Who's Who at Mountain View

The Herricks

By Barbara Dyer | Sep 06, 2014
Courtesy of: Barbara Dyer Ernest and Nettie Herrick

Just when you think I have given the people at Mountain View Cemetery a rest, I was given some nice pictures of a family that made me think about two very nice people that I knew a while ago. It always makes me happy to write about the people resting at Mountain View, so if you have family pictures and/or information, there are many more people in that cemetery and also Oak Hill. So far I have written about 100-plus families and put them in books "Who’s Who at Mountain View" Vol.I and Vol. II.

Kenneth P. Herrick and his wife, Lillian Grey Herrick were just ordinary working people of Camden, but everyone knew and enjoyed them.

Lillian was born in Camden Aug. 26, 1911, the daughter of Ornsville and Lottie Walker Grey. She graduated from Camden High School in the class of 1929 and went on to Rockland Commercial College. For many years, she was the bookkeeper for George H. Thomas Fuel Company and later Camden Community Hospital.

She married Kenneth Preston Herrick May 15, 1944. She worked at Camp Merestead on Megunticook Lake and retired from Camden Public Library. She was a member of John Street United Methodist Church, having belonged to the former Methodist church for 20 years. She was a member of the Meriam Rebekah Lodge in Rockland and also a member of the Seaside Chapter 70 Order of the Eastern Star in Camden.

After a long active and happy life, Lillian died July 16, 1992, and her funeral services were held at the John Street United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mark Monson Alley officiating.

Lillian’s husband, Kenneth Preston Herrick, was also born on Camden, Dec. 26, 1906, the son of Ernest and Nettie Herrick. Mr. Herrick worked as supervisor in the weaving department of Knox Woolen Mill, retiring at age 67.

He was a 40-year member of Amity Lodge, No. 6 A. F. & A. M. and the John Street United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He often visited the nursing homes and played his guitar and sang for the residents. He was well known for being a great historian in Camden. People enjoyed talking with him, as he had a dry sense of humor and quick wit. Ken was remembered as a gentle man, who demonstrated kindness to many people.

Mr. Herrick died at age 94 Sept. 24, 2001, and was buried from their church. The Rev. Linda Campbell Marshall officiated.

Kenneth’s father, Ernest Preston Herrick, was born in Lincolnville to Merrill F. and Orinda Dean Herrick in 1880. He had a brother, Fred. He was a resident of Camden for about 50 years. He was employed at the Camden mills, and lastly at Camden Textile. Ernest was a member of Camden Fire Department for many years. He died Sept. 9, 1945, at age 65, after a long illness. His funeral was at the Good Funeral Home with Rev. Henry Beukelman officiating. Members of Camden Fire Department were the bearers.

Kenneth’s mother, Nettie Augusta Herrick was born in Rockport in 1880, the daughter of William and Abbie (Metcalf) Higgins Herrick. She and Ernest had three daughters: Mrs. William Heal of Rockland, Mrs. Horace Colburn of Watertown, Mass., and Mrs. Fred Lincoln. Nettie’s brother was George Higgins of Camden. She and Ernest had three daughters: Mrs. William Heal of Rockland, Mrs. Horace Colburn of Watertown, Mass., and Mrs. Fred Lincoln. Nettie Herrick died May 4, 1940, at her home on Mechanic Street.

Mrs. Herrick’s funeral was held at her residence with Weston P. Holman officiating. The bearers were Allen Payson, Fred Herrick, Carroll Burrell and Herbert Thomas.

Off Rawson Avenue, is a small side street named “Herrick Lane” for this family, that so many people in Camden knew and of whom they were fond.

Barbara Dyer is Camden's official town historian. While she's officially retired from writing Who's Who, she often submits "just one more" column for publication.

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