SHERMAN - The Minerva Free Library board is pleased to announce it recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to help defray the cost of replacing the handicap door entering the rear of the building.
The Minerva Free Library building was built in 1901 thanks to an offer from Oliver W. Norton who said he would put up a building for the library if the town would raise $500 for its support. In the late 1850's, the Norton family moved to Sherman and remained for a few years as he attended school at Sherman Central School, after which he served with the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Civil War.
At the end, he became involved in the manufacture of tin cans, the beginning of the American Can Company, where he became very wealthy. At that time, his brother, Grant, still lived in Sherman. Norton was interested in the welfare of the town. His many benefactors in Sherman included electric lights, a water system and, of course, the Minerva Library building. It is estimated that his gifts to Sherman were nearly $75,000. Norton also donated books from his personal collection to the library during that time period.
Sherman Stanley Hose Co. February donations, memorials
Jean Sheeham, Gary and Sue Nelson, Norm and Vicki Rater, Grant Pearsoll, Ohlssson's Repair, John Wolford, Mark Bemis, Jack and Roberta Freeman, Michael Thiem, Tracie Cederquist, Triple E. Manufacturing, William Shreve, Howard Crump, Jeanne Graham, Paul and Patricia Blesi, Jay and Marianette Bowen, Lictus Keystone, Tom and Arlene Druzbik, Gloria Finn, Howard and Rebecca Raven, Floyd Griswold, Barbara Koepnick, Art and Judy Roberts, George and Brenda Carlson, James and Sally Webb, Irene Plumb, Jim and Rose VanVolkenburg, Art and Judy Roberts, George and Brenda Carlson, James and Sally Webb, Irene Plumb, Robert Bedow Repair, Doug and Carol, Greg Rater, Joyce Ayers, Jamie and Rosemary Billquist, Mike and Barb Field, Ron Balducci, Garrett and Lisa Spitzer, Donna Thomas, Andy and Marilyn Jacobs, Minnie Cupp, Mark and Linda Lorenc, Norvel and Eleanor Auge, Hazel and John Aldridge, Johann Munger, Fred and Shelly Croscut, Norm Neckers, Sherman Service Center, Jean Hanrahan, Marie Hanraham, Jean Phelps, Bradley Smith, Perry and Mary Jane Douglas, Doug and Joan Frey, Sherman's Inn on Main St., Dick and Karen Crane, Kraug Sweeney General Contracting, Janet O. Blatt, Franklin and Jill Carter, William and Lucy Greaney, Gordon, Thomas Anderson, Roger Reid and Jessie Griswold, Gordon and Marsha VanEvery, Westfield Family Physicians, Doris Ohlsson, Ronald Reed, Donna Kargas, Paul and Pam Fisher, Community Band N.A. Sherman, Bob and Joan Person, Ivan and Clara Miller, Andrew and Jen Eshelman, Tinyh Paws Big Heart Rescue, Larry and Brian Fardink, Joanne and Patrick Breman, Alex and Nancy Palmer, Jim Mayshark, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stravato, Joyce Smith, Dana and Randy Boland.
Anna Hurst, Minnie Cupp, Norm and Carol Neckers, Gert Barringer, Anna Hurst
George Raven: Howard and Becky Raven
Alice Chambers: Jay and Marianette Bowen, Bessie Endress
Clayton Theme: Michael Theme
Helen Beckerink: Johann Munger
Millie Wasink: Bessie Endress
Jim and Rose VanVolkenburg
Mayville Senior Citizens
Happy birthday greetings
April 11: Allison Nacole Bedford, Jared Gleason
April 12: Lydianne Hostetler, Kadie Pacy, Andrew Snyder
April 13: Jake DeKay, Isabelle Aries Griswold, Marvin Miller, Paul Miller, Roberta Tenpas
April 14:Channey Goode, Chris Hammond
April 15: Kevin Cole, Jan Freligh, Tim Sears
April 1 6: Tim DeLand, Betty Dewey, Erin Marie Fisher, Daniel Miller, Dylan Mitchell, Mark Reynolds, Teri Lyn Dunlap
April 17: Bradley K. Smith
Happy anniversary greetings
April 12: Perry and Mary Jane Dougles
April 17: Steve and Annett Swan