J Henry Herman
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/27/2010 at 14:19:10
J Henry Herman, cashier of the First National Bank of Boone, Iowa, has advanced by reason of individual merit and ability to his present position. He neglects no duty nor does he heedlessly pass by an opportunity for the development of the interests of the bank or city, and in the legitimate field of business he has won gratifying success. He was born in More, Wisconsin October 18, 1864, and is a son of John M and Ann (Spring) Herman. The father was a native of Hengstfedt, Wurtemberg, Germany, born on December 31, 1830, and came to this country in 1847. He was among the first settlers in Boone, Iowa arriving here August 16, 1866, and here he died January 15, 1898. The mother was a native of Thun, Switzerland, born may 21, 1838. She emigrated to America in the 50ís and afterward came to Boone, Iowa with her husband where she lived until her death, April 23, 1914.
Unto them were born six children: Emma living in this city, Julia who died in infancy. J Henry the subject o this sketch, Anna B who died in early womanhood, John F now cashier of the Security Savings Bank, and Otto C vice president of the same institution.
J Henry Herman was a little child when brought by his parents to Boone (then Montana) where he has spent partially all of his life. He was graduated for the public schools here, being the second boy to graduate from the high school, which was in 1883. Later he attended Elliottís Business College at Burlington, completing the course in 1884. He afterward spent a brief period in McPherson, Kansas, looking after some interests for his father, but returned to Boone to accept the position of bookkeeper in the First National Bank, which was being organized , going in on the opening day and remaining with the institution continuously since. He was promoted to assistant cashier in 1888, and in the organizers of the Security Savings Bank of this city as well as the city State Bank and the Ogden State Bank of Ogden, Iowa, in all of which institutions he still retains an interests.
Mr Herman is also interested in some local manufacturing concerns and always contributes to all good causes tending toward the growth of that city in whose future he has always been optimistic ad which is evidenced by his holdings of real estate and farm properties adjoining.
On March 14, 1899, Mr Herman was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Ursula Goeppinger, a native of Boone and a daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Goeppinger, who are also numbered among the earliest settlers of Boone. After spending their honeymoon in Europe they settled in Boone. To them were born five children: Paul H born November 26, 1900, Louise A September 20, 1902, John C July 10, 1904, Albert L March 7, 1906 and Helen Henrietta April 10, 1913.
In politics Mr Herman has never taken a very active part. Although twice elected as school treasurer, he has never been active in the sense of office seeking, voting for men and measures rather than for party. He holds membership in the Evangelical Lutheran church and is a director of the commercial Club. He is well known in financial and society circles and possesses many substantial qualities which have won him confidence, regard and good will in Boone and Boone county, where he has a very large acquaintance and where most of his life has been spent.
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