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Herman, Ralph J. 1860 - 1933


Posted By: Doris Hoffman, Volunteer (email)
Date: 11/8/2010 at 22:42:33

R. J, Herman, for more than thirty years a resident of this city and community, died at his home in this city about 6 o'clock this morning, He was taken ill last Friday night with influenza which was followed by pneumonia. He had been in good health until his fatal illness.

Ralph J, Herman was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dec. 12, 1860, and passed away in Hawarden Feb. 23, 1933, at the age of 72 years, 2 months and 11
days. He spent his boyhood in Pittsburgh and then moved with his parents to New Jersey where he resided for about three years.

When he was 20 years old he accompanied his parents to Plymouth county, locating on a farm near Le Mars, where he remained for a number of years.

Later he went to Parkston, S. D,, where he was united an marriage with Miss Fannie Nelson on June 24, 1892, They remained at Parkston one year after their marriage and then located on a homestead near Chamberlain, S. D., where they remained for three years. Driven from their homestead by severe drought conditions, they returned and located on a farm near Hudson where they remained for five years. They then went back to Plymouth County for a brief time and then about thirty years ago moved onto the farm now owned by Mrs. Martin Treiber, three miles north of town, where they remained for three years. They then moved to Hawarden and have made their home in this city continuously since that time During his residence in Hawarden Mr. Herman was engaged in the draying and Heavy hauling business until retiring about a year ago.

Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman) one of whom died at the age of 2 years. The surviving children are Chas. Herman of Chamberlain, S. D.; Jas. Herman of Sioux City; Mrs. Dolly Whiting of Westfleld, Iowa; Mrs. Edith Hunt of Red Oak, Iowa, and Delbert at home. Besides his widow and children he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Annie E. Baum of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Mrs. Sarah Bristow of Sioux City.

Mr. Herman was a hard worker throughout his entire life, strictly honorable in every transaction and leaves a host of friends who will extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family in their great loss.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

The Hawarden Independent
Thursday, February 23, 1933
Hawarden, Iowa


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