A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
JOHN G. HERRON, D. D. S. Among the men who through the possession of
natural and acquired abilities have contributed to the prestige and lent dignity to
the dental profession in Union County, few have established a better record
than Dr. John G. Herron, of Creston. During the more than forty years that
he has been engaged in practice at this place he has held the confidence and
esteem of the entire community, now only because of his recognized professional
abilities, but because of his public spirit and personal integrity.
Doctor Herron was born in 1864, at New Lisbon, Ohio, and is a son of Rev.
Samuel and Jane (Gaylord) Herron. His grandfather was a native of Ireland, who
immigrated to the United States in young manhood and passed the remainder of
his life on a farm in Pennsylvania.
Rev. Samuel Herron was born at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and acquired a
college education in Ohio, where he entered the ministry of the United
Presbyterian Church. He spent the rest of his life in ministerial work and for
thirty-five years held one pastorate in Ohio. He was a member of the Masons and
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and in young manhood was a Whig in his
political views, and a delegate to the first Whig national convention, but
later switched his support to the Republican party, which he supported actively,
although not a seeker for public office. He married Jane Gaylord, who was
born at Akron, Ohio, and they became the parents of six children, of whom three
are living: Mattie, the wife of George A. Evans, a retired citizen of
Lincoln, Nebraska; John G., of this review; and Mary, the wife of Joe O'Neal, a
retired citizen of Omaha, Nebraska. All are members of the United
John G. Herron attended the public school at Mount Pleasant, and graduated
from the high school at Corning, Iowa, at which times he found himself without
funds. Having decided upon a professional career, further educational
training was necessary, and this he acquired through money earned after he was
fourteen years of age by clerking for three years in a store at Carbon, Iowa,
and by working as a farm hand for three years. Even so,his younger years were
ones of the strictest economy and self-denial. He entered the office of
Doctor Scranton at Corning, where he completed his studies and in 1885 passed the
examination of the state board of dentistry. He immediately opened an
office at Corning, where he practiced for two years moving then to Afton, where he
spent one year, and in 1888 took up his permanent residence at Creston,
where he is now the dean of dental practitioners and one of the leading men of
his profession in Southern Iowa. He keeps fully abreast of the constant
changes and advancements being made in his calling, is a conscientious student, and
a former member of the Union County Dental Society, the Iowa State Dental
Society and the American Dental Association. Doctor Herron is fraternally
affiliated with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, while his
political convictions make him a Republican.
Doctor Herron was united in marriage with Miss Florence Norris, who was born
and educated in Illinois, and died without issue. For his second wife
Doctor Herron married Nellie Temple, who was born in Iowa, and died in 1922, and
in 1924 he married Grace Avrill, who was born at Corning, Iowa, where she
received her education. They have no children.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa History Site