John J. Sherman
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
JOHN J. SHERMAN president of the board of county commissioners of Shelby county, O.,
and one of the county's most substantial citizens, belongs to one of
the old pioneer families of this section. He was born in McLean
township, October 2, 1848, and is a son of Henry B. and Catherine
(Ernst). Sherman. William Sherman, the grandfather of John J.
Sherman, came to the United States from Prussia, settled in Ohio and
in 1833 entered land from the government in McLean township, Shelby
county. Henry B. Sherman, son of William Sherman and father of John
J., was fifteen years of age when he came to Shelby county and here
became a well-known man. For twenty-eight years he taught school
acceptably, although he was largely self taught. He also engaged in
farming and took an intelligent interest in public matters and, in
fact, became a representative man in McLean township, where his death
took place in 1904, when he was aged eighty-six years. He married
Catherine Ernst,,who was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to Shelby
county in girlhood, spent her subsequent life here and died in 1909,
in her eighty-second-year. John J. Sherman assisted his father on the
home farm and attended the local schools. Farming has been his main
occupation and since 1871 he has resided on his present farm. in
McLean township. He owns two other farms in the county, one in Turtle
Creek township and the other in Cynthian township, all three
aggregating 300 acres in Shelby county, while he also has forty acres
of valuable land in Mexico, which he occasionally visits. Mr. Sherman
is a man of excellent business Judgment and this quality makes him a
very useful public official. Politically a democrat, many public
offices were tendered him before he consented to serve as a county
commissioner. He first assumed the important duties of the same in
September, 1909, and is serving in his second term and has been
further honored by being elected president of this body. In 1871, Mr.
Sherman was married to Miss Lena Pelster, who was born in Germany, a
daughter of the late Henry J. Pelster, who was formerly a well-known
farmer here. To Mr. and Mrs. Sherman the followinng children have
been born: Katherine, who is the wife of Frank Tahman; Henry, who is
a bookkeeper in a business house at Dayton, is a well-educated young
man who formerly taught school in this township; Anthony, who assists
his father in carrying on the activities of the home farm; Louis, who
is a farmer in Cynthian township; and Mary, Frances, William and Leo.
Mr. Sherman and family belong to the Catholic church.