Henry F. Sherman
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
HENRY F. SHERMAN president of the board of education of the Turner Special School
District in Cynthian township, is a prominent farmer, owning 100
acres of fine land situated in section 27, all of which, with the
exception of ten acres of woodland, he has under cultivation. Mr.
Sherman was born in McLean township, Shelby county, March 30, 1868;
and is a son of Joseph and Mary (Rottinghaus) Sherman. Joseph Sherman
was bom in Germany October 22, 1816, and was sixteen years old when
his parents came to the United States and settled in Shelby
county, O., locating in McLean township. There he grew to manhood and
married Elizabeth Gehr, of Minster, O., and of the ten children born to
that marriage there is but one survivor, a resident of Troy, O. His second
marriage was to Mary Rottinghaus and of the ten children born to this
union there are five survivors, namely: Elizabeth, wife of John Zimmerman;
John, residing in Cynthian township; Henry F.: Frank, residing in Cynthian
township ; and Annie, wife of Frank Turner of Cynthian township. Mr.
Sherman owned a farm of 150 acres and there passed the larger part of his
life, his death occurring in his seventy-seventh year. His second wife
lived to be thirty-eight years of age. They were faithful members of St.
Michael's Catholic church at Fort Loramie. During many years he was
elected to township offices on the democratic ticket and was known to be
an upright, honorable man.
Henry F. Sherman continued on the honie farm for three years after
his father's death and then sold his interest and since his marriage
has lived on his present farm in Cynthian township. Through his own
efforts this place has been brought to its fine condition as to
productiveness and improvements, including a complete system of
drainage and tiling. He raises both grain and stock, using his corn
for feeding purposes but selling wheat and oats, his land producing
more than the average in grain. Mr. Sherman married Miss Lucy Gaier,
who was born in McLean township, and they have the following
children: William, Emma, Edward, Leo, August and Ida. Mr. Sherman and
family are members of St. Peter and St. Paul's church, at Newport,
O., of which he was warden for four years. In politics Mr. Sherman is
a democrat. For four years he was one of the trustees of Cynthian
township and during two years of that period was president of the
board, while he has been president of the board of education of the
Turner Special School District for about six years.