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Perhaps no profession or line of business so clearly indicates the status of a town as its newspapers. Tfiey reveal in degree its progressive spirit, its ambitious desires and capability for accomplishment, and in turn an enterprising journal is a source of inspiration, securing support to measures calculated for the public good by its power in influencing public opinion. Mr. Herold is now editor and proprietor of the Seneca Courier Democrat, the leading Democratic paper of Nemaha county, and in this section he is an important factor in promoting the welfare of his adopted town. He was born in the village of Birkenfelck, Germany, on the 14th of March, 1836, and is a son of Michael and Margaret (Kelner) Herold. In November, 1846, the family crossed the Atlantic to the United States, sailing from the port of Bremen and reaching the harbor of New York after a voyage of thirty-eight days. From the metropolis they proceeded westward to Buffalo, where they remained until 1854, and then went to Iowa, settling upon a farm in Winneshiek county, where the father died in 1889. The mother surviving him two years, passed away in 1891.

Andrew P. Herold was a lad of ten summers when he left the Fatherland. In the meantime he had spent four years in school, and in Erie county, New York, he further pursued his education. He also learned the carpenter's trade there and worked with his father until 1859, when he removed to Iowa. He was soon afterward married to Miss Wilhelmina Kropp, of Minnesota, but a native of Germany, who came to the United States with her parents, John and Antonie (Keider) Kropp. The young couple began their domestic life in Winneshiek county, Iowa, where they remained until 1870, -- the year of their arrival in Kansas. Settling upon a farm in Nemaha county, Mr. Herold devoted his energies to farming and stock-raising for seven years and then removed to Seneca, accepting a clerkship in the hardware store of Robert Nelson. On April 3, 1894, he was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland, holding that office for four years. He purchased the Seneca Courier Democrat, in 1885, one of the old journals of the county. The paper had been established in 1869, and throughout the intervening years had been an important factor in upholding the interests of the county and promoting its welfare. Under the guidance of Mr. Herold, who is assisted by his son, it has become a wide-awake journal, entertaining and instructive, and has secured a large circulation. Its editorials are fluent and forceful, and whaile setting forth the writer's views are not unpleasantly aggressive.

Mr. and Mrs. Herold have a family of five children: Charles H., who is engaged in the insurance business; Edward, foreman of the Courier Democrat office; Philip M.; Otto H., who is employed as a bookkeeper in Kansas City, Missouri; and George J., who is engaged in the Democrat office. The family have a wide acquaintance in Seneca, and the members of the household occupy leading positions in social circles. Mr. Herold takes an active interest in local, county and state politics, and does all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of Democracy.