William Bela Herrick

1859–1937 (Age 78)
Patriot, Posey Township, Switzerland, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Bela

When William Bela Herrick was born in March 1859, in Patriot, Posey Township, Switzerland, Indiana, United States, his father, Selictor James Herrick, was 36 and his mother, Sarah Ann Lacock, was 24. He married Katherine "Kate" Tucker about 1885, in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Harris, Osceola, Iowa, United States in 1910 and Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 3 October 1937, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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William Bela Herrick
Katherine "Kate" Tucker
Marriage: about 1885
Glenn Howard Herrick
Colonel Charles C Herrick
William Bela Herrick Jr
Jeanette Herrick

Spouse and Children

about 1885
Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 8

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 22

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the Old Norse personal name Eiríkr, composed of the elements eir ‘mercy’, ‘peace’ + rík ‘power’. The addition in English of an inorganic H- to names beginning with a vowel is a relatively common phenomenon. It is possible that this name may have swallowed up a less common Germanic personal name with the first element heri, hari ‘army’.2 Dutch: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements heri, hari ‘army’ + rīc ‘power’, or from an assimilated form of Henrick, a Dutch form of Henry .3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEirc ‘descendant of Erc’, a personal name meaning ‘speckled’, ‘dark red’, or ‘salmon’. There was a saint of this name. The surname is born by families in Munster and Ulster, where it has usually been changed to Harkin .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Hearick in household of S J Hearick, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William B Herrick, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William B Herrick, "United States Census, 1910"

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