Theodore Heintzman

Plot 1, Lot 10
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto

Born in Berlin, Germany, May 19, 1817, Theodore Heintzman (no relation to Gerhard Heintzman, Plot 1, Lot 13) was in the piano manufacturing business before emigrating with his family to the United States in 1850, where he spent some time in the same business in both New York City and Buffalo, New York. With the outbreak of the American Civil War, the demand for pianos fell drastically and Heintzman decided to move to Toronto, where he and the family rented a house on Duke (Adelaide) Street. In a back room of the little house, Heintzman began manufacturing pianos that for the first time bore his own name.
   The business flourished and soon the house was too small for the family and the factory. Heintzman moved his piano business into a large factory on King Street West which it also outgrew. In 1891, Heintzman eventually built a brand new complex out in the town of West Toronto Junction, where the Heintzman piano was manufactured for a great many years. On July 25, 1899, after a long illness, 82-year-old Theodore A. Heintzman died at his beautiful Annette Street residence.

Mike Filey
Mount Pleasant Cemetery: An Illustrated Guide
Second Edition Revised and Expanded

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