Henry J. Herrick, whose long and active career
as a farmer, lawyer and banker has made him widely
and favorably known in Northeast Indiana and in
other states, came to DeKalb County when an infant more than eighty years ago, and his father
at one time was one of the largest land owners
in that county.
Mr. Herrick, whose present home is on his farm
of 118 acres in Concord Township, a mile south of
Newville, was born at Norwalk. Ohio, August 9,
1835, a son of Lot and Lola (Sutliff) Herrick. His
father was born in Herkimer County, New York,
and his mother in Connecticut. The parents were
married in Ohio. Lola Sutliff was an Ohio teacher,
and under her supervision Lot Herrick learned to
read and write. In 1836 the Herrick family came
to Indiana and settled on the banks of the St.
Joseph River, about twenty-six miles northeast of
Fort Wayne. Lot Herrick acquired extensive tracts
of land in and around that locality and he and his
wife spent the rest of their days as farmers. They
were members of the Presbyterian Church and he
entered politics as a whig voter but subsequently
was a democrat. He was elected probate judge of
DeKalb County in early days. There were eight
children in the Lot Herrick family, Henry J. being
the only one now living.
Mr. Herrick was a year old when his parents
+e to DeKalb County, He secured his early
training in a log school house, but made good use
of his opportunities and for about eight years was
a successful teacher. He entered the law department
of the University of Michigan and was a member
of the first graduating class in 1862, when he received the LL. B. degree. For one year he practiced in DeKalb County and in 1863, during Civil
war times, he moved to Northwestern Missouri,
practiced at Princeton until he went into the Union
army and served as assistant adjutant general under
General Pratt. He was in the army until June 15,
1866, After that Mr, Herrick practiced at Trenton, Missouri, and finally moved to the southern
part of that state. He was a Missouri lawyer for
thirty years, and while living at Trenton held the
office of prosecuting attorney for several years.
Mr. Herrick married Sarah Fusselman, a native
of DeKalb County. She died while they were residents of Missouri, and her only child died at the
age of nine years.
Mr. Herrick was active in the banking business
for about seven years. After the death of his wife
he came to DeKalb County and lived with his sister
Electa, who has long since passed away. For many
years he was a deacon of the Christian Church and
in politics a republican.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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