James Heck was born in Spring Lake Township, Tazewell County. January 6. 1859. and received his education in its public schools. He was engaged in farming until thirty years of age, when he removed to Peoria and there entered the commission business, following the same for four years. He then located in Groveland, where, for seven years he was interested in a general merchandise store, but subsequently became associated with Roberts. Moschel & Mosiman as manager of their grain elevator; he is also overseer of the local telephone service in Groveland.
Mr. Heck has always affiliated with the Democratic party, and has held the office of Town Clerk for four terms. Socially, he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and in religious views is a Methodist. In 1889 he was married in Spring Lake Township to Miss Etta Porter, daughter of Isaac and Martha (Van Arsdale) Porter, and they have one daughter, Jessie. D. J. Heck, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a native of Kentucky, and married Miss Mary Fleming, who was born in Ohio.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1017