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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Frank Herbert.

Frank Herbert, senior member of the firm of Herbert & Pote, well known druggists of Bridgewater, has been actively engaged in business in that town for more than a quarter of a century and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of its foremost citizens.  His birth occurred in Henry county, Illinois, on the 4th of September, 1856, his parents being Thomas M. and Delia E. (Pinney) Herbert, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Ellenville, New York.  Their marriage was celebrated in Illinois, to which state the mother accompanied her parents when a maiden of sixteen or seventeen years.  Thomas M. Herbert was left an orphan at the age of about fourteen years and was thus early thrown upon his own resources.  In 1849 he joined the gold seekers in the overland rush to California and after his return began reading law under the preceptorship of the late Judge I. N. Preston of Iowa.  Subsequently he took up the practice of law in Henry county, Illinois, and in 1881 came to Adair county, Iowa, locating on a farm in Washington township, where he passed away in 1889 when in the seventy-first year of age.  His wife, long surviving him, was called to her final rest in January, 1907.  On her mother's side she was a granddaughter of a lieutenant in the Revolutionary war named Cornelius Baldwin.

Frank Herbert was reared to manhood under the parental roof and obtained his education in the city schools of Woodhull, Illinois.  He then took up the profession of teaching, acting as an instructor in the district schools for about twenty terms and proving an able educator, imparting clearly and readily to others the knowledge that he had acquired.  In 1887 he began the study of pharmacy in the drug store of Dr. E. W. Reagan, of Bridgewater, and in 1890 he passed the state board examination and was duly registered as a pharmacist.  The previous year he had purchased an interest in the drug store in which he had received his instruction and in 1894 became sole proprietor of the business.  In 1901 he admitted Guy J. Pote to a partnership, this relation having since been continued under the firm of Herbert & Pote.  They carry a large and carefully selected line of drugs and druggists' sundries and are accorded an extensive patronage in recognition of their progressive and reliable business methods.

Mr. Herbert is a stanch republican in his political views and has served as a member of the town council, making a creditable and commendable record in that connection.  He maintains pleasant fraternal relations through his membership in Bridgewater Lodge, No. 271, I. O. O. F., and Massena Lodge, A. F. & A. M.  Active and efficient in everything he undertakes, he has gained the confidence not only of his neighbors and friends but of a wide circle of acquaintances throughout the county.



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