Biography of Louie J. Herres

Louie J. Herres is one of the younger business men of Peck, being now proprietor of a first class drug store there and well known for his enterprise, integrity, and commendable business qualities of worth and wisdom.

Louie J. Herres was born in Westphalia, Clinton County, Michigan, on May 3, 1877, being the son of Dr. Simon and Emily (Amen) Herres. His father was born in Phillipsburg, Canada, graduated from Ann Arbor and was a practicing physician of note, being a leading contributor to many medical journals. He died in 1885. The mother of our subject was born in Brooklyn, New York, and died in 1880.

Our subject being thus bereft of his parents when he was voting was taken to raise by his grandfather, at St. Agatha, Canada. He received the beginning of his education there and remained with his grandparents until twelve years of age. He then went to Detroit, Michigan, and entered the employ of J. P. Rheinfrank, a leading druggist of that place. For two years he steadily followed the business and then went home on account of sickness. Soon, however, we find him working for F. H. McCallum, a druggist in New Hamburg, Canada. Later he was with the King Street Drug Company, of Toronto, and then a move was made to Moscow, where he entered the employ of T. G. Reece, then worked for R. Hodgins. After the consolidation of these firms he worked for the company until the opening of the reservation, and in July, 1896, he secured a quarter section of land adjoining the town of Peck. This was a new field and he devoted his energies for a time to the opening up of the ranch and its cultivation. On May 10, 1901, Mr. Herres embarked on the commercial sea for himself and opened the drug store in Peck, where he is now doing a good business with a constantly increasing patronage.

On October 17, 1900, Mr. Herres married Miss Lulu, daughter of Thomas and May (Hall) Kirby, the nuptials occurring at Lewiston. Mr. Kirby is postmaster, real estate dealer and notary public in Peck, and was born in Canada in 1850, while his wife was born in Toronto, Canada. Mrs. Herres is a native of Howard, Kansas, born in 1S73. She has one brother, Rollie C. a furniture dealer in Peck. Mr. Herres has one sister, Clara Groom, in London, Canada. In political matters, our subject is a Democrat and is always a leader for better educational facilities and general progress.

He is a vice-grand of Peck Lodge No. 97, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Herres is a self-made man in every particular, and as Mark Twain remarks, “He did not stop until the job was well done.” He is one of the progressive and substantial young men of the County and is highly respected.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903

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