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Title: Herman Nehrig
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It is doubtful if any people that go to make up our cosmopolitan population have better habits of life than those who came originally from the great for their thrift and honesty, and these two qualities in the inhabitants of any country will eventually make that country great among the nations of the earth. When with these two qualities are coupled the other attributes of common sense and correct habits, as most all German descendants seem to possess, there are afforded such qualities as will enrich any land and place it in the front rank of the nations of the earth in the scale of elevated humanity. Of this excellent people came the Nehrig family, one of the best known of Warren county, and of whom Herman Nehrig, the well-known blacksmith and hardware merchant of Williamsport, is a worthy representative. He has been a diligent worker in his chosen field of endeavor and has been rewarded with gratifying success, and, having minded well his own affairs and kept the even tneor of his way through the years, he has earned the good will and esteem of his neighbors and acquaintances.

Herman Nehrig was born on June 4, 1870, in Lafayette, Indiana, and is the son of Eli and Christina (Smith) Nehrig. Eli Nehrig was born in Germany, where he received his education and was reared to the age of eighteen years. At the age mentioned he came to the United States, having a desire to better his condition and having heard much of the splended opportunities afforded in this country. A brother living in Lafayette, Indiana, induced him to locate there, where for a time he was employed as a butcher. Subsequently, under the tutelage of his uncle he became a tilor and worked at that trade up to the time of his death. He was the father of fourteen children, five of whom are dead, the subject of this sketch being the fourth in order of birth. Most of the surviving members of this family now live in Lafayette.

Herman Nehrig secured a good education in the schools of Lafayette and remained there until in August, 1894, when he came to Williamsport and started out on his own account. He started in business on a small scale and by carefully watching all details and husbanding his resources he soon found himself in a healthy financial condition. His business habits had won for him a good credit, one of the biggest assets a young man can possess, and this he has never abused. He had learned the trade of a blacksmith while living in Lafayette and here he opened a shop, where he was soon in command of his full share of the public patronage. He is an expert horeshoer and also carries a good hardware stock, in all of which lines he is successful. He has been rewarded with prosperity and besides his business in town, he owns forty-three acres of splendid farm land, which has been a source of considerable income.

On September 18, 1895, Mr. Nehrig was married to Ina Prather, the daughter of Jerry and Anna (Slifer) Prather, the father having been a successful farmer in this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Nehrig have been born four children, Loris, Arol, Keith and Mary M.

Fraternally, Mr. Nehrig is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while religiously, the family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Nehrig's popularity is tegrity, unabating energy and industry that never flags.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001147
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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