Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 596-97.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  George M. Sherman

Not the least valuable of the legacies left to a community by the citizens of an earlier generation are the sons who bear their names and maintain their standards by vigorous effort.  Something of the iron of this courageous band has entered into the lives of their progeny, who though placed in different and less exacting circumstances fulfill their destiny with equally commendable zeal and ability.  Belonging to this class is the subject of this sketch, George M. Sherman.  He comes from a pioneer family, his parents having braved the hardships and privations of the earlier days in western Iowa and were among the advance guard who paved the way for the present day advantages.


George M. Sherman was born in Calhoun county, Iowa, August 29, 1881, son of Eber B. and Sarah (Brown) Sherman, both natives of the Berkshire hills of Massachusetts. They came from Williamstown, Massachusetts to Calhoun county, Iowa, in 1875 and here they passed through all the experiences of pioneer life.  The father died July 23, 1908, aged seventy-one years.  The mother now resides in Manson, Iowa.  The father was a farmer but for the last fourteen years of his life lived retired in Manson, Iowa.


George M. Sherman after attending the public schools for some years entered the high school at Manson, from which he was graduated, and then became a student of the Highland Park school at Des Moines, Iowa.  After completing his course at this school he began learning the printer's trade in 1900 in Manson, remaining there about five years.  After that he was employed in different offices in Des Moines and Oklahoma City for a short time each.  On November 1, 1907, he arrived in Sioux Rapids and in company with C. E. Ryder, became engaged in the newspaper business, and they are now the owners and publishers of the Republican Press.


Mr. Sherman is closely identified with the republican party in his political career.  He is a member of Enterprise Lodge, No. 332, A. P. & A. M., of Sioux Rapids, and is one of the rising, progressive young men of the day.