The wedding invitation of August Heydinger and Mary Wechter. Mayme had been living with her aunt and uncle, the Burger's, helping them on their farm. As it happened, Gus was also living on their next door farm, working and helping out there. Love blossomed over the fences!

The August Heydinger Family Site

Created by Mike Heydinger on October 1, 2009      

August Heydinger (1878 - 1954) or Gus or Gust for short, was the second youngest of John Heydinger's nine boys.

Gus attended school in the same one-room schoolhouse as did some of his brothers, just down the road from "The Place" north of New Washington. He attended through grade six. No grade cards survive, but he was well enough educated that he was considered a man of importance in Auburn Township and served as one of the trustees for years.

In his young manhood, Gus worked as a farmhand for Matt Burger during which time he met Mary (Mayme) Wechter who lived with her aunt and uncle on the next farm. They courted and married on January 14, 1903, at St. Mary's (Mother of Sorrows) Church before Rev. J. P. Kunnert. Attendants were Charles Heydigner and Rose Wechter.

According to an account of son Frank Heydinger, Gus and Mayme's first home was in the home of Matt Berger's father whom Gus had helped build a new home, thus vacating his older house.

The August Heydinger family then set up housekeeping on a farm north and east of Shelby. While living there, Genevieve was born and also a boy named George who died at birth. Shortly afterwards they purchased the Locust Grove Farm north and east of Tiro on Auburn Center Road. There were born Sylvester, Herbert, Lucille, Frank, Clement, and Helen. In the spring of 1918 the Amelia Wechter farm on the Tiro-New Washington Road (now Ohio Route 103) came up for sale. It seems that of her two sons, Linus was drafte into World War One and the other took a war related job in the city. With no one to work the farm, Amelia sold it to Gus, and the family moved into it. There Rita and Raymond were born. Gus farmed most of his life until he retired and moved into New Washington.

August was always a civic minded man, having cerved several terms as a Township Trustee and on the township school board. Later he was elected to the board of New Washington High School where he served several terms. In the fall of 1949 he retired from the farm and moved to New Washington. He and Mayme celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January of 1953 with all their children and about 45 grandchildren in attendance. He died in Mansfield Hospital in January of 1954 of heart failure after three months of hic-cupping. He was buried in North Auburn's Mother of Sorrows Cemetery after services in New Washington's St. Bernard's Church.

Gus loved to sing and was a member of the North Auburn choir. He himself could play the guitar and was instrumental in having Genevieve take piano lessons. Many an evening was spent with her playing piano for the family and their joining in the singing. Walton's anyone???

Mayme herself was one of nine Wechter children. She was born near Norwalk at a small settlement called Puckerbrush - east of Norwalk approximately where Rts. 61 and 601 intersect. Her mother was a Fisher, a first cousin to the Fisher boys from Norwalk who ran a carriage making shop that eventually evolved into Fisher Body Corporation. The August Heydinger family, though, never saw any of that money!

HELP!!! We need your HELP!!!

Posted by Mike Heydinger on October 15, 2009      

This is YOUR FAMILY WEBSITE. It will be successful only if YOU contribute. You do NOT have to be computer savy to help out. Contact us, and we'll git'er done!

We need Current Contact Information.

In order to keep all folks fully informed, we need CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION: street addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Contact your siblings, your children away from home, your folks - anyone in the relation - to email us their current contact information. Send it to me at

If you are more comfortable with snail-mail, send any information to me at Mike Heydinger Box 112 Huron, OH 44839.

We need Family History Data.

Also, we would like to do a full page here of information on each branch of the original John Heydinger family. We will post histories of each branch, pictures as far back as we can get them, and any other interesting data about the branches - whatever YOU think ought to be up on the site. We ask you to send us digital files if possible. If you are not computer savy and still wish to make a contribution of materials to this site, please email us and we can arrange to either come to you or have materials shipped to us for scanning and then return to you.

PLEASE - on all pictures, identify each person with a recognizable face. If known, indicate the year and place the picture was taken. Protect your valuable pictures and documents with cardboard stiffeners!

We need Current Family Tree Information.

If you go to the FAMILY GENEALOGY TREE in the column to the right, you can open it by clicking on the RED words This Family Tree and locate your immediate family's limbs, branches, and twigs on the family tree.

The further back you go, the more accurate the information actually is. What we need most is more MODERN up-to-date information.

Locate your part of the family's information and update it for us, PLEASE. Email to us the new and improved data. Don't worry about formating the data. Just give us the names and important dates, tell us what generation they are in and under whose name they should go. Generation numbers are included just to the LEFT of each name.

In order to have the NEW information included in the revised tree, you MUST get it to us. We will maintain the original document in order to guarantee security. Sorry!