Photographed December 11, 2014
Erected 2001 by Waukesha County Historical Society
New Berlin, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
42° 56.153′ N, 88° 9.734′ W
CHILDHOOD HOME OF
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR JULIUS P. HEIL (1876-1949)
Julius P. Heil lived in this house as a boy, going to Mill Valley School and working at Winton's Store on Prospect hill. He gathered field stone for the core of this house. A poor German immigrant, Heil went on to found the Heil Company, a Manufacturer of road building equipment and bottle washer. He later was elected Governor of Wisconsin for two terms, serving from 1939 until 1943. Heil was a one-man publicity bureau for Wisconsin's dairy products. He coined the phrase “Americas' Dairy Land”. Heil was known as “Julius, the just” because economy was his watchword. He died in Milwaukee in 1949 and is buried in Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery.
The marker is located on westbound West Julius Heil Drive, a short distance west of its intersection with South Racine Avenue / County Highway Y, at 19890 West Julius Heil Drive, New Berlin, Wisconsin 53146.
- Born July 24, 1876 in in Düssmund an der Mosel, Germany
- His full name is: Julius Peter Heil
- Immigrated to United States in 1881
- He grew up on a farm in New Berlin, Wisconsin
- He left school when he was 12 years old
- In 1901 he founded the Heil Rail Joint Welding Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (the company operates today under the name, "Heil Trailer")
- He was the 30th Governor of Wisconsin from 1939-1943
- He died in Milwaukee on November 30, 1949, from heart failure
Governor Heil was on the cover of Time Magazine on January 16, 1939; the article was entitled, "WISCONSIN: Heil Heil".
The marker is No. 21-05 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.
Image from Wikipedia: Julius P. Heil
Image of Governor Julius P. Heil from 1940 Wisconsin Blue Book
(published by the state as a public document; no copyright notice)
This work is in the public domain in that it was published
in the United States between 1923 and 1988 and without a copyright notice.
The Governor's former home, to the right,
is in such shambles I did not photograph it.