Putnam County

RICHARD HERRICK, M. D.

a successful physician and surgeon of Florid, was born near Granville, in Putnam county, February 28, 1865, and is a son of James and Ada (Smith) Herrick, both natives of Leicestershire, England. As young people they came from their native land to Putnam county, where they were married. By trade the father is a shoemaker, but since locating in Illinois has turned his attention to farming. The parents are both still living and make their home at Wyanet, Bureau county, where they removed after a ten years' residence in Putnam county, when our subject was but one year old.

The doctor remained at home until eighteen years of age, during which time he attended the Sheffield high school, and then took a three years' elective course at Wheaton college. Subsequently for the same length of time he taught school in Bureau county, the last year being employed in the Wyanet schools. While there engaged in teaching he began reading medicine in the office of Dr. Shoemaker, and later entered the Eclectic Medical college of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he graduated in the class of 1891.

Dr. Herrick immediately began the practice of his chosen profession at Murrayville, near Jacksonville, Illinois, becoming the successor of Dr. A. M. Cline, the former preceptor of Dr. Shoemaker. In the spring of 1893, however, he located at Florid, succeeding Dr. J. A. Swem, now of Henry, and is now at the head of a large general practice, many of his patrons being old friends of his parents. He gives his entire attention to his practice, and is on the most friendly relations with the physicians of the other schools of medicine.

On the 3d of September, 1891, at Wyanet, Illinois, was consummated the marriage of Dr. Herrick and Miss Jessica J. Mosher, a native of Wyanet township, Bureau county, and a daughter of Elijah Mosher, a prominent man and politician of Wyanet. She was educated in special work at Jennings seminary at Aurora, graduating in 1887, and is quite an artist, making a specialty of pencil and crayon work. Two children grace this union — Lucile G. and Ada Ruth Etadarppa.

The doctor and his wife are earnest members of the Presbyterian church, in which he serves as elder, and also takes a prominent part in the work of the Sunday school. Although he usually supports the candidates of the republican party, he is not now bound by party ties, voting for the man whom he thinks best qualified for the office. He finds his chief source of recreation in hunting, being a great lover of that sport.

Source: The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois  published in 1896, page 166.


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