HERBERT F. WEBSTER, farmer and lumberman, section 21, Big Prairie Township, was born Feb. 7, 1856, in Newaygo County, and is the son of William Rila and Phebe Ann (Moore) Webster. (see sketch)
Mr. Webster was reard to manhood in his native county and has chiefly followed the callings of farmer and lumberman; he has also been engaged as an estimator of pine and pine lands and likewise as a "scaler." He is the owner of 80 acres of unimproved land on section 15, 80 acres on section 21 and 40 acres on section 16, of Big Prairie Township.
He was married April 27, 1879, in the village of Newaygo, to Kittie C. Reed, Rev. J.H. Hicks officiating. Mrs. Webster was born in Elk River Township, Sanilac Co., Mich., Aug. 11, 1859, and is a daughter of Elias S. and Elizabeth (Gaffney) Reed, both of whom are natives of Zora, Dominion of Canada, where the one was born in 1832 and the other in 1838.
To Mr. and Mrs. Webster three children have been born, namely: Freddie H., the eldest born, is deceased; Bertha Pearl was born May 22, 1881. An infant son, George, was born Dec. 6, 1883. Mr. Webster is an adherent of the National Greenback Labor party, and in religious views adopts the tenets of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Mr. Webster, though a youg man, has a very creitable record as a Nimrod. In the course of two weeks in 1873 he captured 14 deer and two bears, and the aggregate product of his skill with his rifle is about 50 deer and three bears. One of the experiences opf which he retains a vital remembrance was a long season continuint from September, 1870, to April, 1871, in the woods on the Pentwater River. He is of social, genial temperament, kind tothe poor and sympathetic with the suffering, aiding such with all the generosity of his nature. He is specially fond of music and an expert violinist.