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In a copy of an article dated 9/20/2002 from the St. Louis Public Library, it is stated that Herget graduated from Madison School in St. Louis and then went to Washington University School of Fine Arts. He then apprenticed as an illustrator for Woodward and Tiernan. During that time, he quietly pursued his real interest, which was collecting Indian arts and crafts.
Herget asserted that painting Indians was natural for somebody from St. Louis: "It was from this city, through its fur trading interests and its missionaries, that the earliest civilization reached the Indians of the West." He went on to say: "The Indian had a great native sense of color and design. He reduced what he saw to the simplest significant decorative line and left some strikingly beautiful art conventions. He didn't know too much. That is where he had the advantage of some of us latter-day painters."