|T. W. Sheridan
Born October 9, 1859
|T. W. Sheridan, a prosperous farmer and dairyman of Richland township, was born on the farm on which he now lives October 9, 1859, and is a son of James and Rosanna (Boyle) Sheridan. The parents were both natives of Ireland and after coming to this country located in Pennsylvania, where they remained six or eight years. Some time in the early '40s they came to Jones county, Iowa, acquiring a tract of land from the government. It was in the first years of the colonization of this part of the state so that some of their experiences here were those of pioneers in a new land, necessitating a great deal of courage to meet all the hardships which they had to encounter and overcome. Although they did not live to enjoy the sight of the full development of this county, in 1875, when the mother died, and in 1880, when the father's death occurred, many changes had transpired which told of the line of progress. Nine children were born to them, who assisted them in the struggles of those early years. They were Frank M., who is living in Galesburg, Illinois; James L., deceased; John A., now living in Warren county, Illinois; Mary A., who is the wife of Jesse Seymore, of Seattle, Washington; Abby J., who lives on the homestead; T. W., the subject of this sketch; Patrick A., who is living in California; Steven H., who makes his home with his brother, T. W.; and one who died in childhood.
At the age of ten years T. W. Sheridan started to make his own way in the world. When many boys have little thought for anything besides play he was not only planning how he might obtain the money for his own needs but also how he might render assistance to his parents. He was able, nevertheless, to obtain a fair education in the county schools, while he learned those lessons even more important relative to the best use of one's time and the value of thrift and industry. Now he and his brother Steven own the old homestead, on which they conduct a profitable business in dairying and in the raising of fancy chickens. It is a tract of two hundred acres, a part of which is tilled by approved methods for a system of diversified agriculture, and part used as pasture land for their large herds of cattle.
The brothers have given their allegiance in political matters to the democratic party, and while they are not office seekers, T. W. Sheridan has rendered efficient service as a school director. He is a member of the Cascade Lodge, NO. 1077, M.W.A., and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus in that village. In both organizations he is very active, being ever willing to exert him self in promoting the welfare of his fraternal brothers. His allegiance in religious matters is given to the Catholic church.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 238.
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