Wilbur Herlitz, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Wilbur Herlitz


In 1944 Wilbur Herlitz came to Porter County and married Helen Shurr, who was the daughter of Vernon and Hazel Shurr.

The great-grandfather of Mr. Herlitz, Louis Herlitz, came to America from Germany In 1836 and settled at Cedar Lake, Indiana. Mr. Herlitz's father, William, moved from Cedar Lake to Beecher, Illinois, where Wilbur was born on December 17, 1914. He was raised there and graduated from Lowell High School.

The great-grandfather of Mrs. Herlitz, Lewis Shurr, also came to America from Germany in 1853 and settled in Valparaiso before eventually moving to a farm south of Porter Cross Roads in Porter Township. Mrs. Herlitz's parents, Vernon and Hazel, also resided south of Porter Cross Roads. This is where Helen was born on December 8, 1916. She was raised there and graduated from Boone Grove High School.

Soon after Wilbur and Helen were married on November 26, 1944, they purchased a farm 2 miles northeast of Boone Grove, where they still reside. They have three children, Ronald, Susan, and Wayne.

Ronald, who was born on March 29, 1946, married Karen Niksch of Valparaiso on August 17, 1974 and currently resides in Valparaiso. Karen was born on October 12, 1948. Ronald is presently a math teacher at Boone Grove High School and Karen taught physical education with the Valparaiso Community Schools. They have a daughter, Barbara Ann, who was born on December 3,1975.

Susan, born on March 3, 1950, married Allan Hoagland of Hebron on November 25, 1972 and currently resides in Indianapolis. Allan was born on October 8, 1948. Susan is an accountant for Mayflower Transit and Allan is a mortician for Flanner and Buchanan Mortuaries.

Wayne, born on September 20,1951, currently resides with his parents. He is an industrial arts teacher at Wheeler High School.

Wilbur and Helen are both active members of the Boone Grove Christian Church. Wilbur is also a member of the Valparaiso Rotary Club and vice-president of the Porter County Farm Bureau. Helen is a member of the Porter Township Homemakers Club and is woman's leader of the Porter Township Farm Bureau.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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