Herbst began his telephone career in 1924, as a student station installer in the Hammond Plant Department. Since that time, he has held many other positions with the company. In 1953 he was appointed staff supervisor in the General Plant Personnel Supervisor's office in Chicago.
An active member of the Hammond Council of the Telephone Pioneers of America, an organization limited to telephone people with 21 or more years of service in the industry, Herbst was the chairman of last year's hobby committee. He is president of the Lowell Lions Club, instructor for the local Red Cross, and supervising instructor in Red Cross work for Illinois Bell.
He also belongs to the Marine Corps League, and Military Order of the Devil Dogs; he is a member of the Board of Directors and captain of the Lake Dalecarlia Volunteer Fire Department. He is also a Cub Scoutmaster and a member of the Boy Scouts committee. Active in the PTA of the high school and the grade school, Herbst was presented a plaque in 1954 for being chosen "Man of the Year" in Lowell by the Jaycees.
Herbst and his wife, Mona, live at Lake Dalecarlia. They have eight children, one son, Richard, is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marines. He is stationed at Camp Pendleton, California.
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