By Richard Karns Special to the Herald Review I asked my brother-in-law, Larry Herrring, if I could write an article about his\u00a0family. He said I could, though he didn\u2019t remember a lot of the information, but did give me\u00a0a book named \u201cHerring\/Rogers 1999\u201d that was written about his family. It is from this\u00a0book and family letters this article information comes from. There wasn\u2019t any information about Larry\u2019s great-grandfather, so we will start\u00a0with his grandfather. Perry Foster Herring Sr. was born on July 1, 1859, in Ohio. This is\u00a0where the line of information ends. There wasn\u2019t any information to fill in the blanks on\u00a0what he did to make a living, but did say he married Ida Fornshell. Ida\u2019s parents were Robert and Mary Pitcher Fornshell. Ida was born on Oct.\u00a022, 1868, in Pennsylvania, and was of German decent. Robert Fornshell was an educated\u00a0man and was a merchant owning his own store, a wheel write and teacher. He was\u00a0deeply involved in the Democratic Party and the Masonic Lodge. They had 11\u00a0children, Amanda, William, Arthur, Franklin, Mary, James, Joshua, Edward, Robert, Ida\u00a0and Lavannee. On July 15, 1892, Perry Foster Herring Sr., at the age of 33, married Ida Mary Fornshell, who was\u00a022, in Wells County, Ind. In 1909, they moved to Michigan in the Hawkins area with their\u00a0seven children. As with any family, some of the children were known by nicknames.\u00a0Robert ( Dick), Mary, Perry Jr. (Duke), Leroy (Shortly), Alfred (Curly), Samuel (Joe)\u00a0and Hugh. Perry Jr. served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was honorably discharged on\u00a0Dec. 3, 1918. Perry was running a fever at this time and didn\u2019t realize he was\u00a0coming down with the measles. Both of his younger brothers, Leroy and Alfred, were\u00a0already ill with a respiratory illness when he got home. Their illness was compounded\u00a0when they were exposed to the measles, and died weeks apart from each other; they were 18\u00a0and 19 years old. This tormented Perry for the rest of his life. There was quite a lot of information about Tressa\u2019s family, and family names\u00a0most in this area will recognize. Tressa\u2019s mother was Pearl Youngs, and her father was\u00a0Rodney Rogers. Tressa was born on April 28, 1907. This happiness was short lived,\u00a0because Rodney died six weeks after Tressa was born. Life wasn\u2019t easy for Pearl and\u00a0was full of disappointments. She was married two times after Rodney died, to Mr.\u00a0Stephens and Mr. Eichenberg, and she watched each one leave this world for the next. It\u00a0wasn\u2019t easy bringing together this family and making it one. Her children from Rodney\u00a0Roger were Tressa, Beulah and Bessie. From Mr. Stephens they were Floyd and Howard, and from\u00a0Mr. Eichenberg they were Thora, Luella, Jennadene, James and Dual. Perry Foster Herring Jr. married Tressa Pearl Rogers in Baldwin in 1923. In\u00a01939 to 1940, they made their home at Oliver\u2019s Crossing in what used to be the general store. Perry and Tressa and raised 11 children, Ivoline (Toots), Myrtle (Sis), Mary (John),\u00a0Delaphine (Peanie), Deloris (Lorty), Perry (Junior), Dale, Beverly (died at birth),\u00a0Vernon (Bunny), Norman (Normie), Sharon (Sharnie Bug) and Larry.\u00a0Perry was a jack of all trades and worked as a meat cutter, blacksmith, at\u00a0Adamy\u2019s florring mill, and last worked at Bankert\u2019s Locker Plant. There was enough for\u00a0Tressa to do to maintain the household, but did for a short time work in the kitchen at\u00a0Mecosta County General Hospital in Big Rapids. Perry died suddenly on July 21, 1968,\u00a0at the age of 71. Tressa died in the Extended Care Facility at the Reed City Hospital on June 11, 1999, at the age of 92.