“Rev. George W. Heer, pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic
parish, Dubuque, since 1905, is one of the best and most widely
known clergymen, personally, in Dubuque county. He is a native
of the Prussian Province of Westphalia, Germany, his birth occurring April 25, 1849, and a son of Lawrence and Theresa Heer,
who came to America in 1855 and died at Fort Madison, Iowa,
where both are buried. When but six years old, Father Heer came
to this country with his parents. He received his literary education
at the Quincy (Illinois) College, and his theological training at St.
Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, where, on March 16, 1872, he was
ordained to the priesthood; succeeding which, he
was stationed at Keokuk, Richmond, Centralia, Worthington,
Dyersville and Dubuque, but it was in this county that he became
most widely known. Through his instrumentality the church and
school at Worthington were built; at Dyersville he remodeled the
church, established a high school and founded an academy for girls.
His activities did not cease upon his removal to Dubuque. He has
established St. Mary’s high school in connection with his parish,
and in many other ways has become a power in religious circles.
Father Heer is loved and honored for his many sterling qualities of
mind and heart.”