Mary Louise Higgins (1897-1932)

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Mary Louise "May" Higgins Heinz Weyenberg
Heinz, Mary Louise Higgins.jpg
Born: 21 Aug 1897 Superior, Wisconsin
Died: 18 Jan 1932 Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Elisha Albion Higgins
Mother: Susan Mable Davis
Siblings: Cora May Higgins
Joseph Davis Higgins
Eliza Higgins
Augustus Higgins
Susannah Higgins
Richard David Higgins
Dorothy Mable Higgins
John Henry Higgins
Lottie Lora Higgins
Mary Louise Higgins
Bertha Edna Higgins
Charles Higgins
Jessie Higgins
Raymond Otto Higgins
Spouse: (1) Frank Heinz, Jr.
Married: 1914 Superior, Wisconsin
Children: Floyd Leonard Heinz
Inez Marie Heinz
Carol June Heinz
Leslie Eugene Heinz
Lyle Kenneth Heinz
Spouse: (2) George John Weyenberg
Married: 5 Sep 1923 Ontonagon, Michigan
Children: George John Weyenberg, Jr.

Mary Louise Higgins was born August 21, 1897 in Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin.

Her parents are Elisha Albion Higgins and Susan Mable Davis.

She was a blue baby, which means she was born with a bad heart. It was twice its natural size with a leakage of the valve. Uncle Joe, her older brother would carry her around all the time to save her strength. She went to school four years and passed the eighth grade.

Mary Louise met Frank Heinz in the Five & Dime Store where she worked. He played violin and he would sing to her the song, "I Found A Million Dollar Baby in the Five and Ten Cent Store".

She was eighteen and he was thirty one when they married in 1914 in Superior, Wisconsin.

They were together seven years and had five children: Floyd Leonard, Inez Marie, Carol June, Leslie Eugene and Lyle Kenneth Heinz.

Leslie always said he was born in a barn, Mary climbed up into a hayloft after a hen and began the child-bearing process right there.

When Lyle was just a toddler her husband Frank Jr. was killed in a hunting accident. After Frank died, Mary had to go to work once again to support her children, leaving her children in the care of family.

May Heinz with her daughters, Inez & Carol

Two years after Frank died Mary met George John Weyenberg and they were married.

On December 9, 1930 she gave birth to their son, George John Weyenberg, Jr.

George and Mary heard from relatives that "good farm land" was available near Harbor Springs, so in 1931 they moved to the lower Peninsula. For a while they lived on Spring Street in a house across from Fred Main's house. The Heinz family next moved out to a fruit farm on a road towards Cross Village.

May died January 18, 1932 in Petoskey, Michigan. The doctor who attended her said it was one child too many for her heart to stand. She was 35 years old.

Death Notice

The Petoskey Evening News, Monday, January 18, 1932, page 4, Tea Table Talk:

Mrs. Mary Louise Wegenberg wife of George Wegenberg, of Harbor Springs, died today following a long illness. She was 35 years of age. Arrangements for the funeral are being made this afternoon.


The Petoskey Evening News, Tuesday, January 19, 1932, page 4, Tea Table Talk:

A short funeral service for Mrs. George Weyenberg, of Harbor Springs, who died here yesterday, will be held this afternoon from the Stone Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Bergland, Michigan, tomorrow, for burial.


  • Name variations: Mae, Molly
  • Higgins, Eleanor Brown. Children of Susan Davis and Elisha A. Higgins:
j Mary Louise b. 21 Aug 1896 Superior d. 18 Jan 1932 Petoskey, MI
  • Birth variations:
Aug 1896 [Richard Higgins book]
21 Aug 1896 [Eleanor Brown Higgins]
  • 1920 Federal Census, Matchwood, Ontonagon, Michigan
Heinz, Frank
, May, wife, white, female, 23, married, WI
  • 2nd Marriage: FHL Film #1016584, Ontonagon County, Michigan, Marriage Record, Vol. 2, p. 133, #128:
George J. Weyenberg, 39, white, of Matchwood
Mae Heinz/Mae Higgins, 27, white, of Matchwood
Born: Superior, Wis
at home
Father: E. A. Higgins
Mother: Susan Davis
One previous marriage
Licensed: 5 Sep 1923
Married: 5 Sep 1923, Ontonagon, MI
By: Rev. Benj. G. Barker, Presbyterian Minister
Otto Cole, Matchwood, MI
Mrs. Alma Higgins, Matchwood, MI
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
WEYENBURG, Mary Louise
Date of Death: 1/18/1932
Liber: 5
Folio: 501
Place of Death: Petoskey, MI
  • Death variant: 8 Jan 1932 [Family Records]
  • Petoskey News-Review, Tuesday, 1 Oct 1974, front page, Obituary: Heinz, Leslie Eugene