|PARKE C. HERRICK, of Oregon, was born in Rutland Township, May 25, 1866, and is the son of J. T. Herrick, one of the sturdy lumbermen which Maine sent out in such numbers to subdue the great forests of the northwest, fifty years ago. Mr. Herrick was a native of Bangor, and until he was thirty years of age worked in the pineries of his native state; he came to Wisconsin about 1850, but abandoned his old occupation and settled down as a farmer in the town of Rutland, Dane county, taking up eighty acres of government land and turning it form a forest wilderness into a cultivated farm.
Parke Herrick’s mother, Mary E. (Morgan) Herrick, was a native of Ireland; she and her husband have both passed away. Parke Herrick received his education principally at the district schools of Rutland. He was reared as a farmer and has always followed that occupation, except one year, when he worked at the carpenter trade; he settled in Oregon, December, 1894, renting eighty acres of the J. D. Burke estate, and has occupied the place ever since, running it for general farming purposes and the raising of cattle, hogs and sheep.
He is a member of the Baptist church and a Republican in politics. He was united in marriage, September 25, 1889, to Miss Clara Cook, daughter of John S. and Sarah (Fowler) Cook, of Zion Cit, Ill.; they have no children.
1906 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 408.