George W. Herring
George W. Herring, a prominent agriculturist of German
township, owns a well-improved farm of 80 acres, situated in section 19,
about a mile southwest of Elida. He was born November 4, 1869, in
German township on the old Herring homestead, three quarters of a mile
south of his present home. His parents, Penrose and Lydia (Hunsaker)
Herring, were both natives of Fairfield County, where they were engaged
in farming before coming to Allen County. The father, who was born
August 24, 1830, died November 5, 1893, and the mother on March 6, 1905;
both were laid to rest in Greenlawn Cemetery at Elida. Mr. Herring's
paternal grandfather was Philip Herring, who was born in Pennsylvania,
whence he came to Ohio, settling in Allen County as a pioneer.
George W. Herring was reared on the homestead farm and has given
the greater part of his life to farm work. He spent some time in
preparing himself for office work in Valentine Brother's School of
telegraphy and short-hand at Janesville, Wisconsin, but while he was yet
a student his father sickened and died and his presence was needed at
home and the business course was accordingly abandoned. His farm of 80
acres is one of he best kept and most profitable in German township.
There are 10 oil-wells in active operation, five of which are leased to
Mr. Whipple and five to W. L. Russell.
Mr. Herring was married April 13, 1899, to Callie F. Sawmiller,
daughter of John and Mary (Bower) Sawmiller, resident of Amanda
township. Mr. Herring has served on the School Board and is now a
member of the advisory board of German township. He is a Democrat in
politics, and in religion a member of the United Brethren Church, of
Allentown. He is a zealous worker in the church and is serving as
treasurer of the Sunday school.