Herman C. Frings, lawyer, Pekin, Ill., was born in St. Louis, Mo., January 31, 1870. His parents were Dr. Charles H. and Augusta (Hoefl) Frings. The father was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1830, and came to America in 1867, stopping for a time in New York City, whence he went to St. Louis, Mo., in 1869. Mrs. Frings was born in Mindelheim Bavaria, and came with her husband from St. Louis to Pekin in 1872. A short time thereafter they moved to Peoria and afterward returned to Pekin as their permanent home. Dr. Frings has been deceased for a number of years. Mrs. Frings is still a resident of Pekin.
Herman C. Frings attended the public schools of that city, as well as a private institution of learning in Philadelphia. He afterward pursued a commercial course in Bryant & Stratton’s Business College in Chicago. On completing his business education he was employed as a bookkeeper by the J. H. Walker & Co. wholesale house in Chicago, and remained with that establishment until 1890. In that year he came to Pekin to accept the position of Deputy Sheriff in Tazewell County, holding it during the four-year term of Sheriff J. C. Friederich. While acting in that capacity. Mr. Frings devoted his leisure time to the study of law in the office of Hon. J. V. Graff, who at the present time represents this district in Congress.
The subject of this sketch was admitted to the bar on the 22nd of August, 1892, and began the Practice of his chosen profession on December 1, 1894, his office being at its present location No. 359 Court Street, Pekin. On December 14, 1898, Mr. Frings was united in marriage to Miss Laura A. Zinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Zinger, of Pekin. This union has been a felicitous one. Mrs. Frings is a graduate of the Pekin High School, and prior to her marriage had taught in the public schools of that city. Their present home bears cheerful testimony to the thrift of the homemaker and the good taste of the homekeeper .
The early life of Herman C. Frings was attended by more than the usual number of difficulties encountered by young men in gaining a foothold in life. Depending entirely upon his own energy and ability, he surmounted the many obstacles in his was and has achieved an enviable success, both professional and financial. With industry and persistence he combines a thorough knowledge of the law, of business principles and a keen insight in human nature, scarcely expected of one of his years.
In his relations with his fellow-men it can be truthfully said that he is true to his friends, and that he has the respect and esteem or those who best know him. He is justly regarded as one of the rising young men of the county, and should the years bring him reward for industry, ability in an honorable profession and upright dealing with all those whose interests are placed in his charge, such reward will be truly deserved.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1004
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