In this picture, Uncle Joe is the third from the right side.

George Joseph "Uncle Joe" Heydinger

Uncle Joe was a bachelor boy and quite a character from all accounts. He and his other bachelor brother Steve remained on the homestead, farming it for their mother after their father, John Heydinger, passed away in 1894. When their mother, Mary Gullung Heydinger, passed away in 1920, they continued on the farm and actually added a piece of prpoerty to it.

"The Boys," as Steve and Joe were amiably referred to by all, used to cause quite a ruckus once in a while. Not that the cops ever had to go down and bust heads. Dorothy Ernst had recorded her vivid recollections of her dad, Charlie, having to ride down to the farm on some Saturday nights when the "Boys was actin' up," and grandmother couldn't handle them. Dorothy records that Charlie never gave too many details about the goings-on except to say, "Corn cider again," and chuckle. So what else was there to do on a Saturday night down on the farm in those days?

If anyone has pictures of Uncle Joe or any lore relating to him, we'd appreciate your passing it along so we could add it in here. Don't worry about how true it may or may not be - do you think anyone is alive yet to contradict it?

Created by Mike Heydinger on October 1, 2009      

This website is your chief source for information concerning the 2010 John Heydinger five-year reunion, aka "The Big One." While it may seem primitive right now, it will be constantly updated, so check back frequently.

The 2010 reunon date has been set for July 31 - August 1, 2010.

Saturday evening will have a Mass, celebrated by Fr Frank Kehres, at 5 PM. A potluck supper will follow, with square dancing continuing till 11 PM - all at North Auburn's Mother of Sorrows Church.

Sunday will be celebrated entirely in New Washington's St. Bernard's Parish Hall. Bring your goodies around 11:30 AM, and dinner will begin promptly at noon. The committee will supply all table service wear and drinks.

Also, since the family auction was such a terrific fundraiser in 2005, we have decided to repeat this event. So begin now to create some object(s) which would be of interest to the family and have some monetary value at auction in order to help raise funds to throw the next big bash in 2015!

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!