Biography of Frank H. Sherwood
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FRANK H. SHERWOOD.
On the list of Marion county's pioneer settlers who laid the foundation for the present growth, development and prosperity of this district appears the name of Frank H. Sherwood, who was practically a lifelong resident of this part of the state. He was born on the 11th of November, 1842, a son of Daniel and Julia (Phelps) Sherwood, who in the latter '40s, came to Marion county and spent their remaining days in Indiana township. The work of progress and civilization seemed scarcely begun in this county at that period. Indeed there were only a few settlers and it was no unusual thing to see bands of Indians. Much wild game was to be had and there was every evidence of frontier life in the wide stretches of undeveloped prairie land and in the uncut forests which bordered the streams.

Frank H. Sherwood shared with the family in the hardships and trials incident to pioneer life and early became familiar with the task of developing new fields. Much of the farm machinery common at the present day was then unknown, so that much of the work of the fields was done by hand. In his youthful days Frank H. Sherwood attended the country schools or followed the plow, but when a youth of nineteen years he put aside all personal thoughts and ambitions in order to respond to the country's call for troops, for the north and south was divided over the question of slavery and conditions brought about thereby. When the attempt was made to overthrow the Union, Mr. Sherwood enlisted as a member of Company E, Eighth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in 1861, and served for three years, participating in a number of hotly contested engagements which led up to the final victory that crowned the Union arms.

Following his return home Mr. Sherwood was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Robuck on the 4th of February, 1865, the wedding ceremony being performed by the Rev. J. C. Sherwood. The lady was born December 17, 1841, and was a daughter of James and Elizabeth (Kahler) Robuck, who became residents of Indiana township, this county, in 1853. Their remaining days were here passed and when called to their final rest their graves were made in Indiana chapel. They were indeed pioneer settlen of the community and contributed to the early development and upbuilding of this part of the county. The father was born November 7, 1806, while the mother's birth occurred on the zest of November, 181t. They were the parents of eight children, namely: John, who was born May 13, 1831; Joseph, December 24, 1833; Sarah Jane, October 15, 1834; Aaron, February 4, 1838; William, April 24, 1840; Louisa, December 17, 1841; Susan E., June 12, 1846; and James Nelson, born February to, 1849.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood was blessed with nine children, as follows: Luella, who passed away in April, 1899; Daniel Harry, who died on the 4th of February, 1869; Sarah, who gave her hand in marriage to Chris Horned; Francis M.; James W., who died on the 31st of January, 1876; Mary I., who is now the wife of Fred Bingaman; Blanche A., who wedded John Monteith; Altie, who died on the 5th of February, 1884; and Allie, twin of Altie, who is the wife of L. Gullion.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood made their home upon a farm and through hard work, close application and capable management he accumulated a handsome competence. He was the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land which he carefully tilled and from which he gathered good harvests. Following his demise Mrs. Sherwood sold the farm to her son and about fifteen years ago took up her abode in Columbia, where she still makes her home. He was well known as a pioneer settler of this county and one who had witnessed practically its entire growth and development. He had lived to see the wild animals of the early days superseded by farm animals, the prairie grass give way before the cultivated grain, the pioneer cabins replaced by modern, commodious residences and the work of improvement carried on along all lines that indicate higher ideals and earnest efforts for their accomplishment. Mr. Sherwood had the goodwill and confidence of his fellowmen and at his death left behind him many warm friends.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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