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John F Herman


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:20:32

John F Herman, The prosperity of any community, town or city depends upon its commercial activity, its industrial interests and its trade relations, and there fore the real upbuilders of a town are those who stand at the head of the leading enterprises. Mr Herman of this review, is closely associated with the shoe trade as a member of the firm of Canier Brothers & Herman of Boone. He was born in this city March 27, 1868, his parents being John M and Anna (Spring) Herman. The father was a native of Germany born in 1829, while his motherís birth occurred in Switzerland in 1838. It was in the year 1846 that John M Herman came to the new world, taking up his abode in Wisconsin. In 1860 he was joined in wedlock to Anna Spring. They became the parents of five children: Emma a resident of Boone, J Henry who is in the First National Bank of this city, Anna now deceased, John F of his review and O C who is in the real estate business in Boone. The year 1866 witnessed the arrival of the family in Iowa, and here Mr Herman established a brewery, which he conducted successfully until 1884, his last years however being spent in retirement from business cases, he died January 15, 1898.
Mr Herman whose name introduces this record, was born in Boone, attended the public schools of the city and supplemented his early educational privileges by study in the Iowa State College at Ames. Entering upon his business career, he secured a position in the First national Bank as bookkeeper and also spent about one year as deputy in the post office. IN 1888 he engaged in the shoe business with Canier Brothers, and this relation has since been maintained, the firm being recognized leasers in this line in Boone. They carry the largest stock of shoes in this part of the state and their business is very extensive and constantly increasing. Mr Herman is also associated with other important enterprises of the city, being a stockholder in the First National Bank and also in the Security Savings Bank. Of the former he is likewise a director, also stockholder in Boone County Telephone and the Boone Brick, Tile, and Paving Company.
On November 4, 1896, in Kansas City, Mr Herman married Katherine Hungerford, of Burlington, Vermont, who was born August 23, 1871, her parents being the Rev. Edward hunger ford and wife, the former a native of England an the latter of the Green Mountain state. Mrs Herman was one of four children, namely Caroline, the wife of Silas A Mills, Charlotte the wife of William H Zantzinger, Frank and Katherine. Unto Mr and Mrs Herman have been born tow children: Dorothy H whose birth occurred January 8, 1898, and Edward born June 3, 1900. The family attend the Presbyterian church and Mr Herman is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

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