Isabel Ella (1849 - 1935)
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Surnames: Sherman, Dodge, Smith, Richardson, Longenecker
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 25 April 1935
Sherman, Isabel Ella (20 May 1849 - 17 April 1935)
Just as sunrise Wednesday morning, April 17, Mrs. Chas. Sherman, wary with life’s work and weak with long years, passed away at her home in this city - the home which had been hers for over fifty years.
Isabel Ella Dodge was born at Harvard, Ill., May 20, 1849, and has nearly reached the age of 86 at the time of her death.
When she was a small child, she came with her parents to Darien, Wis. Here she grew to womanhood. In 1888, she was married to Chas. Sherman, a veteran of the Civil War, the marriage taking place at Delevan, Wis. A few years after their marriage, with their two small children they went to Minnesota and took up a homestead. Here they endured great hardships. Unfriendly Indians menaced them and then came the "grasshopper years," when great swarms of locusts devoured their crops.
In 1883, they came to Neillsville, which remained their home.
Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sherman, William, at Hudson, Wis.; Merrill, Neillsville; Otis, who died in 1910; Alfred of Neillsville; Carrie, Mrs. Walter Smith, who died April 28, 1934; Charles of Wausau; Ella, who died when two years old; and Edward at home.
Mr. Sherman died in 1923. She leaves also 4 grandchildren and 3 little great granddaughters; also one sister, Mrs. Geo. Richardson and one brother, Ben Dodge, both of Racine.
Mrs. Sherman’s entire life was devoted to her home and family. For them she gave all her energies and made every sacrifice and her love and devotion will be long remembered by all who survive.
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