Fred E. Herold

Fred E. Herold was born in Lima, Ohio, July 3, 1859,
was here reared and educated and here has for several years occupied a
prominent place among the leading business men. His father, M. Herold,
located Lima in 1853 and opened the first brick-yard conducted in the
village. He was also engaged in the grocery business, having at the
time of his death in 1870 one of the largest grocery stores in Lima. He
was a public-spirited, whole-souled man and was ever found at the front
in all movements which would promote the general welfare of the people
of the community.
Fred E. Herold left school at an early age to begin the actual
battle of life, securing work as a delivery boy in the store of James
Langan. After being in this place a few months, he had the misfortune
to be thrown from his wagon and have his leg broken, which necessitated
an enforced retirement for a short time. When he was able to get around
once more, he entered the Lima Business College for the winter, when
spring came, he obtained a situation in the dry goods store of Holmes &
Brown, with whom he remained eight years. While here he had the
satisfaction of washing the first plate-glass window used in Lima. In
1882 he opened a grocery store which he conducted until 1894, at the
same time running a restaurant in connection with it. Mr. Herold has
engaged largely in outside enterprises, and these have encroached so
closely upon his time that he found it necessary to retire from the
grocery and restaurant business in order to give attention demanded by
his other interests. In addition to extensive real estate holdings in
Lima, Mr. Herold is vice-president of the McKibben Gas Engine Company;
and is a stockholder of The Crystal Ice & Coal Company and The Lima
Telephone & Telegraph Company.
In 1881 Mr. Herold was married to Lizzie Meyer, daughter of John
Meyer, a druggist of Lima, now deceased. To this union one child,
Minnie, was born. Mr. Herold is a member of the German Reformed Church
and is also a prominent member of Lima Lodge of Elks, of which he is
trustee.