Gallery #1--BAKER CITY.
Heilner Building.

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Record 104/2197
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Collection Miscellaneous
Photographer Parker's Studio or M. M. Hazeltine
Description Heilner Building. The building began as with one story. Around 1889 Heilner added two more stories and a cupola. Years later the cupola and third floor were removed as too heavy for the foundation. Across alley was On On & Co., a Chinese store in a building owned by Heilner. Later Sigmund's son, Jesse, managed a grocery store there.
On p. 20, Souvenir Edition of the Morning Democrat, Bowen & Small, Publishers, May 20th, 1898, is a short biography of Sigmund:
"Sigmund A Heilner was born in Germany in 1837, he came to the United States in 1852, and to the southern part of this state in 1854, where he followed quartz mining and merchandising. While residing there he went through the Rogue River Indian war of '55 and '56 and was a member of Oregon's sanitary commission in the civil war. In 1872 he moved to Eastern Oregon, locating at Sparta, where he operated a merchandise establishment until 1874, when he moved to Baker City and has since been engaged in the merchandise or warehouse business. In the manner of improving his property, he has proven his faith in the future of our town, his main store, of which we present a view, being an elegant three story brick 50 x 100. In this he carries an unusually heavy stock of groceries and queensware, in which lines he does an extensive business, both wholesale and retail. He is also erecting a fireproof stone warehouse 52 x 100 on First street to accommodate his increasing storage business, as he handles wool, grain, hides. &c., buying direct on commission, and does forwarding and storage for interior points. Mr. Heilner is a charter member of Baker City Lodge No. 47, A. F. and A. M., and also a member of Keystone Chapter No. 15. R. A. M. In 1874 he married Miss Clara Neuberger of Portland, and they have four children, two of his sons, Jesse and Sanford, being associated with him in business, the other, Joseph J., being a law partner of Win. Smith."
Object ID 1980.1.566
Place Main, 1901
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