HECKERT, JOHN E., farmer and stockman, Derry Church, Pa., was born in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., October 3, 1850. Peter Heckert, his father, was born in Lower Paxton township, in 1812, and was of German descent. He had a common school education. He was all his life a farmer. He cultivated a farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres. He married Caroline Unger, born in Lower Paxton township. They had ten children: Kate, unmarried; John E.; Calvin, a physican; Annie, wife of S. Fishburn; Aaron, of New York; Philip, farmer in Derry township; Emma, unmarried; Theodore, Elizabeth, and Jane, all deceased.
John E. Heckert passed his youth in the usual manner of farmer boys, attending the public schools in the winter and working on the farm in the summer. He remained on the farm until 1878, when he removed to Derry township, rented a farm, and cultivated ir for four years. After this, in 1884, he bought a farm of thirty-eight acres, in Derry Church. On this land he built a fine residence, and made other improvements, and by careful and skillful tillage and management brought it to a condition of great productiveness and beauty. Mr. Heckert is a man of great industry and energy, and spares neither labor nor expense to make his farming operations successful. He has the finest stock upon his place, and sends into market some of the very best products of his region.
He was married, October 15, 1878, to Barbara F. Behm, of Derry township, born January 1, 1851. They have no children.
Jacob Behm, father of Mrs. Heckert, was born near Annville, Lebanon county, Pa., and is a son of Rudolph Behm, a prominent farmer in that county. He grew up on the farm, and in 1835 removed to Derry township, where he engaged in farming and stock raising on a large scale. He married Fannie Forney, a native of Lebanon county. They had four children: Samuel, of Palmyra; John, of Palmyra; Fannie, wife of A.E. Hershey, and Barbara, wife of J.E. Heckert. Mr. Behm was a Republican, and served as county commissioner during the time the court house was erected. He died in May, 1895; his wife in March, 1892. Mr. Heckert, in his political views, accords with the Democratic party.