Lee County Biography


Herbert W. Harms, identified with commercial interests in Dixon as manager for the Wilbur Lumber Company, was born in Lee county, Illinois, April 20, 1884, and is therefore still a young man. His parents were Antone W. and Mary (Ahrens) Harms, the former of whom was a son of Antone W. Harms, one of the pioneer settlers in Lee county. Removing from the east to Illinois, he settled in Palmyra township at a period when the work of progress and improvement seemed scarcely begun in this section of the state. Since that time the name of Harms has figured in connection with the upbuilding of the county and has always been synonymous with progressive action and substantial improvement. Herbert W. Harms acquired a public-school education and when not busy with his text-books worked in the fields for his father, who was a farmer. When his education was completed he too took up farm work, to which he devoted his energies until 1906, when at the age of twenty-two years he entered the employ of the Wilbur Lumber Company in the capacity of bookkeeper. He worked his way upward, mastering the details and factors of the business until his capability led to his promotion to the position of manager on the 1st of September, 1907. He has since been active in control of the business, which is one of the important commercial concerns of Dixon, and thus he has gained a place among the representative young business men of the city.

On the 18th of August, 1908, Mr. Harms was united in marriage to Miss Belle Floto, a native of Dixon, and they have a daughter, Helen, born in October, 1910. Mr. Harms exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and is now exalted ruler of Dixon Lodge, No. 779, B.P.O E. He has a wide acquaintance and his .social qualities as well as his business ability have won him popularity and high regard.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

Back Home