Tombstone of the Month

George Washington Heber

Heber_GeorgeGeorge Washington Heber, was born February 22, 1872, in Brookville, Jefferson County, PA, and was named for the President of the same name, who shared that birthdate.  Mr. Heber took great pride in having this famous date as his birthday.   He was the second son of Jackson and Mary (Young) Heber, well known residents of Brookville.  Other children of this family included Alice and Anna Heber, Mrs. Etta (Heber) Mohney, and J. Willis Heber. 

Mr. Heber was the secretary and general manager of the new Brookville Cemetery for over thirty years, taking that position after the death of his father who was previously employed in those stations.   He was also secretary and general manager of the Brookville Water Company, overseeing the installation of the filtration plant for Brookville. 

Mr. Heber had many interests, including oil painting, raising pheasant, history, and music.  He had a large collection of historical items from the past years of Jefferson County, and was the President and main organizer of the Jefferson County Historical Society. His interest in music led to his formation of the Brookville Musical Headquarters, where he dealt in pianos, organs, victrolas, and general musical merchandise.  He was the mandolinist for the Brookville Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Club, and for forty years was organist for the Holy Trinity Church.

George W. Heber died on January 6, 1936, the victim of an apparent heart attack at his home.  He was buried in the new Brookville Cemetery in the Heber lot with his parents and other family members. 

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