Ancestor of Barbara Ingolia
S. A. HERRON - S. A. Herron is a young man successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits in Sangamon county. He was born in Calhoun county, Illinois, on the 6th of March, 1870, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Herron, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Illinois. The father obtained but a limited education and in Calhoun county, this state, he engaged in farming. He also rafted logs on the Mississippi river and through these means he gained a livelihood for his family. Unto him and his wife were born ten children as follows: Nancy, who became the wife of Mike Cushing, is now deceased, but her husband has married again and resides in Alton, Illinois; Scott married Allie Degerlia and is engaged in farming in Calhoun county; Tim and Tom were twins and the latter married Sarah Sugeorn, while the former is unmarried and lives with our subject; S. A. is the next of the family; Phoebia L. is the wife of W. H. Cockrell, a resident farmer of Auburn township; Albert is a member of the regular army of the United States, and is now in Manila; Fulton, the next in the family, died at the age of twenty-three years; John married Ruth Bland and is an engineer in Auburn; Sylvester is farming in Auburn township on the home farm and completes the family.
S. A. Herron obtained a common-school education near his father's home and assisted in the operation of the home farm until seventeen years of age. He then began work as a farm hand in the neighborhood, being employed in that way for two years in Calhoun county and for ten years in Greene county, Illinois. After his marriage he came to Sangamon county and rented land until the spring of 1902, when he came into possession of one hundred and sixty acres which he now owns and operates. This is situated in Auburn township and is a productive tract which he cultivates with success.
On the 8th of February, 1898, Mr. Herron was united in marriage to Miss Ollie Lanham, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Azell) Lanham, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Jersey county, Illinois. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Herron have been born three children: Goldie Irene, born December 10, 1898; Gladys Pearl, born on the 15th of October, 1901; and Mary Elizabeth, born May 6, 1904. Mrs. Herron is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Herron belongs to Auburn Camp No. 119, M. W. A., and the Court of Honor No. 1. In politics he is a Democrat and for the past three years he has served as school director of his district, but otherwise has never filled office nor desired political preferment. He has given his attention instead to his business affairs and now has a good home and valuable property which, owing to his careful cultivation, is bringing to him a good return.