Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     WILLIAM L. HERMAN is a respected citizen of Lincoln county residing about three miles northwest from Edwall.  He owns a half section of land which is devoted to wheat raising and is supplied with comfortable buildings and other improvements.  He is a man of excellent standing and sound principles and was born in Stevens county, Illinois, on September 25, 1851.  His father, John S. Herman, was born in Pennsylvania and came to Stevens county, Illinois, and finally in the fall of 1869, came by wagon to California, whence he journeyed to Walla Walla where he is now residing.  His wife, Anna M. (Lantzer) Herman, was also a native of Pennsylvania and is now living in Walla Walla.  Our subject was educated in the common schools of Illinois and has studied since in the various places where he has resided in the west.  He came with his parents on their early trip across the plains and labored with his father, who was in the coal business.  Later, he was employed in sawmilling in the Willamette valley.  From that place, he journeyed to Walla Walla and took land where he remained until 1880 in which year he located on his present place.
     The marriage of Mr. Herman and Miss Rebecca Fletcher, a native of Brown county, Minnesota, occurred in Walla Walla county on Christmas, 1878.  To them have been born ten children, five of whom are living, named as follows: Jane, Thomas W., David,  Ethel, and Maggie.
     Mr. and Mrs. Herman are members of the Lutheran church and are substantial people.