Oral Interview of Lawrence Sherman

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Lawrence Sherman


Douglas H. Sillers



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Lawrence Sherman describes the work he did as president of the Farm Bureau and also his seventeen years of work with the Farm Extension Board. He discusses the crops he grew (corn, wheat, and barley), and his production records for Holstein cows and how he accomplished them. His milk production was 15,000 pounds of milk and 500 pounds of fat, when the average ten was 1,200 pounds of milk and 350-400 pounds of fat. He attributes his success to the use of fertilizers to increase the nutritional value of the hay, and describes the early days of fertilizer use in the 1930s. He also describes how he met his wife and her career, his relationship with the Farmer’s Union, and his experiences with cooperatives.


Lawrence Sherman was born May 29, 1907. He graduated from Ulen High School in 1925. He farmed from 1925 to 1964 and had a dairy operation during the same time (1928-1974). He married Aquina Vermaelen on March 18, 1961. He retired in November of 1974 and moved to Glyndon, Minnesota.

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Donald Sherman, Merle Sherman, Opal Sherman, Margaret Sherman, Cook, Kankel, Higby, Lofgren, Westin, Toevs, Herzog, Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Saxman, E.P. Johnson, Raymond L. Gesell, Anna Jardney, Pearle Gertrude Johnson Henrickson, Elwood Henrickson, Miss McMahon, Rosie Henrickson, Ruthie Anderson, Benton Rindahl, Peter Ole Solum, Clifford Oliver Solum, Blankenship, Vern Fobes, Keiselbach, Bannington, R.E. Duddles, Peterson, A.G. Andersen, Aquina Cecelia Vermaelen Sherman, Milton Gee, Douglas Sillers, Gaylord A. Saetre, George Sahlberg, Abraham Lincoln, Ignatius L. Donnelly, Alexander Ramsey, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ulysses Simpson Grant, William Jennings Bryan, Herbert Hoover


Farmers, Dairy farmers


Northern Pacific Railroad Company, University of Minnesota, 4-H clubs, Lutheran Church, Congregational churches, Presbyterian Church, Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.), Clay County Farm Bureau, Blue Cross, Michigan State University, University of Hawaii (System), American University of Beirut, Moorhead State University, University of Wisconsin, Alabama State College, Moorhead Public Library, Minnesota Herd Improvement Association, Clay County Fair Association, Central Livestock Association (U.S.), State Bank of Ulen, First Minneapolis Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Federal Land Bank, Northwestern Bank, United States. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, Minnesota Farmers Union, National Farmers Organization (U.S.), Cass-Clay Cooperative Creamery Association, Land O'Lakes Creameries, Minnesota Farm Bureau Service Company, Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ), Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party


Minnesota--Clay County, Minnesota—Farmington, Minnesota—Mapleton, Minnesota—Mankato, England, Minnesota—Ulen, Oregon, Washington (State), Minnesota—Glyndon, Minnesota—Faith, Minnesota--Twin Valley, Minnesota--Wild Rice River, Minnesota--Beltrami County, Minnesota—Bemidji, Alabama—Florence, Minnesota—Wadena, Minnesota—Menahga, Minnesota—Minneapolis, Minnesota--Becker County, Minnesota—Morris, Minnesota—Moorhead, Arizona—Mesa, Minnesota—Hawley, Minnesota--Park Rapids, Minnesota—Crookston, Minnesota—Barnesville, North Dakota—Fargo, Minnesota--South Saint Paul, Montana, North Dakota--West Fargo, Michigan, Minnesota—Hitterdal, Minnesota—Averill, Minnesota—Felton, Minnesota—Lockhart, Germany, Washington (State)—Seattle, Nebraska, Oklahoma--Fort Sill, Korea, Arizona—Phoenix, Pennsylvania—Gettysburg, Georgia


Emigration and immigration, Agriculture, Flour mills, Agricultural exhibitions, Dairy farming, Fertilizers

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S895 4752


Interview of Lawrence Sherman as part of Heritage Education Committee's Oral History Project.

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Oral Interview of Lawrence Sherman