Bio: Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. A. (Lost brother - 1928)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon



Surnames: Herpich, Gillette, Solle, Williams


----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) September 20, 1928


Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. A. (Lost brother - 20 September 1928)


Last week Wednesday Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich of Greenwood were in Neillsville looking for some trace of Mrs. Herpich’s brother, Vernon Gillette, the man who was struck with a pick in the hands of Peter Solle the latter part of July, while they were working on the railroad near Chili. Gillette was sent to the hospital in Marshfield and remained there until August 16 when he was discharged and returned to Neillsville.  He was seen at the depot that day by the Press reporter and stated that he expected to go to work again with the railroad crew, although he did not appear very strong.  He said that he supposed he would have to remain here as a witness in Solle’s trial, but as Solle plead guilty that was not necessary.  Just recently Mrs. Herpich heard of the matter and started to find Gillette, feeling quite certain that he is her brother, although his correct name is Vivian and not Vernon.  At the Marshfield hospital she was fully convinced that he is her brother as he gave their father’s correct name for the hospital record and other data which entirely identifies him as her brother.  In further efforts to trace him she learned that the railroad crews had been disbanded and that Gillette had been sent to Madison where his father resides, but later the railroad officials desiring to keep in touch with him, learned that he did not go to Madison, and are trying to locate him.


Mr. and Mrs. Herpich came to Greenwood a year ago, Mr. Herpich being the Agricultural teacher in the high school there. They were married about a year ago.  Previous to her marriage Mr. (Mrs.) Herpich lived at Belleville, Wis., her name then being Mrs. Neva Williams and her brother Vernon or Vivian as he was then called, lived with her.  He disappeared about three years ago and she has not seen him since, nor has his father, who lives in Madison.


Gillette is rather a short man, is 34 years of age and has a noticeable scar on one temple due to the wound he received in July.  He is a World War veteran and was two years overseas.  When seen by the press man on August 16 he appeared to have full use of all his mental faculties, but looked pale and weak.


Should any of the Press readers happen to see him or know of his whereabouts they will confer a favor by notifying Mrs. Herpich at Greenwood (rest of the story is gone).



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