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Minor Leslie Sherwood, Sr.


Edna and Minor Sherwood

Minor Leslie Sherwood Sr. was born on Aug. 2, 1883 at Cardington, Morrow County, OH, the son of Lester and Margaret (Miner) Sherwood.

When he was age 26 and still a bachelor in 1910, Minor lived at home with his mother and stepfather in Cardington and was employed as an insurance agent.

Minor married Edna Belle (Lust) Peak (June 9, 1889-1933), the widow of Emlin Everett Peake (1881-1914). She was the daughter of German immigrants Valentine and Lena (Hurt) Lust. Minor was six years older than his bride.

Edna had two children from her previous marriage -- Lana Welsh and George V. Peak.

Minor and Edna went on to have two sons of their own -- Minor L. Sherwood, Jr. and Wilford Sherwood.

Minor's employer circa 1911 was Metropolitan Insurance Company. He work was questioned when he was accused of embezzling $69.51 of company money. Reported the Mansfield News-Journal


Bird's-eye view of Columbus, Ohio

Chief Feeney had gone to the home of a brother-in-law who lives in the country near Mt. Gilead. Accordingly the head of the police department there telephoned to the sheriff at Mt. Gilead, stating that he held a warrant for Sherwood's arrest and asking him to apprehend and hold him. The sheriff made the trip into the country near Mt. Gilead but on his arrival at the house was informed that the man wanted had left there and gone to Akron. The chief upon receiving this report got into communication with the Akron police department and inside of a couple of hours word came back that Sherwood was under arrest there.

Minor was indicted by a grand jury on charges that he actually had converted $215.43 in Metropolitan funds for his own use. The case went to trial in May 1911 during the criminal term of the Richland County (OH) Court of Common Pleas. The News-Journal reported that a "large number of witnesses have been subpoenaed in this case, about 35 in all so far, of whom 21 are for the state. It is expected that this criminal case will occupy the balance of the week." The case came to an early and unexpected end when he changed his plea to "guilty" and was sentenced to a year at hard labor in the Ohio Penitentiary.


Morrow County Independent

Apparently having served his term, Minor was released from prison, and the family relocated by 1920 to Springfield, Summit County, OH. There, Minor was able to re-enter the life insurance business as an agent.

The Sherwoods were back in Cardington circa 1931.

Stricken with a serious inflammation of the inner lining of her uterus and gallbladder at the age of 43, Edna was admitted to Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus. She underwent a hysterectonomy but developed a post-operative obstruction. She died on Jan. 18, 1933, at the young age of 44. She was buried at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.

Minor outlived his wife by 17 years. He eventually relocated into the state capitol city of Columbus, Franklin County, OH, with an address of 770 Bellows Avenue. He was employed there during the World War II years as an employee of Schiff Shoe Copmany at 33 North Fourth Street. Later, having moved to 318 East Broad Street, he was a machinist with Curtiss-Wright, a manufacturer of airplane components.

He suffered from prostate cancer, and was admitted to St. Anthony's Hospital in Columbus. There, he succumbed to the Angel of Death on New Year's Eve 1950, at the age of 67. An obituary was published in the Morrow County Independent. He is buried beside his wife in Columbus.


Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH


~ Son Minor Leslie Sherwood Jr. ~

Son Minor Leslie Sherwood Jr. (1918- ? ) was born on Nov. 19, 1918 (or 1917) in Akron, Summit County, OH.

As a young man, he was employed as a waiter.

On Nov. 19, 1939, when he would have been age 21, he was united in wedlock with 19-year-old waitress Jean Teeple (Aug. 18, 1920- ? ), daughter of J.A. and Nellie (Bell) Teeple of Mt. Gilead, Morrow County. Rev. L. Eugene Rush, pastor of the Trinity Methodist Church of Mt. Gilead, led their wedding ceremony.

The newlyweds first lived with Jean's widowed sister, Alice Dix, in Mt. Gilead, as per the 1940 U.S. Census. He was employed as a machinist for an electric company and she as a hotel waitress.

Minor served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II with the 322nd Bomb Training Group.

After the war, circa 1950, Minor resided in Cincinnati.

He died at the age of 49 on Aug. 5, 1967. Interment was in the Dayton National Cemetery.


Cincinnati skyline, with the Union Terminal in the foreground


~ Son Wilford Sherwood ~

Son Wilford Sherwood ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

He lived in Columbus, Franklin County circa 1950.

He was a taxi driver in Columbus for many years. He was well known as a square dance "caller" including events held in and around the city.


~ Stepdaughter Lana (Peake) Welsh/Welch ~

Stepdaughter Lana Peake (1910- ? ) was born in about 1910. 

Lana was joined in marriage with (?) Welsh/Welch.

Her address in 1933 was 191 Orchard Lane in Columbus. Then in the 1940s, she lived at 985 Veron Road in Bexley, OH.


~ Stepson George V. Peake ~

Stepson George V. Peake (1913-1979) was born on June 22, 1913 in Columbus.

During World War II, he was a member of the U.S. Navy.

Later, he made a home in Oregon. He succumbed there on July 11, 1979. His remains are in eternal repose in Eagle Point National Cemetery in Jackson County, OR.


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