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,
Mr. and Mrs. Herman are members of the Lutheran
church and are substantial people.