|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1860|
Death of Arthur Heurtley, Long Prominent Here
Arthur Heurtley, one of Oak Park's most prominent citizens until after the World War, died on Tuesday at his country place near Muscatine, Ia., aged seventy-three years.
Funeral services will take place at Muscatine this afternoon (Thursday) and interment will be at Chippiannock, Rock Island.
Mr. Heurtely was distinguished both in business and in movements for cultivation of arts, especially music. He was among the first to employ the art of Frank Lloyd Wright and the "Heurtley House" at 310 Forest, designed by Mr. Wright has been pictured in architectural publications in Europe and Asia and has had a wide influence on design.
In the garden of this house is the oldest inhabitant of Oak Park, a great oak tree, said to have lived a thousand years.
Mr. Heurtley became secretary of the Northern Trust company in 1889 when it was organized and served in that capacity until 1920 when he retired.
He was born in Boston and came to Chicago in 1881, taking a position with the Merchants Loan and Trust company. He later was assistant secretary of the Chicago Edison company and then entered the service of the Northern Trust company.
Until incapacitated by illness Mr. Heurtley was an active member of the Cliff Dwellers and the Chicago and Union League clubs, the Apollo Musical club of which he was president for nine years, the Chicago Golf club of Wheaton and the Oak Park country club.
Mr. and Mrs. Heurtley entertained frequently and their company was usually composed of those interested in music and the other arts and distinguished artists frequently were their guests. The interior of their home, including all furniture, was designed by Mr. Wright and the rooms were so arranged that large companies could be entertained easily. For nearly two decades the Heurtleys were among the most interested and interesting of village families.
Their daughter became the wife of David Wood Griffiths when he graduated at the head of his class at West Point. Later he was on duty with the army in Panama and Mr. and Mrs. Heurtley spent several winters in the tropics which they enjoyed greatly.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Grace Heurtley; a daughter, Mrs. David Wood Griffiths of Chicago, and a son, Richard Walter Heurtley of New York City.
--Oak Leaves (Oak Park, IL), 20 Sep 1934
Parents: Richard Walter Heurtley, Cornelia Brown Sill
Attended private school on the east coast, until the family moved to Chicago in 1868. In 1872, Arthur began attending the Peekskill Military Academy and the family moved to New York.
In 1876, Heurtley graduated and began working at the National Park Bank of New York. He moved to Chicago in 1881, where he worked at the Merchants Loan and Trust Co. until 1888. He also served with the national guard from 1883-1888. After a year as assistant secretary at Chicago Edison Co., he joined the newly-formed Northern Trust Co. in 1889. Heurtley's ambition of becoming president of the company never materialized, because the company was family-owned, but he did open a bank branch at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, and persuaded the Marshall Field Department Store to open their business account with the Northern Trust.
Music was Mr. Heurtley's passion, and he studied at the New York Conservatory. He was part of several music organizations in the Chicago and Oak Park area, along with the Cliff Dwellers Club, the Union League, the Chicago Golf Club and the Oak Park Country Club.
Grace Crampton Heurtley (1865 - 1959)
Richard Walter Heurtley (1891 - 1977)*
Katherine Heurtley Griffiths (1896 - 1935)*
Rock Island County
Created by: Debbie B
Record added: Aug 03, 2010
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