Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon for one of New Haven's most prominent citizens, Edward A. Hebbeler, who passed away in his 91st year Monday morning at the Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis.
Mr Hebbeler had been ailing for the past several months. Officiating the services was the Rev. August E. Bergey. Interment was in the New Haven cemetery.
A prominent personality in the business and civic affairs of New Haven, the life and accomplishments of Edward A. Hebbeler closely reflects the growth and progress of his town and community. He had been mayor for three terms, city treasurer for two and an alderman for three. As a president of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of an area highway association, his interest in better highways led to the location of state Highway 100 to serve New Haven, Washington, Berger and Hermann.
From its organization and until its merger with the Bank of New Haven in 1930, he was president of the Farmers' Savings Bank. Throughout his long and active interest in local industrial development, he contributed generously to the financial support of new factories that would create more job opportunities. A conviction that he widely boasted was that "New Haven was on of the most beautiful small towns in Missouri."
He was widely known over the state both as an ice cream manufactuere for 40 years and a bottler of drinks for 30 years, Mr. Hebbeler was widely known in business circles over the state. As a charter member of the Missouri Ice Cream Manufacturers Association, he served as one of its presidents. He also served a term as president of the Missouri Association of Soft Drink Bottlers. Because of his long service and fondness for conventions, he was an honored guest in his late years at these annual meetings.
A Bakery was his first business venture. Born in St. Louis in 1874, he arrived in New Haven four years later when his father opened a bakery located just south of the present Langenberg Hat Company. He worked with his father, spent a year at a large St. Louis Bakery mastering his trade and after his marriage in 1896, opened a bakery in the downtown business district. Pioneer residents still recall his tasty milk bread selling for 5 cents a large loaf and his rich pastries.
When ice cream was added to expand retail trade, it too was superlative in richness and taste. The secret of it's quality was the fresh, rich cream obtained daily from nearby farms. The early ice cream was made in a hand operated freezer. The bakery was discontinued in 1917, a modern ice cream plant erected and demand had expanded to many other towns in the area. Until the expanding demand for ice cream necessitated the manufacture of ice, it was harvested in midwinter from the Missouri river and large ponds.
Soft drinks soon became big business. Soda water made its first appearance in the Hebbeler bake shop when a shipment from a Washington bottler was offered to ice cream customers. Soda water seemed to go with ice cream quite like gravy to potatoes and in this union a new business took shape. Soda water has grown and grown in public acceptance until today it is one of the major manufacturing facilities of New Haven. It is the fond dream come true of a far-sighted pioneer business man. The huge ultra-modern bottling plant of Ed Hebbeler & Sons along side Highway 100 which when completed next summer will have a capacity of 1,000,000 cases of soft drinks a year is visible proof of the pioneer's vision.
A man of amaging energy, Ed Hebbeler, Sr., worked long hours in his bottling plant until the last two years of his long life. But he did have time for pleasure. He was a member of the American Zither Association and played at concerts in several large American cities.
His lively interest in politics took him to conventions small and large and gave him constant contacts with part leaders and workers. He was chairman of the Missouri Republican Central Committee in the 1930s.
Long associated with his father in the family business enterprises, Edward T. Hebbeler is directing all of the operations of the bottling and sales of soft drinks. He is general manager of the firm. A grandson of the founder, Edward F. Hebbeler, is production manager. A second son, Charles F. lives at Festus, MO, and a third sone, Harold W. is deceased.
The wife of Mr. Hebbeler, Sr., the former Clara Blaske died in 1964.
Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Rose Linnebeck of Higginsville, MO and Mrs. Emma Lobach of Los Angeles; a brother, Oscar of Higginsville; a second grandson and granddaughter and three great grandsons of New Haven
(newspaper article by Guy Trail is the source of this Bio)
Clara M. Blaske Hebbeler (1879 - 1964)
New Haven Cemetery
Created by: Dennis Hellebusch
Record added: Jan 24, 2011
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