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Hi Sherman Family and Friends,

In November, Debbie Brockett, a writer for GV Magazine asked for permission to use a picture of Moses and Susie by their boxcar home in an article she was putting together for the December issue. GV stands for Grand Valley (Colorado) and the  magazine is a fun look at this community and the many activities available there.

We were happy to oblige Debbie’s request and enjoyed reading the article titled “Yes, Grand Valley, There is a Santa.” Seeing the picture of Mr. Ed’s great-grandparents Moses and Susie in the magazine was a real treat.

If you’d like to have a look at the article, follow this URL: http://www.dabrockett.com/article12.htm

Here’s the picture used in the article:

moses&susie in boxcar154

All for tonight.


Copyright 2013, Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington,  All rights reserved.

Picture is the sole property of Howard and Susan Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington


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Hi Everyone,

What do I do?  There are more pictures than I have posts for… so..  Here’s a gallery of various Sherman family photos.. all are thumbnails so click on them for a larger view. Many of the pictures are of logging in the “UP” of Michigan and you’ll see William Sherman among the subjects.  If you have corrections or questions don’t hesitate to contact me at susaned@me.com or leave a comment.  Enjoy!


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, 1/10/2012  All Rights Reserved

Photographs are the sole property  of Susan  J. Edminser

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Mr. Ed’s Great-Grandparents, Moses and Susan Sherman lived in Montana for many years during his employment with the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Drummond was their home when Moses retired November 8, 1938.

We thought it would be fun to map the Sherman’s movement in Montana and to do so we dug out a stack of old Post Cards (yes, penny post cards) sent to them by their son Murry, daughter Martha and various friends.  Because we were only able to track according to the mailing dates there’s some overlap in the years they received mail at a given location, but those cards told a story of their movement that we wanted to share. So here’s the  map we put together… we hope you enjoy it.  Oh, I should note that this graphic is one little section of a 1900 Northern Pacific Railroad map.

It was fun to note that one card was addressed to “Mrs. Sherman, 2 1/2 miles south of Drummond.”


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA. November 23, 2011

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Obituaries for Moses and Susan (Leach) Sherman, William and Johannah (Hartwell) Sherman and many others:


Moses Benjamin Sherman died Saturday at a local hospital.  He resided at 714 South 72nd Street and was a  native of Pennsylvania.  He was employed by the Northern Pacific railroad as a pumper and was a member of  Ruby lodge, F. & A. M. of Drummond, Montana and had been a Mason for more than 55 years.  He leaves his wife, Susan V. of the home; sons, William C. of Tacoma, Mury B. of Bellingham; daughter Mrs. Martha Shafer of Michigan, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Lynn Chapel, Dr. Milton A. Marcy presiding with Jos. Warren lodge F. & A. M.  Burial at New Tacoma cemetery.

Tacoma News Tribune, December 5, 1942



Mrs. Moses Benjamin (Susan Viola) Sherman died at the age of 102 this morning in a local nursing home.

Born in Tuscola, Michigan, she had lived in Tacoma since 1942, coming here from Drummond, Montana. She was the adopted grandmother of the Wilson High School Girls Club.  She was a member of Margaret Cummings Chapter OES, at Drummond.  She was also past matron of that chapter, a post which she took after she was 60 years old and she later had served as its chaplain for many years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Martha Shafer, 80 of Muskegon, Michigan, two sons, William C. Sherman, 76, of Tacoma, and Murry Bird Sherman, 74 of Bellingham; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.

The Tacoma News Tribune, July 3, 1962



William C. Sherman, 84, of 814 S. 72nd St., died Tuesday.

He was a retired warehouseman at Ft. Lewis, and had owned and operated Sherman’s African Violet Shop in Tacoma for many years.

Survivors include two grandchildren, Howard Edminster, of Seattle, and George Edminster of Wallingford, Conn.

Services will be announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.

The Tacoma News Tribune, July 16, 1969



Mrs. William C.  (Johannah) Sherman, 80, of 814 S. 72nd St. died Sunday in a local hospital.

She was born in Ironton, Michigan, and came to Tacoma 38 years ago from St. Regis, Montana.  She was the operator of the Violet Greenhouse for 15 years.  She was a  member of the Congregational Church and the Violet Prarie Garden Club.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be announced by Mountain View Funeral Home.

The Tacoma News Tribune, December 4, 1967



Murry B. Sherman, age 74 or 2339 Ellis St. passed away in a local hospital Wednesday, Feb. 27 following a short illness.   Mr. Sherman had resided in Bellingham for the past 29 years and was a retired logger.  He leaves to survive his wife, Frances E., at home, one son, Bird E. Sherman of Everett, two daughters, Mrs. Edith V. Decker of Laurel and Mrs. Ethel B. Tolles of this city, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one brother, William C., of Tacoma, one sister, Mrs. Martha Shaefer (sic) of Detroit, Mich., Funeral services will be held Friday, March 1 at 3p.m. in the Chapel of the  WESTFORD FUNERAL HOME with Rev. Russell H. Rea officiating.  Interment Greenacres.

Bellingham Herald, February 28, 1963



Bird Eugene “Gene” Sherman age 71, of Bellingham, WA, passed away May 7, 2001 at St. Francis Extended Health Care.

He was born August 24, 1929 in Blaine, WA to Murray (sic) Bird and Frances E. (Campbell) Sherman.

Gene graduated from Bellingham High School.  He married Lois Wyatt Larson in Bellingham May 6, 1968.

She preceded him in death April 28, 2001.

Mr. Sherman worked for  Georgia Pacific in Bellingham and retired from Scott Paper Co, of Everett WA.  He returned to Bellingham seven years ago.

Survived by his son, David Sherman of Stanwood, WA., daughters Diane Hanson of Everett, WA, Dona Garthley of Everett, WA, Darlene Laird of Marysville, WA,  sisters Edith Decker and Ethel Tolles both of Bellingham WA.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1230 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Arrangements entrusted to Westford Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1301 Broadway, Bellingham, WA.

Everett Herald,  May 9, 2001


EDITH DECKER (information from funeral card)

In Loving Memory

Edith Viola Decker

Born March 5, 1915 at LaClede, Idaho,  Died July 20, 2006 at Davao City, Philippines

Graveside Services, Greenacres Cemetery Monday Aughst 7, 2006 at 2p.m.

Officiant Rev. Rick Qualls


The following are brief death notices we recorded at the Bradford County Genealogy Society in Towanda, PA.  As you see there are multiple publications of some of the notices, most of which are rather cryptic:

SHERMAN,  Jacob d. Mar. 11, Overton; Reporter Journal, Th. Mar. 16, 1905

SHERMAN, Mrs. Eliza, d. Thur last week at son Charles, New Albany, age 56. surf. ch: Charles, Ernest, James, Ivan, Dori & Mrs. Fred Babcock.  Reporter Journal, Thu. May 9, 1901

SHERMAN, Mr.s Elizabeth A.  d. May 8, at dau., Mrs. W.W. Brooks, E. Troy, age 80, Bradford Star, Th. May 18, 1905

SHERMAN, Jacob, Overton, buried Tues. Monroeton Enterprise, Th. Mar 16, 1905

SHERMAN, Jacob, s/o Henry Sherman, d. Mar. 11, Overton,  age 71, b. Nov. 2, 1834, Co. G. 28 PA, m. Hannah Mussleman who survives.  Children George E., Frank, Oscar, Ernest, Fred, Lee, Mrs. Celia Chase, Mrs. Clara Lancaster .

SHERMAN, Henry  d. last Wed,  Overton, age 75, Sur wife, 6 day, 1 son, 1/2 brother Edward, Canton Reporter Journal, Th Apr. 17, 1902

SHERMAN, Mrs. Henry, d. June 10, E. Herrick, age 50,  Bradford Reporter, Th. June 15, 1871.

SHERMAN, Henry, d. Wed. last week – Overton, sur by wife, 7 children.  Vet.  Bradford Argus, Thu, Apr 17, 1902

SHERMAN, Death.  Henry Sherman, veteran of Civil War, died Overton on Wed. age 75 years. Survived by 6 children and his wife.  Bradford Repub. Thurs Apr. 17, 1902

SHERMAN Peter, d. Mar. 6, Albany Twp, age 58. Reporter Journal, Th. Mar 19, 1891

SHERMAN, Peter, d. Fri New Albany, buried Overton.  Twanda Weekly REview, Fri Mar 13, 1891.

SHERMAN, William A. of Overton, died Apr. 27, 1915, Wilkes-Barre. He was 47 years. Was son of late Henry Sherman.  Survived by his wife and 6 children. May 6, 1915. Bradford Star.

SHERMAN, Margaret, Ireland, w/o Nelson Sherman. d. Dec 6 at dau in New Albany, buried Catholic Cem – Overton, survived 1 daughter, 3 sons, 1 brother.  Bradford Star, Th. December 12, 1895

SHERMAN, Mrs. d. Fri. New Albany, buried Overton Catholic Cemetery.  Reporter Journal, December 12, 1895

SHERMAN, Death, Funeral of Mrs. Eliza Sherman who died in New Albany on Thursday, was held at Reformed Church, Overton.

SHERMAN,   Betsey, w/o late Henry Sherman was buried on Monday last.  She was of Overton.  Mar 16, 1882, Bradford Reporter

SHERMAN, Death – Nelson Sherman, Overton, died May 25, 1912 at Sayre Hospital, age 74 years.  He was son of Henry Sherman of Overton.  Born Oct 12, 1838.  Survived by 3 sons, 1 daughter. Buried at Overton.  2 sons, Joseph & Richard were in Spanish-American War.  Gradford Star May 30, 1912.

SHERMAN, Hannah Mussleman, w/o late Jacob Sherman, d. Jan 7, Overton, d/o Jacob and Hannah Mussleman.  b. Feb 17, 1843, M. 1865, buried Reformed Cemetery.   Had 6 sons, 3 daughters.  Survived by: Oscar (Rummerfeld), Fred (Endicott, N.Y.), Ernest (Chanango, Forks, N.Y),  Lee, (Whittier, CA), Mrs., Celia Chase (Elmira, N.Y.), Mrs. Clara Lancaster (at home).,  16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.


Obituaries and death notices were collected and assembled by Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA   November 17, 2011

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Hi Everyone,

These old postcard pictures were among the items my husband inherited from the Sherman family, probably acquired when Moses and Susie Sherman lived in Montana and Moses was employed by the Northern Pacific RR.  They’re in thumbnail so just click to see the large version.  Enjoy!

Gallery of Montana Railroad Pictures


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA 11/5/2011 All Rights Reserved

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This lovely picture of my husband’s Grandparents and Mother was probably taken about 1918-1920.  Names: William Clay Sherman (1885-1969), Johannah (Hartwell) Sherman (1887-1967) and Beatrice Ruth Sherman (1907-1933).


Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA, November 3, 2011 All Rights Reserved

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Martha Goes to School

Hello Friends,

I’m not sure where or when this article appeared in the news but if we take a guess it was a newspaper in Muskegon Heights Michigan.  Martha Shafer was 46 years old when the article was written (per the text) so it must have been about 1928. The article is very discolored so I’ll transcribe it for our purposes here.


Mrs. Martha Shafer Plans to Finish Course and Then Matriculate at Some College

Availing herself of the opportunities she missed in youth, Mrs. Martha Shafer  1909 Glendale Avenue, 46 years old, has enrolled as a Junior in Muskegon Heights High School and expects to be graduated from the institution a year from next spring after which she plans to matriculate at some college.

Housekeeper and cook for a family of five, Mrs. Shafer’s day is occupied from 4 o’clock every morning until late at night either in domestic duries, studying or reciting.

Mrs. Shafer is a mother of three children, all of whom are 21 years old or more.  Tables turned, they are helping her to obtain an education.

It was in the spring of 1925 that Mrs. Shafer received a diploma from the nurses department of Pasadena College, Pasadena, California.  The same night, her only daughter who is now 25 years old and resides in the west, was graduated from the same department.

In connection with her special training in nursing Mrs. Shafer was able to carry some academic subjects  This imbued her with a hope that some day she might be graduated from high school and possibly from college.

This fall she announced her intentions to a small group of friends.  Most of them ridiculed the idea or attempted to discourage her in her plans.  However, largely through the encouragement received from C.F. Bolt, Principal of Muskegon Heights High School and Dr. William S Chapin, city health physician, Mrs. Shafer entered school.  And she is happy with her decision.

Mrs. Shafer is classified as a special Junior.  Her subjects are Algebra, Latin, English and History.  She likes English best.

After completing her high school work, the Muskegon woman hopes to enter some college where she may take special work which will fit her as a public health children’s nurse.  She has had some experience in this work.  Last summer she had charge of the infant welfare clinic at Muskegon Heights.

Mrs. Shafer says that one source of embarrassment in her most recent quest of an education has arisen from the fact that a year ago last summer she was a nurse at the Paul Rader conference grounds where she became well acquainted with a number of Heights high school students who were working there in various capacities.

“You see it was different when I entered school at Pasadena” she said.  That was among strangers.  When I entered school here I met again boys and girls whom I had worked with at Lake Harbor.”

“But everyone especially Mr Bolt and the teachers have been very kind to me” the ambitious little woman said.

The Glendale avenue resident walks seven or eight blocks to school each morning, arriving at 8 o’clock.  Then for four hours straight, she recites, returning home shortly after 12:00  She has only herself to feed at noon, her husband and two sons carry lunches which she packs the night before  She tries to retire early because she arises at 4 o’clock to study, which she calls the best hour of the day.

Mrs. Shafer’s advice to youth is to obtain an education.  “It seems pitiful to think of children dropping out of school at 16 or 17 years of age.  There is so little for them to do and so little they can earn at that age.”

And then she recalled her own disappointing experience in youth. “When our family moved to a small village near Charlevoix I had to quit high school as there was no high school in this town.  I had just finished the tenth grade” she said.

Members of her own immediate family are encouraging her in her work.  “My son helps me with some of  my studies” she said.  School authorities say Mrs. Shafer is a good student.


SOURCE:  News article, newspaper and date unknown, clipping found in the scrapbook of Susan Leach Sherman, Mother of Martha Shafer.


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