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Chester W. SHERIFF


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 6/2/2018 at 14:14:10

CHESTER W. SHERIFF (1907) is the manager of one of Luverne’s widely known manufacturing plants, the Luverne Pressed Brick company. He is a man in every way qualified for such a position, both from years of experience as a practical brick maker and as an organizer and developer of such industries. He located in Luverne in 1907 and in company with R. B. Hinkly formed the Luverne Brick & Tile company. He superintended the construction of the extensive plant and as secretary and manager of the company assumed the active supervision of the manufactory until February, 1910, when he sold his interest and retired from the company. Since that date he has held his present position.

James R. and Sarah (Chapman) Sheriff, the parents of our subject, the former a native of New York and the latter of Pennsylvania, were pioneer settlers of Faribault county, Minnesota, where Chester was born June 30, 1870. Five other children, all of whom are living, were born to this union. Their names are Etha, Simeon, John, Netta and Ida. Mr. and Mrs. James R. Sheriff are now residents of Livermore, Iowa. The family moved from Minnesota to Wright county, Iowa, when Chester was a seven year old boy. He assisted with the work of the home farm until nineteen years of age, when he went to the town of Goldfield, Iowa, where he commenced his career as a brick maker. After a short period of service he was promoted to the management of the brick yard at that place, a position he held nine years. He then moved to Livermore, Iowa, and there was instrumental in the organization of a company for the manufacture of drainage tile. Of this plant he was a principal owner and manager until disposing of his interests in 1906, the year previous to locating in Luverne. For five years Mr. Sheriff served the town of Livermore as its mayor. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen and Odd Fellows orders. At Goldfield, Iowa, September 17, 1889, our subject was married to Lilly H. Hawkins, a native of Wisconsin. Five children have been born to these parents: Helen H., James, Chester, Gertrude and Richard.

An illustrated history of the counties of Rock and Pipestone, Minnesota by Arthur P. Rose, 1911, pages 603-604.


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