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Posted By: Jean Kramer (email)
Date: 7/29/2003 at 21:04:20

Biography reproduced from page 28 of Volume II of the History of Kossuth County written by Benjamin F. Reed and published in 1913:

Joseph J. Sherman, cashier of the First National Bank of Bancroft, and president of the State Bank of Swea City, has been a resident of Kossuth county for ten years. He was born on the 23d of May, 1878, and is a son of Edward and Sarah (White) Sherman, The father is a native of Ireland, whence he emigrated to Iowa in 1859, subsequently locating in Humboldt county, this state. There he was for many years successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, owning and operating “Spring Farm,” which is comprised of seven hundred and sixty acres of well improved and highly cultivated land. He has now withdrawn from active work and has removed to Fort Dodge, where he lives retired. Humboldt county was the scene of Mr. Sherman’s marriage to Miss Sarah White, a native of Maine, when she removed to Webster county, Iowa, later locating in Humboldt county. She passed away on the old homestead in 1900, at the age of fifty-six years, and is buried in the Catholic cemetery at Livermore. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman numbered fourteen, two of whom are deceased. The father is a communicant of the Roman Catholic church. He votes the democratic ticket, and, although he never held public office took, in earlier life, an active interest in local public affairs.

Joseph J. Sherman was reared on the home farm in Humboldt county, and obtained his education in the country schools. He subsequently assisted with the operation of the farm, remaining at home with his father until 1901, when he came to Bancroft to take a position as bookkeeper in the First National Bank. In January, of the following year, he went to Swea City, as assistant cashier of the State Bank, in which capacity he served for two years. At the expiration of that time he was promoted to the position of cashier, continuing to discharge the duties of this office until the spring of 1907, when he returned to Bancroft to become cashier of the First National Bank. He still retains his connection with the State Bank of Swea City, however, and is president of that institution.

In 1909, Mr. Sherman was united in marriage to Miss Mary Thompson, a native of Swea City and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Thompson of North Dakota. They are members of the Roman Catholic church, and Mr. Sherman belongs to both the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He gives his political support to the democratic party, but has never been identified with any official position. He is a most estimable young man, whose laudable ambition, upright standards and high principles commend him to the confidence of all with whom he has transactions, and have been the means of his winning and retaining the regard of a large circle of friends during the period of his residence in this community.


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