The year was 1866 and folks were pushing westward from the eastern colonies. It was the year 1880 and a young man named Peter Heilig came to this area. According to the Detroit Census Bureau at that time, he was born in New York, and his mother and father were born in Germany. His occupation was listed as a hunter in the winter and he herded horses in the summer. The other few settlers in this area at the time, were the Curtis’s Bamfield’s, Caleb Smith, Colegraves, and the Thomas Phillips. (There may have been others).
The country was very rugged. There were no roads, only trails. The early settlers had to walk to Tawas to get their provisions. There were several Indian groups in the area. Some came there to spend the winter.
At about this time, a family named Goodfellow’s came from New York to Grayling and from there down to Curtisville to work in the Lould Lumber Co. Eva Goodfellow was the youngest of seven children. She went to school in Bowser’s home and they had a schoolteacher come in and live for the winter. The first church in the area was held in Bowser’s barn. Eva’s father was a civil war veteran. Eva and Peter were married when she was 16 yrs. Old. Eva was the first postmistress in the Curtisville area.
Grandpa Peter Heilig and Grandma Eva (Goodfellow) Heilig
Grandpa Peter and Eva Heilig family
Front row from the left: Violet, Gladys and Nellie
Second row from the left: Eva and Peter
Third row from the left: Edith, Florence, Kate, Jessie
Back row from the left: James, John, Clarence
Peter Heilig and Eva (Goodfellow) Heilig Family: James Heilig, Elaine (Heilig) Sears, John Heilig, Florence Heilig, Clarence Heilig, Katherine Heilig, Jessie Heilig
Grandma Eva Goodfellow Heilig, Grandpa Peter Heilig,
Violet Heilig, Gladys Heilig, Nellie Heilig
Peter Heilig was one of the first deacons and trustees of the Curtisville Baptist Church where church is held regularly yet today.
James, Peter and Clarence Heilig cutting hay.
Eva and Peter had 10 children:
- Florence Heilig was born on Mary 27, 1892 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan and died on December 7, 1919. She was married to Charles F. Loca on June 15, 1910 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan. He was born on May 17, 1906 in Glennie, Alcona County, Michigan and died on July 16, 1986 in Trenton Osteo Hospital in Trenton, Michigan. Florence taught in the Curtisville School. They had one son:
- Clarence Robert Heilig was born on December 22, 1889 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan and died on February 13, 1975 in Lincoln, Alcona County, Michigan. Clarence never married.
- John William Heilig was born on December 9, 1891 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan and died on August 12, 1981 in Bay City, Michigan. Hew was married to Martha Ellen Wilkenson on June 17, 1914 in Curtisville, Michigan. She was the daughter of William Wilkenson and Martha Corner, She was born on January 9, 1895 in Wilber, Iosco County, Michigan and died on November 17, 1974 in East Tawas, Iosco County, Michigan. They had five children:
- Bud Heilig
- Thelma Heilig
- Joyce Heilig
- Glenda Heilig
- Ronald Heilig
- Jessie Agnes Heilig was born on June 15, 1895 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan and died on August 18, 1941 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan. She was married to Marshall London on March 31, 1915 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan. He was the son of John London and Sarah Miller. He was born on October 10, 1896 in Mikado, Alcona County, Michigan and died on December 11, 1955 in Saginaw, Michigan. Jessie taught in the Curtisville School. They had five children:
- Harvard London
- Pauline London
- Doug London
- Dwight London
- Duane London
- Katerine F. Heilig was born on September 14, 1897 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan. She was married to Nelson Smith. He was born on November 19, 1898 in Glennie, Alcona County, Michigan. She died giving birth to their first child.
- James Nolan Heilig was born on October 8 Oct, 1899 in Curtisville, Michigan and died on September 13, 1976 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Edith May Lee on June 20, 1928 in in Harrisville, Michigan. She was the daughter of James Lee and Mary Arnold. She was born 1912 in Mikado, Alcona County, Michigan and died 24 Jun 1934. They had three
- Orval Thompson
- Elaine Heilig
- Arthur Heilig
- James N. Heilig, Jr.
- He married Flora May Jacques on March 14, 1942 in Harrisville, Michigan She was daughter of Davidn Jacques and Winnie Wedbrauk. She was born August 4,1916 in Detroit, Michigan, and died May 8, 2000 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan. They had seven children:
- David William Heilig
- John Daniel Heilig
- Winne Edith Heilig
- Pauline Jeanette Heilig
- Katie Heilig
- Henry Lyle Heilig
- Sherman Dean Heilig d. August 13, 1998. Sherman died of a massive heart attack in Curtisville,Mich. on the family farm. He was unloading hay from the hay wagon when he suddenly toppled over with a heart attack and fell off the wagon. He died instantly. His sister Sue and cousin Bryan London performed CPR on him until the ambulance arrived but to no avail. He was transported to the Tawas Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 46 years old. The funeral services were held at the Glennie Seventh Day Adventist church at 2:00 on Mon. the 17 of Aug. His body was cremated and he was buried with his father James N. Heilig in the Curtisville cemetery.
In Memory Of Sherman Heilig
You went away
My heart began to race like your wildest horse
I was trying to breath but there was no air
In an instant nothing at all made sense
I am helpless, helpless
frantic voices like mine all around
but you, you were floating in the warm sun
You were on your way to a new world
A better place where you always feel good,
and are full of energy
A kingdom of absolute beautiful things
Heaven is your new home
I close my eyes and see you in heaven,
riding a stallion down a shallow, stony stream
With trees and flowers all around you
You yourself are now one of heavens most divine creatures
For in my heart you'll always be
Written by Shonda Tolliver
- Edith Belle Heilig was born on August 29, 1901 and died in October 1968. She was married to Harry Pierce who had three daughters: Geraldine, Frieda, and Esther. He was born on April 5, 1888 and died in November 1973. Edith and Harry had three daughter:
- Bernice Pierce
- Florence Pierce
- Donna Pierce
- Nellie Mabel Heilig as born on April 4, 1904 in Curtisville, Alcona County, Michigan and died on February 3, 1983 in Winnipeg, Canada.. She was married to Donald Wickstrom and moved away to Winnipeg, Canada. He was born in 1899 in Moulecth, Canada. They had four children:
- Olaf Wickstrom
- Robert Wickstrom
- Eva Wickstrom
- David Wickstrom
- Violet Ellen Heilig was born on August 15, 1907 in Curtisville, Michigan. She was married to Hubert Pierce on May 13, 1925. He was born on January 21, 1904. They have one daughter:
- Gladys Evelyn Heilig was born on April 14, 1911 in Curtisville, Michigan and died on May 10, 1976 in Ovid, Michigan. She had one son:
Then she married Arthur George Miiller on April 16, 1938 in Angola, Indiana. He was born on April 2, 1907 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and died on May 26, 1967 in Ovid, Michigan. They had three children:
- Carol Miller
- Karen Miller
- Edward Miller
It was the year 1959 when Aunt Nellie, who had been living in Canada for many years came for a visit and the idea of a Heilig reunion was born. Each year since then, many happy gatherings have been spent in this place.
Jessie , Edith, Florence, Nellie, Katherine, Violet and Gladys Heilig
This was the report given at the Heilig Family Reunion by Elaine Heilig. The Heilig Family have a family reunion held at the High Rollaways every year on the last Sunday of July.. Only a couple of years since its start has it been held other places and then it was at the Curtisville Civic Center.
Kate Heilig, Ellen Wilkenson, Jessie Heilig, Mary Bell