John Herman
January 12, 1842 - August 10, 1919

John Herman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 12, 1842.  His parents were John and Anna Herman, both natives of Hesse-Darmstadt Germany who came to the United States at an early date and settled in Indianapolis.  They had ten children in all.

When John was 12 years old, the family moved to Sheboygan county, in Wisconsin, and settled on a farm.  He attended public schools in Sheboygan county, and then helped with the family farm, and occasionally did carpenter work.  On the 21st of August, 1862, he enlisted in the Wisconsin volunteer infantry, one day after his brother Valentine. Company rolls show that John enlisted in Company 'E' of the 27th Infantry in August of 1864 for service during the Civil War.

While he was in the army, John married Caroline Foemmel.  She was born in 1846 in Germany.  Some records indicate that he married Caroline in August of 1864, although Sheboygan County marriage records show his date of marriage as September 1, 1864.  During his service in the infantry, John took part in several engagements in Alabama and was present at the capture of Fort Brickley in the spring of 1865.  He was mustered out with honorable discharge on July 14, 1865.

Upon returning to Sheboygan, John rented 40 acres of farm land and built a log cabin.  In 1888 he tore down the cabin which was his original home and built a new house upon the same site.  During his years on the farm, John improved and cultivated the land, made many additions to his barns and outbuildings, and erected sheds for his grain and livestock.  He also installed modern and up-to-date farm machinery.  He was a practical agriculturist, and keenly interested in anything which tended to put the occupation of farming on a more scientific basis.

He and Caroline had 12 children in the years between 1866 and 1885.  In 1891, Caroline's health failed, and after a twelve year illness, she died January 5, 1904.  According to her death certificate, she was an inmate of an asylum for the insane when she died.  John was forced to give up his personal management of his farm when his wife became ill.  In 1897, he rented his farm, and later, in 1904, sold it to his son Valentine.  He then went to Sheboygan Falls and lived with his brother-in-law Charles Kerskamp.  As of 1912, John was an active member of the Sheboygan Post, No. 12, G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic), having joined Post #12 in April of 1898 (see picture).

During his life, John also served a term as road master of Sheboygan Township.  He was a staunch Republican, and a member of the German Reformed Church. He died August 10, 1919 in Sheboygan Falls, and is buried at Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan, WI.


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