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 cam +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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