Husband: Ferdinand HEISE
Born: January 27, 1894 in: Novosadlo, Kingdom of Poland, Russia Died: October 16, 1966 in: Hollywood, Broward County, Florida Buried: 1966 in: Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Olmsted Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Father: Samuel HEISE Mother: Elizabeth SCHATTSCHNEIDER
Wife: Ida FITZ
Born: November 30, 1897in: Kingdom of Poland, Russia Died: October 30, 1980 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Buried: 1980 in: Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Olmsted Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Father: Wilhelm FITZ (VITZ) Mother: Julianna YESKE (JESKE)
Married: October 28, 1916 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Ruth HEISE Born: June 7, 1919 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Died: June 7, 1919 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Dorothy HEISE Born: August 2, 1928 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio Died: August 2, 1928 in: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Other Living HEISEs
When Ida was sixteen years old she was brought over to the USA in 1913 by her older brother Gustav, who traveled overland from Briwilno Wulka, Kingdom of Poland, Russia to Bremen, Germany and then boarded on July 8, 1912 the ship "SS Konig Luise" and sailed to New York City, arriving on July 17, 1912 at Ellis Island, NY.
Gus at first stayed in New York and Connecticut, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
Ida traveled overland from Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, Russia to Bremen, Germany and then boarded on June 10, 1913 the ship "SS Kaiser Wilhelm II" and sailed on June 11, 1913 to New York City, NY arriving on June 18, 1913 at Ellis Island, NY. The passenger list states the following: "Name, Ida Fitz; Ethnicity, Russia, German; Place of Residence, Wola, Russia; Date of Arrival, 17 Jun 1913; Age on Arrival, 17 y; Gender, female; Martial Status, single; Ship of Travel, Kaiser Wilhelm II; Port of Departure, Bremen, Germany."
When Ferdinard was twenty years old he was brought over to the USA in 1914 by his twenty-three year old brother Otto, along with his seventeen year old sister Olga. Ferd and Olga traveled overland from Plock, Kingdom of Poland, Russia to Warsaw, and then to Bremen, Germany and boarded on May 16, 1914 the ship "SS Prinz Friedrich Wilhelm" of the North German Lloyd Steamship Line and sailed on May 17, 1914 to New York City, NY arriving on May 25, 1914 at Ellis Island, NY. Ida was born November 30, 1897 in Wilkow, Kingdom of Poland, Russia. When Ida was sixteen years old she was brought over to the USA in 1913 by her older brother Gustav. Gus traveled overland from Briwilno Wulka, (Poland) Russia to Warsaw, and then to Bremen, Germany and boarded on July 8, 1912 the ship "SS Koenigin Luise" of the North German Lloyd Steamship Line and sailed to New York City, NY arriving on July 17, 1912 at Ellis Island, NY. Gus at first stayed in New York and Connecticut, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
Ferd and Ida attended, met, and married in the Daisy Ave. German Church of God in Cleveland, OH--the Pastor was the Rev. Karl Giesser who married them on December 2, 1916. Gustave and Ferd were apprenticed together to a cabinet maker in or near Warsaw, Poland before they came to the USA, thus, it is possible that Ferd and Ida met through the former relationship of Gus and Ferd. However, what is known is that, at first, Gus did not like Ferd and sent Ida to Connecticut, where she was an upstairs maid for a doctor, in an attempt to keep Ferd away from his younger sister. When Ferd did learn where Ida was, he went and brought her back to Cleveland, Ohio, where they then were married. Gus seems to have changed his mind about Ferd after they were married because Gus supported Ferd on a number of occasions there after.
Ferd became a USA Citizen on March 16, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ferd began working as a carpenter on various construction sites, and would travel--in rain or snow--to the work site on a bicycle with his toolbox tied to the bicycle. One of the first construction sites that Ferd worked on as a carpenter was the first "High Level Bridge" in Cleveland. This bridge crosses the Cuyahoga River and connects Detroit Ave. and Superior Ave., it is now known as Veterans Memorial Bridge. Ferd then began work as a carpenter on the construction of the Terminal Tower Building in downtown Cleveland--this building is like a combination of the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station in New York City--and the Terminal Tower Building did, at one time, serve the same purpose in Cleveland as Grand Central Station does in New York City, all the railroads came together under the building. Next Ferd worked on the construction of City Hospital (now known as Metro-General Hospital) in Cleveland.
During this time Ferd was determined to begin his own construction company. Ferd had two problems though, first, his native language was German and it took a number of years for him to learn sufficient English in order to operate in the business world, and second, was the lack of money to start a business. It took Ferd twelve years, but he was able in 1926 to buy a lot in Parma at 6915 Snow Road (near Ridge Road) and build a house. Ferd's family lived in the house for about six months until he could sell it. The proceeds from the sell of this house was the seed money for Ferd's construction company which he named "Heise Homes."
It was during this time that the Daisy Ave. German Church of God decided that they wanted to build a new building so they could stop worshipping in the house that served that purpose. The people of the congregation mistakenly thought that Ferd was rich because he had started his own construction company, and asked him to head the building committee and to construct the new church building. However, some members of the building committee suggested changes in the plans through-out the construction but, left it up to Ferd to try to get approval from the whole building committee--which Ferd discovered was close to impossible--and almost led to a nervous breakdown for Ferd. In addition, some members assumed that Ferd could pay for the added cost of all these changes. This caused great personal difficulty for Ferd and for his infant construction company and this, plus (even more importantly) dissatisfaction with the current pastor, finally led to a dispute within the church that resulted in a split of the congregation. The Heise's, Conrad's, Drager's, Fitz's, Keene's, Schattschneider's, Yeske's, and other families associated with the Heise's left the Daisy Ave. German Church of God, and started attending the English Church of God. A few years later, in the early 1930's, Ferd decided to return to the Daisy Ave. German Church of God, possibly because Pastor Warner--whom Ferd thought was a very good pastor--had become pastor of the church.
Ferd continued to work as a carpenter for other construction companies and to build houses with his own construction company, Heise Homes--his best year was in 1932 when he built 15 houses. Ferd built houses in four main areas of Cleveland--Kamms Corner area, the Fulton Ave./Memphis Ave. area, South Hills area, and the Parma area. Altogether Ferd built around 100 houses. In the mid-1930's Ferd expanded into selling used houses and became a Real Estate Broker. Heise Homes had four locations, first at 95th and Lorain Ave. (rented), second at 126th and Lorain Ave. (rented), third at 2424 Broadview Road (built, owned, & sold), and fourth at 5649 Ridge Road (built & owned).
In the early 1950's, Ferd had a cataract operation on his left eye, and was instructed by the doctors not to do any work for several months. However, shortly after the operation Ferd started cleaning out construction material (concrete blocks) from the basement of his new home at 6396 Manchester Road in Parma, Ohio. The strain caused a complication and Ferd lost the eye, which resulted in a glass eye.
During the 1950's Ferd began to turn the business over to his son Harry and began to vacation in Florida during the winter season. Ferd finally bought a home in Hollywood, Florida and semi-retired around 1960.
Ferdinard and Ida are buried next to each other in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Olmsted Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
This information has been collected from numerous sources including many other researchers. Not everything here has been verified and there may be errors.