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John D. Hering

HERING, John D., a well and favorably known farmer in Section 32, Walnut Grove Township, McDonough County, Ill., is a native of that county, having been born in the township where he now resides, May 11, 1851, a son of E. D. and Martha (Booth) Hering, natives of Pennsylvania and New 'York, respectively. E. D. Hering was also a farmer by occupation, and followed that pursuit during his whole life, with successful results. The subject of this sketch availed himself, in early youth, of the advantages afforded by the district schools in the vicinity of his home, and after finishing his schooling was employed on a farm for some time, working by the month. He then applied himself to farming on his own responsibility, on the Austine place, in Walnut Grove Township for five years. In 1884 he purchased from David Brockway, eighty acres in Section 32, Walnut Grove Township, which he improved and on which he has since made his home. Subsequently, he bought eighty acres of J. Detrick, in the same section, also eighty acres in 1896 of the J. Detrick estate, situated in Section 28. In addition to general farming, Mr. Hering devotes considerable attention to raising and feeding stock.

On October 17, 1875, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage, in Walnut Grove Township, with Frances L. Detrick, who was born in the State of Virginia and came to McDonough County in 1866. Six children have been the result of this union, as follows: Josephine (Mrs. Brinkley); Cephas, who is engaged in farming in Walnut Grove Township; Sadie (Mrs. Chipman); Ollie (Mrs. McKay); Charles, who is at home with his parents, and Earl, deceased. In politics, Mr. Hering is a supporter of the Democratic party, and has rendered good service to the people of his township in the office of School Director. He is a careful, energetic and methodical farmer, and a public-spirited citizen, taking an intelligent and earnest interest in the welfare of the community.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 906, extracted 09 Mar 2019 by Norma Hass.

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