In the death of Wilber A. Herrick, who died suddenly in Windsor, Wednesday, April 14, Windsor County loses another from among her fast declining ranks of those men of '61 who fought to preserve the Union.
Wilber Able Herrick was born in Windsor in what is now a part of the town of West Windsor, June 27, 1842. He was the fourth child and second son of Samuel Leonard and Rosanna (Burnham) Herrick. He was the descendant of a long line of old pioneer ancestors.
He enlisted in the service August 19, 1862 and was mustered in October 4, being placed in Company A of the 12th Vermont Infantry. Nearly all of the men in this company were from West Windsor and had formerly been the West Windsor Guards. They went to camp at Brattleboro, September 25. Their duties were largely confined to picket duty at Washington and later in Virginia. He was mustered out of the service the following July.
On November 29, 1867, he was united in marriage to Florence Julia, daughter of William and Rebecca (Moody) Weeden. To this union were born Eva Belle Herrick Nevers and Frank Clinton Herrick, both now of Claremont, N. H.
On January 8, 1887 he married Emma M. Turner, the daughter of Joel Turner of Waukegan, Ill. To them were born Edith, wife of Arthur Jarvis of Weathersfield, Vt., Dean of Providence, R. I., and twins, Bertha, wife of Lawrence Nicholson of Framingham, Mass., and Leonard, who died in infancy.
He was for many years a harness maker and later he was a familiar figure with his meat cart on the roads of his native and surrounding towns. For several years he was meat chef at the M. E. Camp Ground at Claremont Junction, N.H. He was also employed for some time as a machinist at Windsor. In later years he carried on his occupation of farmer.
He was a member of the G. A. R. of Windsor.
The funeral, which was well attended by friends and relatives was held at his late home in West Windsor Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The funeral service and eulogy were spoken by the Rev. E. L. M. Barnes of the Brownsville M. E. church. The flag draped coffin and the many beautiful floral pieces bore silent testimony of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held by all who knew him. THe burial was in the family lot in the Brownsville cemetery. The bearers were Frank O. Herrick, Dean L. Herrick, Carl Herrick, Arthur Jarvis, Leon E Nevers and Cedric Herrick.
Beside his wife and five children he is survived by a sister Mrs. Harriet Anthony of Woodstock, Vt., and 14 grandchildren.
(Obituary as printed in the Vermont Journal, April 23, 1926)
"Aged Visitor Died in Street"
Wilbur A. Herrick of West Windsor
Passes on While in this Village
(Wednesday; Vermont Journal, Friday, April 16, 1926)
"A feeble old man was struggling along Main Street Wednesday. He stopped at intervals to rest and those who saw him wondered what impeded him in his walk. Laying it to the infirmities of age they thought little of it and the old man went on his way.
He finally stopped in front of the Stone, Tracy store, sat down in the doorway and in a short time he was seen to fall over. Clerks in this store rushed out to see what had happened and found the aged man unconscious. He died soon after without making any statement.
The man proved to be Wilbur A. Herrick of West Windsor. He was 84 years of age and had lived in Windsor and West Windsor all his life. By occupation he was a harness maker, a butcher and a farmer, following the last named occupation in his latter years of activity. In 1862 when the Civil war was going strong, he enlisted in Company A of the 12th Vermont Infantry and was with that organization in all its engagements with the rebel army.
The body was taken to the undertaking room of Cabot Brothers and prepared for burial; then taken to Mr. Herrick's home in West Windsor where funeral services will be held Saturday, April 17, at 2 p.m. the Rev. E.L.M. Barnes officiating. Mr. Herrick is survived by his second wife who was Emma Turner. Their three children are: Dean L. Herrick of Providence, R.I.; Mrs. Edith Jarvis of Weathersfield, VT., Mrs. Bertha Nicholson of Framingham, Mass. His first wife was Florence Weeden of Cavendish. Their two children are: Frank C. Herrick and Mrs. Eve Nevers of Claremont, N. H."
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