Dec. 31st I made my last trip on the rural route.  I was appointed regular carrier July 1, 1911.  Before that date I substituted one year and acted as temporary carrier 4 months.


Chas. Creviston, who now lives in California, was the first carrier out of this office.  He was appointed in 1904 and served the route about 7 years.  During my service, I acted under four postmasters, Jas. Waters, J. W. Lawrence, A. F. Han, and our present postmaster, John Michael.  We all got along fine working together.  During my line of travel I made approximately 226, 820 miles, and have tried different ways of travel.


Started out with the old horse and buggy; used four motorcycles, one dozen cars, and 10 horses.  Have tried different ways in making the route; rode horseback, walked, used skies, but my last method was the old Model A.  I have had many a spill and runaways, but have not been in any serious accident.


In 1923, I was granted a 9 month leave of absence, as my wife wasn’t well and was advised by the doctor to go west.  We spent that year in California, and came back in May and took over the route again.


The first few years I didn’t have concrete or gravel roads.  Nature took care of the roads, giving us plenty of mud and plenty of snow drifts up to the top of the fences.  Some days we were unable to follow the roads, so had to cut wire fences and go through the fields wherever we could, many time get…..(the article continued on another page that I did not get a copy of)


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1905 Wisconsin State Census, Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin


Name: William F Hein
age: 21y
estimated birth year: Abt 1884
birthplace: Wisconsin
relationship to head of household: Son
race: White
gender: Male
marital status: Single
place of birth: parent 1: Germany
place of birth: parent 2: Germany
family number: 37
page number: 304
line number: 77
film number: 1020442
digital folder number: 4236848
image number: 00553
Household Members
Husband: Valentine H Hein M 72y
Wife: Theresa Hein M 60y
Son: William F Hein M 21y


1910 Federal Census, Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin


Name: William F Hein, works in flour mill
birthplace: Wisconsin
relationship to head of household: Son
marital status: Married
race : White
gender: Male
immigration year:
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
family number: 175
page number: 9
Household Gender Age
Grandfather: Valentine Hein M 77y
Wife: Kittie L Hein F 23y

Husband: William F. Hein M, 27y
Child: Neil F Hein M 1y 7m


1920 Federal Census, Clark Co., Wisconsin


Name: William Hein
estimated birth year: 1883
age: 37
birthplace: Wisconsin
occupation: mail carrier
gender: Male
race: White
marital status: Married
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
sheet number: 8
Household Members
Husband: William Hein M 37y
Spouse: Kittie Hein F 33y
Child: Neil Hein M 11y
Child: Beth Hein F 6y


1930 Federal Census, Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin


Name: William F Hein
gender: Male
age: 47
marital status: Married
race: White
birthplace: Wisconsin
estimated birth year: 1883
occupation: mail carrier
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
enumeration district number: 0028
family number: 143
sheet number and letter: 6B
line number: 83
Household Members
Husband: William F Hein M 47
Wife: Kittie Hein F 43
child Neil F Hein M 21
child Beth L Hein F 16


WWII Draft Registration


Name: William Fredrick Hein
Event: Military
Event date: 1942
Event place: Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin
Residence: Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Birth date: 21 Dec 1882



WWII Patch Collection of William F. Hein



"Handemacht" means Handmade.

Please contact us if you can explain the significance of these patches.


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