Biography of Philip Herlan



Allegan County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

Among the emigrants from Baden, Germany, to the hospitable shores of America was Mrs. __ Herlan, with a family of three children, who arrived in 1832, and at once repaired to Erie Co., N. Y., where she purchased a small tract of land. Philip was the sixth child in order of birth, and a mere lad on his arrival. Being well advanced in years, the mother deeded her property to the elder son, leaving the remaining two without an inheritance. Endowed, however, with good health and a determination to succeed, Philip, at the age of fourteen, left the home, and barefooted pursued his way in search of employment. He reached Jonesville, Cattaraugus Co., where he remained three years, and then returned to his former residence. In 1838 he purchased sixty acres of timbered land and built a house, to which his mother soon repaired as the presiding genius of the fhmily circle. In January, 1842, he was married to Miss Margaret. Zapp, a lady also of German extraction. In 1S44 he removed to Calhoun Co., Mich., and later to Kalamazoo County, where he engaged with D. S. Walbridge in a fiouring-mill. This employment was followed until 1857, when he removed to Hopkins upon three hundred and twenty acres of land previously purchased. In this wilderness he erected a log cabin and began the work of clearing.

Mrs. Herlan died June 12, 1870, leaving a family of five children. Their family circle formerly embraced seven children,-two having died-their names and births as follows: George L., born May 28, 1845; Mary C., born Feb. 8, 1847; Alvina C., who died May 4, 1874, having been born April 8, 1848; David P., born Oct. 5, 1851 John F., whose birth occurred Nov. 28, 1852, and his deaths Oct. 14, 1875. Mr. Herlan in August, 1871, married Miss Mary Moge, of Allegan, also a native of Germany, from whence she emigrated in 1870 to the United States.

At the present time his elder children are all living, and comfortably established in homes of their own given by a generous parent. Mr. and Mrs. Harlan have one daughter, Mena B., born April 25, 1874.

Mr. Herlan enjoys the reputation of being an excellent farmer and a man of uniform integrity of character.

History of Allegan and Berry Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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