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    Charles Benjamin Herr, sheriff of Miami county and one of the substantial citizen-officials of Troy, was born at Tippecanoe City, Ohio, in 1861, a son of Benjamin and Margaret (James) Herr, and a grandson of Rudolph Herr, a native of Maryland. Benjamin Herr was born in Maryland, but as a young man came to Ohio and for some years carried on milling as the owner of a mill of some pretensions in Miami county. When the struggle came on between the forces of the North and South, he entered the Union Army, was commissioned a captain, took brain fever, died, and was buried the day his company left for the South. He married Margaret James, who belonged to the well-known James family of Indiana, and they had four children: Mary, who became the wife of James H. Kinna; Rudolph, who is deceased; Mrs. Fannie Norton, and Charles Benjamin. Charles Benjamin Herr attended the graded and high schools of Miami county and a commercial school at Dayton, following which he learned the trade of miller in the enterprise of his uncle, John K. Herr. He continued to be engaged in milling and the grain business in Miami county for many years and in the meantime became interested in public and political affairs. Under Sheriff Louis Paul, he acted as deputy sheriff of the county, and subsequently filled a like position under Sheriff Barnett, whom he succeeded in office, being elected sheriff in 1918. He has made a good sheriff, preserving law and order and being untiringly conscientious in his tracking down of criminals . A man of spirit and courage, he has discharged his duties capably and has thoroughly won the confidence of the citizens who chose him for this responsible office. Sheriff Herr was married to Eva H., daughter of George W. Huffman, of Miami county, Ohio, and to this union there was born one daughter: Edna, who married Carl C. Moser, of Springfield, Ohio, and has one son, Charles B. During the war period, Mr. Herr was generous in his support of all measures. He is prominent fraternally, holding membership in the Masons, the Mystic Shrine, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Eastern Star. Mr. Herr was again elected sheriff in the fall of 1920.

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