William Sherren is the owner of a valuable farm in Byron township. The place is beautiful in the lay of the
land and in the improvements which have been made upon the farm. There is a large residence standing in the midst
of highly cultivated fields and the extensive barns indicate that stock breeding and feeding must be one of the
important features of the place. Mr. Sherren was born in Dubuque, Iowa, May 12, 1858, and is a son of Joseph and
Jane (Lincoln) Sherren. The father, a native of England, was a gardener and when about thirty years of age came
to the United States. He first settled in Ohio, where he probably worked at his trade, and later became a resident
of Dubuque, Iowa, where he engaged in draying for three years. In 1864 he went to Fayette county, where he rented
land for a year and then removed to Buffalo township, Buchanan county, where he again cultivated rented land for
two years. Death then terminated his labors when he was but forty four years of age.
The widow of Joseph Sherren, Mrs. Jane Sherren, had come to the United States in her young womanhood on the same
vessel which bore her future husband. It was on shipboard that they became acquainted and started the friendship
which later terminated in their marriage. They had five children, one of whom died in infancy and another at the
age of two and a half years. After the death of her first husband Mrs. Sherren became the wife of David Slater,
who has also passed away, and she now lives with a daughter, Mrs. Fred Sampson, in Winthrop, Iowa.
William Sherren spent his boyhood upon the home farm and at the age of fourteen began earning his own living by
working as a farm hand in the employ of neighbors, being thus busily engaged in the fields through the summer months.
In the winter seasons he attended the district schools. That he was faithful in his work is indicated by the fact
that he remained in the employ of one man through seven summers. He afterward worked for three years by the day
in this county and subsequently drove a peddler's wagon for five and one half months. At the end of that time he
rented his mother's farm, which he continued to cultivate for four years and during that period he carefully and
systematically saved his earnings. He next purchased one hundred and seventy nine acres of land in Buffalo township
but was only able to make a partial payment upon the property. He rented his place to his brother and continued
to cultivate his mother's farm for three or four years longer. He then sold his land in Buffalo township and purchased
his present home place of one hundred and sixty acres, which he has since improved with good buildings and on which
he has carefully carried on general agricultural pursuits with the result that his efforts are manifest in large
crops which find a ready sale on the market.
Mr. Sherren was united in marriage to Miss Dora Myer, a daughter of Henry Myer, and they have become the parents
of five children, of whom three died in early life, those still living being Verna and Maurice. In his political
views Mr. Sherren is a republican but has never consented to accept office, desiring to concentrate his undivided
attention upon his business affairs. He has worked persistently and energetically as the years have gone on and
that his labors have been intelligently directed finds evidence in his fine farm, now one of the best improved
in the township. He has closely studied the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops with the
result that his place is most productive, his farm work bringing him a substantial financial return annually.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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