GEORGE W. SHERMAN.
George W. Sherman is numbered among the pioneers in Allamakee county, his residence here dating from 1857. From
that time until his retirement he was a force in agricultural developthent, his individual prosperity constituting
an element in the general advancement. He is honored as a veteran of the Civil war, having served three years in
that conflict, and in all the relations of life has proved loyal, courageous and straightforward. Mr. Sherman is
a native of Pennsylvania, born in Erie county, February 8, 1834. He grew to manhood on a farm in that section and
acquired his primary education in the public schools, supplementing this by a course in Albion Academy. He fitted
himself for teaching and after laying aside his books followed that occupation for three terms before he was twenty
one years of age. In the spring of 1857 he left Pennsylvania and came west, settling first in Monroe county, Wisconsin,
where he taught in the public schools for two years. He there married and came with his wife to Iowa, making a
permanent location in Allamakee county in 1857. He was one of the pioneer teachers in this section of the state
and for several years after his arrival followed his profession during the winter months, engaging in farming during
the summers. He purchased forty acres of land near Rossville and this he improved and developed until August 11,
1862, when he enlisted in the Union army, joining Company A, Twenty seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. His regiment
was sent to Dubuque, where it drilled for two or three months, and at the end of that time was transferred to Fort
Snelling to assist in driving off the Indians at that point. It was later ordered to Memphis, Tennessee, and took
part in many skirmishes, battles and forced marches, participating in the Red River expedition and the battles
at Pleasant Hill, Fair Oaks, Fort DeRussy, Little Rock and Nashville. During all of this time, however, Mr. Sherman
never carried a gun, having been detailed to hospital duty, serving for the first two years as nurse and for the
remainder of his term of enlistment as acting hospital steward. With the exception of a thirty day furlough he
was continuously in service from the time of his enlistment until his discharge at the close of the war, having
never lost a day's time through sickness or from any other cause.
After the close of hostilities Mr. Sherman returned to his old home in Erie county, Pennsylvania, and spent a few
months visiting his old friends and neighbors. However, in November of the same year he returned to Iowa and in
1866 resumed farming, engaging also in drilling and sinking wells. He has the reputation of having constructed
the first drilled well in Allamakee county. After a time he sold his farm near Rossville and purchased one hundred
and sixty acres just adjoining the corporate limits of Waukon and this property he developed and improved for many
years, his practical methods, his knowledge of farming, his industry, energy and success winning him a place among
the substantial and representative agriculturists of the county. Eventually, however, he sold his farm, disposing
of it in five acre tracts, and retired from active life, moving into Waukon, where he purchased the home in which
he and his daughter now reside.
In Monroe county, Wisconsin, Mr. Sherman married Miss Katherine Round, who was born and reared in that section.
She was a daughter of Zina Round, a pioneer in Wisconsin, having come to that state in early times from Vermont.
Mrs. Sherman passed away in 1873, leaving four children: J. D., who is engaged in farming near Waukon; Lida L.,
who makes her home with her father; Mrs. Maggie E. Roberts, of Mason City, Iowa; and Lela, the wife of E. W. Goodykoontz,
who is engaged in business in Waukon.
Mr. Sherman keeps in touch with his comrades of the Civil war through his membership in John J. Stillman Post,
No. 194, G. A. R., of which he has served as quartermaster for eighteen years. During the period of his residence
in Allamakee county he has taken an active part in local politics, having served as assessor and tax collector,
as census enumerator and in various other positions of public trust and honor. He and his daughter are members
of the Baptist church and the latter is active in church and Sunday school work. A resident of this section for
fifty six years and continuously identified with its growth and development, Mr. Sherman has become widely and
favorably known in the locality as a man enterprising in business, progressive in citizenship and faithful to all
the ties and obligations of life — one of Allamakee county's most honored pioneers.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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