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Bio: Events In the Life Of Thomas D. Sherfick
Taken from the Shoals News; 5 Sep 1947
Bio: Events In the Life Of Thomas D. Sherfick Taken from the Shoals News; 5 Sep 1947
The old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” could well be taken as the motto by which Thomas D. Sherfick has achieved his latest and biggest success in that of Sherfick’s Inc. True, there has been other successes before this one, and there has been ventures that have failed. Always, though, Thom Sherfick has tried and tried again. As a result, we have Sherfick’s, Inc., a growing concern, employing one hundred and fifteen men and women, which is bringing much prosperity to Shoals and the surround community.
Click to read first page. Back page unfortunately was lost. 
 
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Bio: Thomas D. Sherfick Is Made a Kentucky Colonel
Bio: Thomas D. Sherfick Is Made a Kentucky Colonel
July 28, 1968 
 
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Bio: Thomas Sherfick Bio in Indiana Book
Bio: Thomas Sherfick Bio in Indiana Book
Indiana From Frontier to Industrial Commonwealth
By John Donald Barnhart, Donald Francis Carmony
Published by Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1954
Item notes: v. 3, page 60
Original from the University of Virginia
Digitized Jan 17, 2008 
 
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Bio: Tom Sherfick Speaks Before Lions Club
Bio: Tom Sherfick Speaks Before Lions Club
The Shoals Lions Club met Monday night, April 22, in the Shoals library. The business meeting started promptly at 8:00 p.m. after the regular dinner, which was served at 7:00 p.m. at the Shoals Café. The meeting was opened by Al Friesenhengst, president of the club.
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Dahlia: Bettie at Indiana Dahlia Farm
Dahlia: Bettie at Indiana Dahlia Farm
The Indiana Dahlia Farm was located near New Albany, Indiana. 
 
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Dahlia: Dahlia Field
Dahlia: Dahlia Field
This is a dahlia field in Shoals, Indiana. 
 
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Dahlia: Gladiolas were also grown at Sherfick Farms
Dahlia: Gladiolas were also grown at Sherfick Farms
This is a view of the Sherfick flower operation in Shoals in 1924. 
 
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Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm 1930 tuber list
Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm 1930 tuber list
 
 
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Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm letter
Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm letter
Thomas D. Sherfick signature
In pencil handwriting on the bottom:
This is our home how it looks.
Green barn h.
Backing house.
Big Road here.
 
 
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Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm was on Green Valley Road in New Albany, IN
Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farm was on Green Valley Road in New Albany, IN
Tom Sherfick purchased the Dahlia Farm from a florist by the name of Edward L. Kunsman on Sept. 19, 1924. The address Green Valley Road was found on a 1925 photo of honey salesmen in front of a pickup with advertising on the wooden slats. 
 
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Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farms letter back
Dahlia: Indiana Dahlia Farms letter back
This is the backside of the letter. In pencil handwriting it says:
Wish this was our home. 
 
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Dahlia: Issuance of New Catalogues Makes Another Step Up For
“Tom” Sherfick
Dahlia: Issuance of New Catalogues Makes Another Step Up For “Tom” Sherfick
From the Loogootee Tribune; Loogootee, Indiana
(Note in Bettie Sherfick’s hand: The catalogues were printed at Loogootee, Ind.--
3000 printed Jan 28, 1926) 
 
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Dahlia: Profitable Flower Business Begins With 4 Canna Bulbs
Dahlia: Profitable Flower Business Begins With 4 Canna Bulbs
Thomas Sherfick Invests $1.00 to Good Purpose
By J. J. Reid 
 
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Dahlia: Sherfick Farms
Dahlia: Sherfick Farms
This is a view from the road of Sherfick Farms, located in Lost River Township of Martin County, and originally owned by Samuel Sherfick and then his son Thomas Sherfick. 
 
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Dahlia: The Story of Dahlias cover
Dahlia: The Story of Dahlias cover
By Thos. D. Sherfick 
 
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Dahlia: They Called Him Grandmother
Dahlia: They Called Him Grandmother
Read Henry Wood's newspaper article to find out why they called Tom Sherfick "Grandmother." 
 
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Dahlia: THOMAS D. SHERFICK AND HIS INDIANA DAHLIA FARM
Boyhood Hobby Brings Good Fortune
Dahlia: THOMAS D. SHERFICK AND HIS INDIANA DAHLIA FARM Boyhood Hobby Brings Good Fortune
By Henry S. Wood
Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Indiana, Oct 17th, Agricultural Page 
 
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Dahlia: Thomas Sherfick purchases Indiana Dahlia Farm
Dahlia: Thomas Sherfick purchases Indiana Dahlia Farm
From the Washington Herald, the 19th of Sept. 1924, page 10. It seems odd that even though my Dad was born there, no one knows where the Dahlia Farm was, and it was supposed to be one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country. This article tells that it was purchased from E. L. Kunsman. The 1920 census shows an Edw. L. Kunsman, wife Katie & children, living in New Albany, the 29th Precinct, Floyd County, Indiana. Mr. Kunsman's parents were from Germany, but he was born in Kentucky and was able to speak German. His occupation was a labor and florist! Maybe that's why my Dad was named Edward? This info and the address I found on the honey farm picture may take me closer to finding the location of the Indiana Dahlia Farm! 
 
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Dahlia: Tom in the Dahlia Field
Dahlia: Tom in the Dahlia Field
 
 
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Flower Shop: Bettie's Flower advertisement
Flower Shop: Bettie's Flower advertisement
 
 
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Flower Shop: Jessie's Crafts and Flowers letterhead
Flower Shop: Jessie's Crafts and Flowers letterhead
 
 
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Flower Shop: Jug Rock Ashtray
Flower Shop: Jug Rock Ashtray
Sold at Jessie's Flowers
From the Collection of Sylvia Albaugh 
 
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Flower Shop: Plaster Jug Rock
Flower Shop: Plaster Jug Rock
Sold At Jessie's Flowers
From the Collection of Sylvia Albaugh 
 
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Furniture: 1947 Sherfick Furniture Factory Employees
Furniture: 1947 Sherfick Furniture Factory Employees
Bill Sherfick is sitting in the first row on the left end, and Ed Sherfick is the 7th from the left end. The photo was taken in June of 1947 and appeared on the front of the Shoals News paper on September 5, 1947. 
 
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Furniture: A view of the Tables and TV Cabinets made at Sherfick Factory
Furniture: A view of the Tables and TV Cabinets made at Sherfick Factory
This is a photo of the interior of the Sherfick Furniture Factory in Shoals, Indiana. Unfinished dining room tables and Farnsworth Television cabinets are awaiting the next process, staining and lacquer. 
 
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Furniture: Construction of the Hincher Factory
Furniture: Construction of the Hincher Factory
Lee D. Hincher applied for a patent which he received on February 20, 1912. This is a photo of the factory being built, probably soon after that. Thomas Sherfick would purchase the factory under the name of the Sherfick Manufacturing Company in 1945. 
 
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Furniture: Cutsinger Hotel and Hincher factory
Furniture: Cutsinger Hotel and Hincher factory
Looking south-east from what is now the Shoals News, this photo shows the Cutsinger Hotel (where the American Legion Post is now located). Lucille Sherfick stayed in this hotel while working for her father in Shoals before moving to the Evansville operations. There is a tie yard in front, which was run by Jim Baker, and beyond it is the Hincher factory that was later purchased by Tom Sherfick. 
 
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Furniture: Early Hincher Factory
Furniture: Early Hincher Factory
This is the Factory Tom Sherfick purchased for the Furniture Factory. 
 
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Furniture: Factory Fire
Furniture: Factory Fire
 
 
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Furniture: Fire At Sherfick Factory
Furniture: Fire At Sherfick Factory
On The Shoals News cover on April 25, 1952 
 
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Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Factory
Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Factory
Thanks From Tom Sherfick 
 
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Furniture: Fire At Sherfick Factory, Shoals News Article
Furniture: Fire At Sherfick Factory, Shoals News Article
FIRE DESTROYS SHERFICK MFG. CO. HERE THURSDAY MORNING (UPDATED WITH MISSING PAGE!)
The large brick and concrete block building, housing the Sherfick Manufacturing Company, was completely destroyed by a fast moving fire early Thursday morning. The flames, fed by lacquer, varnish and other finishing liquids spread so rapidly that the entire plant was in shambles within forty minutes after the fire started.
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Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Furniture Factory
Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Furniture Factory
 
 
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Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Furniture Factory
Furniture: Fire at Sherfick Furniture Factory
 
 
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Furniture: Fire Destroys Furniture Factory
Furniture: Fire Destroys Furniture Factory
 
 
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Furniture: Fire Ruins
Furniture: Fire Ruins
The ruins of the Sherfick Manufacturing Company in the aftermath of the fire in April 1952. 
 
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Furniture: Fire Sweeps Factory
Furniture: Fire Sweeps Factory
This is the shell of the Sherfick Manufacturing Company furniture plant at Shoals, swept yesterday by a $300,000 fire. 
 
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Furniture: Flames Destroy Only Industry In Shoals
Furniture: Flames Destroy Only Industry In Shoals
 
 
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Furniture: Rocking chair detail made at Sherfick Factory
Furniture: Rocking chair detail made at Sherfick Factory
Floral design 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory chest
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory chest
 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Corner Hutch
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Corner Hutch
 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Dining Room Table
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Dining Room Table
Notice harp/lyre design on chair back and claw feet with metal tips on the table legs. This model was called Duncan Fife. Sherfick furniture also has a mark underside the tables. 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Dining Room Table
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory Dining Room Table
Another kind of drop-leaf dining table. 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory end table
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory end table
Drawer hardware shown. 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory End Table
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory End Table
 
 
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Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory hardware on chest
Furniture: Sherfick Furniture Factory hardware on chest
 
 
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Furniture: Straight back chair made at Sherfick Factory
Furniture: Straight back chair made at Sherfick Factory
Another style made at the factory other than the music lyre. 
 
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Honey: 1930's Sherfick Bee Hive Honey Glass Container
Honey: 1930's Sherfick Bee Hive Honey Glass Container
This item was sent to me from a nice lady in Tallahassee, FL. Tracy sent it to me after Googling the Sherfick name on the label. It had been in her family for years. My Dad believes it to be the first glass container used in Sherfick Farms honey operations before the award-winning design later used. 
 
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Honey: Award Winning No-Drip Pitcher
Honey: Award Winning No-Drip Pitcher
Sherfick Farms was the recipient of the Gold Award Medal in the 1937 All-American Package Competition, 23 Mar 1938, in Chicago. There was a presentation dinner at the Hotel Stevens in Chicago. The award dinner was sponsored by Modern Packaging.

From the Collection of Sylvia Albaugh 
 
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Honey: Award winning No-Drip Pitcher Box
Honey: Award winning No-Drip Pitcher Box
 
 

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