- Heil served in a variety of public capacities including as a longtime member of the Orange County Water District's Board of Directors, beginning in the late 1930s.
- The most likely reason to name the street Heil? Simply because it ran past his property.
- The birth dates given for Robert and William Heil were approximations.
- I'm not a "history buff," I'm a local historian, thankyouverymuch.
This would also be a good opportunity to mention Frank J. Heil, who I think was Vernon's uncle. Frank was a brick mason from Gospel Swamp who ran unsuccessfully for the office of County Assessor in 1894. In fact, he finished last in the race, behind candidates Jacob Ross Jr. and David F. Greenleaf, and far behind the winner, incumbent Frank Vegely.
However, the three losers in that long-forgotten election each have a modern Orange County street bearing their name: Ross and Greenleaf Streets in Santa Ana, and Heil Ave in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley.