Biography of Charles H. Herring

CHARLES H. HERRING. The career of Charles H. Herring, of Elwood, furnishes an example of the truth of the fact that industry, perseverance and well-directed energy invariably lead to success, Content to start business life in a humble capacity, and to work his way upward through merit, he finds himself today in an enviable position among the business men of this city, and his establishment, at No, 1528 Main street, where he carries a full line of general house furnishings, receives its full share of patronage, Mr. Herring was born at New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, June 8. 1857, and is a son of John and Martha A. (Royse) Herring.

The Herring family originated in Germany, from whence the progenitor of the name came to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania, where the paternal grandparents of Charles H. Herring spent their lives. The maternal grandfather, Henry II, Royse was a native of Indiana. and lived at New Albany, where for years he was engaged in a tinware and hardware business, He died at that place in his sixty- sixth year, the father of these children: John, William, James T., Martha A., Louise, Mary and Roxanna, John Herring, the father of Charles H. Herring, was born at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and was there educated in the public schools and reared to manhood, learning the trade of tailor, As a journeyman, he removed to New Albany, Indiana, at an early date, and subsequently removed to Illinois, about 1858, where his death occurred, Later she married again, her second husband being James M. Moreland, of Rockville, and they had two children: James W. and Chauncey R. Mr. and Mrs. Herring were faithful members of the Presbyterian church, Charles H. Herring was their only child.

Charles H. Herring resided in New Albany. Indiana, until he was seven years of age, at which time he moved with the family to Rockville, and there attended the public) schools, On reaching the age of twenty years, he went to Indianapolis, where he secured employment in a furniture store, with which he was connected for some twenty years, becoming thoroughly familiar with every detail of the business, He subsequently came to Elwood, where he opened a house furnishing store for J. T. Royse, an establishment which he managed for five years, and then bought an interest in the business, Four years later he disposed of this interest to Mr. Royse, and with his brother, Chauncey R. Morlan, formed a partnership and opened a similar establishment, This association continued for three years and ten months, when Mr. Herring bought out Mr. Morlan’s interest, and since that time has successfully conducted the business alone, Mr. Herring’s business operations have ever been honorable and straightforward, and his close application, perseverance and unabating energy have enabled him to work his way steadily upward to a place of affluence, He is loyal as a citizen, faithful in his friendships, and enjoys the warm regard of all with whom he has been brought into contact.

On December 23, 1886, Mr. Herring was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary A. Sullivan, widow of William Sullivan, and daughter of Valentine and Martha (Adams) Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. Herring have had no children, but by her former marriage, Mrs. Herring had a daughter, Nellie Sullivan, who married Joseph Mahoney, and had two children,-Paul, and one who died at birth, Mrs. Herring is a consistent member of the Christian church, where she has many friends, Her husband belongs to Quincy Lodge No. 230, F. & A. M., and Elwood Chapter No. 109, R. A. M., and Anderson Council No, 69, R. & S. M.; to Elwood Lodge No, 368, B. P. 0, E., and to Seneca Tribe No, 113, I. 0, R. M. His political views make him a Republican, and he has been stanch in his support of the principles and candidates of his party, although he has never desired personal preferment, The pleasant family home is situated at No. 2528 South A street.



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