January 11, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page, 2d column)
Our boys, Richard S. Neal and Robert Herrin, returned to Chapel Hill last Monday. Study hard boys, and be something.
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January 18, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page, 1st column)
–Mr. J. R. Herring, Jr., of Scotland Neck, has recently been elected one of the representatives from the Phi. Society at the next commencement of the University. Glad to hear it, Robert.
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June 28, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
Mr. J.R. Herring, Jr., will leave Saturday for Waynesville, to represent the University Monthly in the Press Convention. What an array of agnostics these conventions must present!
[I did do a quick glance over ancestry.com records to see if Robert Herrin and J.R. Herring, Jr., might be the same person (if Herrin was a typo leaving off the “g”). J.R. Herring’s family was definitely in Halifax County during this time period. Robert Herrin is not popping up immediately. However, J.R. Herring is showing up on census records as John R. Herring (not Robert or J.R., and his father’s name appears to be John Robert Herring), so more research would have to be done to determine whether they are the same individual or different individuals.]