Early Evansville Portraits And Biographies
From History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
by Brant & Fuller
1889

L. S. Herr

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L. S. HERR, A.B., M.D., was born in Ashland County, Ohio, February 3, 1828. His father was John Herr, a native of Virginia, and a descendant of the Herrs who emigrated from Holland and settled in Virginia about the year 1700. From Virginia John Herr removed to Harrisburgh, Penn., thence to Ohio, and settled in Ashland County in 1827. He and his wife were killed by accident in 1829, by the falling of a tree, while on a visit to Pennsylvania.

Being thus bereft of his parents while a child, an elder brother took charge of L. S., and gave him a good common school education. He was an apt scholar, and made rapid progress. Before his seventeenth year he had taught two terms in the public schools. He continued his studies while engaged as a teacher, and entering Wooster College, Ohio, graduated therefrom in 1848.

Being then twenty years of age, he decided to take up the study of medicine, and make the practice of that profession his life's work. He began his studies with Dr. T. W. Sampsel, of Ashland, Ohio, and then attended a full course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College, matriculating in the winter of 1851-2. In 1854, he entered the Eclectic Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from that institution in the following year.

Locating at Peoria, Ill., he began the discharge of his professional duties, and soon thereafter found himself in the possession of an extensive practice. After three years he removed to the city of Mexico, and there successfully engaged in the work of his profession. Returning to the United States at the end of three years, he located in St. Louis, Mo., and in 1860 removed thence to Quincy, Ill.

Up to 1862 he practiced allopathic methods, but in that year he embraced the homeopathic system of practice, and has since been a prominent advocate of that school. In 1863 he removed to Evansville, where he has since resided, successfully practicing his profession. During his residence here of a quarter of a century he has thoroughly established himself in public favor as a physician and citizen.

Progressive and active, he has kept abreast of the times, and has always favored efforts intended to advance the general prosperity of the city. When he came here homeopathy was still struggling against strong prejudices, which, by his skill and ability, he did much to overcome. He is now, and for many years has been, one of the leading homeopathic physicians in this part of the state. He is a member of the Indiana State Homeopathic Medical Association.

In ##1858 Dr. Herr was married to Miss Sophia, daughter of Dr. Christian Fetter, a distinguished physician of Baltimore, Md. Mrs. Herr was born in Pennsylvania in 1834. To this union one son was born, in 1859, who died in infancy, living but nine months.