In the early 1870s, pioneer families with the names of Bailey and Burdic settled in northern Washington County. As the area started to grow, railroad tracks were laid from Omaha. Aboard that first train was a conductor whose name was Samuel Hermann.

At that time, the post office, was using the name “Cuming City.” The people felt that a better name was in order, since the office was near, but not in Cuming County. Remembering the conductor, Samuel Hermann, it was decided to call the town “Hermann.” At some later date, the second “n” was dropped from the end, and the official name became “Herman.”

Herman’s peak population of 427 residents was reached in 1940. Currently home to 243, Herman has a lovely city park and an active volunteer fire department.