Martha Jane Herron
MARTHA J. HERRON
Washburn, Illinois December 23, 1940
Martha Jane Wilkey was born February 11, 1870 in Hamilton County,
Illinois, one of ten children of James A. J. and Ruth Cates Wilkey.
Of this large family only two survive, Mrs. Ellen Bond of Delafield,
Illinois and Marshall Wilkey of Decatur,Illinois.
On March 20, 1890, Martha Wilkey became the wife of Charles Wesley
Herron, and for twenty-four years they continued to reside in that
part of the state, ( Jefferson Co. ), until better opportunities for
their growing children invited them to this vicinity where, for
another quarter of a century, twenty-six years to be exact, they have
made their home, making fifty years, lacking only nine days of their
Golden Wedding Day when Mr. Herron slipped away to the Eternal Home
on March 11,1940.
As the years went by with toil and cares and hopes, a large family
came to the worthy couple, ten children, of whom seven remain; William,
Morley, Mrs. Luella Arends, Walter, Ransom, Harley and Raymond, all of
Washburn, except Mrs. Arends of El Paso, Harley of LaRose, and Raymond
of Geneseo. Two daughters passed away in early childhood; Viola, at
six, and Nannie May, in infancy. The second son, Charles Homer, laid
down his life in France in his country's service on the day the
Armistice of war was declared, November 11, 1918. There are also twelve
grandchildren, belonging in almost equal numbers to the seven living
children of the parents now united on the farther shore.
Mrs. Herron was the only Gold Star Mother of the American Legion
Auxiliary of Washburn. Her costly sacrifice was borne with fortitude
worthy and generally to be found in mothers of large families, worthy
of the Spartan mothers of old, worthy of the stalwart sons and loyal
daughters whom she has left to carry on in her place.
(Charles and Martha Herron during their twenty-four years in Jefferson
County lived in the Dix, Illinois area and that is where there children
were born and schooled. )
Submitted By: David Herron
great-grandson of Martha J. Herron