Charles H. Herold, of Seneca, who is at present serving his third term as county attorney of Nemaha county, is not only one of the best known officials in that county, but is also one of the most popular. He was a lad of ten when he accompanied his parents, Andrew P. and Wilhelmina Herold, to a homestead, thirteen miles north of Seneca, in 1870. He has not only been a resident of the county for over forty years, but has been actively identified in public affairs and the progress of the county for thirty-five of those years.
Mr. Herold is a native of Iowa, where his parents were living at the time of his birth, in 1860, and is descended from sturdy German ancestors. His early education was obtained in the district schools and by diligent self-study, so that by the time he was sixteen years old, he had qualified himself for teaching. He taught for eight years during the winter months, and having decided on the profession of law as his life's occupation be began reading law during his vacations in the office of Judge Rufus M. Emery, completing his reading, however, in the offices of J. E. Taylor of Seneca. He was admitted to the bar on June 9, 1880, and at once began the practice of law meeting with success from the start. While yet in his teens he began to take an active part in politics, espousing the principles and policies of the Democratic party. In 1882 he was his party's candidate for clerk of the district court but was defeated owing to a combination formed against him. In 1885 he was appointed deputy county treasurer and served as such four years during which time he was also actively identified as part owner and manager of the "Courier-Democrat," the official Democratic paper of Nemaha county. He and his father purchased the "Seneca Courier," a very strong and influential Republican paper in 1885 and not only at once changed its politics to Democratic, but also its name to the "Courier Democrat," and for the next eighteen years the paper under their able management became widely known as one of the leading Democratic weeklies of the state. Andrew P. Herold had removed to Seneca in 1876, and gave the most of his time and attention to the paper during their ownership which lasted until 1903. He continued his residence in Seneca until his death in 1908. His widow still survives at an advanced age. On July 1, 1889, Charles H. Herold consummated the organization of the State Bank of Bern and became its cashier. This position he filled until 1895, when he disposed of his interest in the bank and returned to Seneca to give his attention to the "Courier-Democrat." In 1903 he disposed of the paper and has since given his whole attention to the practice of law. In 1885 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Lippold of Silver Creek, N. Y., and six children bless the union: Jennie, Julia, Mamie, Elsie, Andrew and Francis.
Mr. Herold was born and reared in the faith of the Catholic church and still holds membership in the mother of all Christian denominations. Being a man of fine physique and of a genial turn, he readily makes friends wherever known. He is prominent in the councils of his party and being in the prime of life and a good mixer it is predicted by his friends that he will yet achieve greater honors in the field of politics.Pages 838-839 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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