Thomas Josef Heimbach

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Franz Thomas Josef Heimbach (born April 5, 1786 in Düren ; † March 29, 1853 there ) was founder of the felt cloth factory Thomas Josef Heimbach in Mariaweiler and part-time mayor of the city of Düren.

Thomas Josef Heimbach, baptized in St. Anna's Church on April 5, 1786 , was left with the right to create a company under the favorable economic conditions of the French period, starting from the small beginnings of working from home in the “Zum Rad” house in Oberstrasse and later became a global company in the felt cloth industry. In 1811 he switched to the factory production of the cloth.

He later moved his factory to Wiesenau near Mariaweiler after leasing the Krutzmühle there in 1852. 1830 the first of the paper machine construction company was Bryan Donkin & Co. built paper machine installed in his factory, and there were the first Endlosfilze made.

Manufacturing was crowned by his son Ivo Heimbach, who joined the company in 1831. The company founded by Thomas Josef Heimbach became the cradle of German felt cloth manufacture .

Thomas Josef Heimbach has dedicated himself to urban politics since his son joined the company. From 1831 he was an associate mayor, and when on November 2, 1848 mayor Dr. Günther died, addressed the city council by Messrs. Virnich, Hoesch and Leopold Schoeller to him with the request to take over the office of mayor for the time being until the new municipal regulations come into force . His final appointment took place through his introduction as mayor on April 3, 1851 by the Aachen Higher Government Council Ritz. The term of office was very short. On March 29, 1853, temporal blessed him. He was buried on April 1, 1853 in the old cemetery on Kölnstrasse .

Thomas Josef Heimbach was a charitable and deeply religious person and was popular. From 1824 he was a member of the poor administration, later department head and finally its president. In 1830 he became a member of the Church Council of St. Anna, of which he was elected President in 1837. In his marriage to Maria Margareta Katharina Hagen, two old and respected Düren families were united. Of his 13 children, nine were still alive when he died.

His predecessor as mayor was Friedrich Günther , his successor was Peter Carl Brauweiler .

Web links and sources

  • Thomas Josef Heimbach on
  • The street names of Düren, Josef Geuenich
  • Villas and houses in old Düren, Wilhem Heinrichs
  • Timeline Düren, Hans. J. Domsta, Helmut Krebs, Anton Krobb,
  • Düren newspaper from 1953
  • Timeline 748-1948 Geuenich & Heinrich Meyn
  • Düren's Golden Years 1871–1914 Hahne & Schloemer Verlag p. 273

Individual evidence

  1. The house "Zum Rad" was on the western side of Oberstrasse in the middle between Annaplatz and Kämergasse