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John Gerhardt Heintzman

Male 1845 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name John Gerhardt Heintzman 
    Born 6 Oct 1845  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Website Story of Heintzman Piano 
    Name Gerhardt Heintzman 
    Occupation 1876  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    piano maker 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-55643 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Buried Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I55643  Generations
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 

    Family Anne Catherine "Catherine" Killer,   b. 6 Jul 1857, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1932, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 23 May 1876  Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F39363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Oct 1845 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - piano maker - 1876 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 May 1876 - Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The Heintzman Co. firm was incorporated in 1866 in Toronto, Ontario by Theodore August Heintzman, who was born in Berlin, 19 May 1817, and who emigrated to Canada in 1860, following a brief residence in New York . The story that Heintzman worked in the same Berlin piano factory as (and emigrated from Germany with) Henry E. Steinway, who went on to found Steinway & Sons, is unconfirmed, but is typical of comparisons that were often later made between the instruments that their two firms produced.

      Following his arrival in Toronto, Heintzman began to produce pianos from his residence (he is said to have worked initially from his kitchen) and then went on to open his first factory at 23 Duke St. By May 1868 Heintzman had relocated operations to 105 King St W and was soon turning out more than 60 pianos a year. By 1873 the company had moved to 115-17 King St W where there was space for a factory, offices, and sales rooms. The company was operated by Theodore Heintzman until his death in 1899, when his sons took over operation of the company.

      Theodore Heintzman's nephew, Gerhard Heintzman, was also a piano maker, and when Gerhart died in 1926, Heintzman & Co. continued to operate Gerhard company for several years. In later years they also produced pianos under the Gerhard Heintzman brand. In the 1920s, when many Canadian piano manufacturers were struggling, Heintzman & Co. also took over the Nordheimer Piano Co , and in later years produced pianos under the Nordheimer name. Heintzman & Co. also produced foot-pumped player pianos although a number of electric pianos have been found to use the Welte reproducing system as well as one surviving example of an ArtEcho reproducing system. Over the years, Heintzman produced pianos were sold under several brands names, and Heintzman also sold pianos produced for them by other piano manufacturers. Heintzman's top pianos were produced under the "Heintzman & Company" brand, with the "Gerhard Heintzman" brand being next, then the "Nordheimer" brand. Brands that were produced for them, and sold with a "From Heintzman & Company" decal were Gerhard, Weber, Stevenson

      Wikipedia website 2009 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heintzman_&_Co.

  • Sources 
    1. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 10917 (1876), John Gerhard Heintzman-Anne Catherine Killer.
      John Gerhard Heintzman, piano maker of Toronto, Birth Place: Germany Age: 31 Estimated birth year: abt 1845 Father Name: Adolph Heintzman Mother Name: Malinda Heintzman Spouse Name: Anne Catherine Killer, residence Waterloo, Spouse's Age: 20 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1856 Spouse Birth Place: Waterloo Spouse Father Name: Nicholous Killer Spouse Mother Name: Christina Killer Marriage Date: 23 May 1876 Marriage Place: Waterloo City

    2. [S293] Census - ON, York, Toronto - 1901, Ward/Quartier No. 2 B-28 Page 14.

    3. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 01 Jun 1876.
      23 Apr 1876 By Pastor Schneider in Waterloo, Gerhard Heintzmann of Toronto was married to Catharine Killer of Waterloo Town.