Thomas Daniel "Tom" SHERFICK

Thomas Daniel "Tom" SHERFICK

Male 1901 - 1968  (67 years)

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  • Name Thomas Daniel "Tom" SHERFICK 
    Nickname Tom 
    Born 6 Jan 1901  Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Dec 1968  Washington, Daviess County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Spring Hill Cemetery, Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In 1925 Tom Sherfick owned a Dahlia Farm in New Albany, Indiana where children were born. Also had bee farm and Honey Sales.

      In 1946 Tom Sherfick owned a furniture factory in Shoals that employed at peak production 208 people. The factory made television cabinets for Admiral and Philco as well as the cabinets for Farnsworth Radio out of Marion, Indiana. One of the employees of the television company working at the factory was Don Bowling, future mayor of Loogootee, Indiana.

      Later, the Sherfick Furniture Factory started producing tables and china cabinets for Tell City Furniture of Tell City, Indiana. Fire destroyed the factory while sons were in service in Korean War on April 17, 1952.

      In March 1965 Sherfick Music Company closed operations, including offices in Evansville and Terre Haute. At peak production, the company employed 44 people.

      Tom Sherfick died of a heart attack while at a local restaurant. He died in the ambulance before reaching the hospital.

      Obituary:
      Thos.D. Sherfick Dies Unexpectedly

      Thomas D. Sherfick, 67, Shoals, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Daviess County Hospital at 3:45 PM Tuesday (12-10-68) Mr. Sherfick, an insurance salesman, was a member of the United Methodist Church, I.O.O.F., Shoals Lions Club, Modern Woodsman Lodge, and the Washington Elks Club. He was engaged in the manufacturing business in Shoals for many years and was widely known. He was born Jan 6, 1901 in Martin County, a son of the late Samuel S. Sherfick and Becky Ann Tredway Sherfick. He married Jessie Tredway and she survives. Other survivers include one daughter, Mrs. William Peay, Evansville; two sons, James E. Sherfick, Shoals; Charles William Sherfick, of Columbus, IN; two brothers, Samuel Sherfick of New Albany; John Sherfick, Indianapolis, three sisters, Mrs. Grace Hundley, Monticello, IN, Everett Sherfick, Shoals; and one half-sister, Mrs. Jessie Pendley, Greenfield, IN. Funeral in Shoals, 1:00PM Friday witht the Rev. Bruce Buckley officiating and burial in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 11:00 AM Thursday.
      From the Washington Times-Herald dated Dec. 11, 1968
    Person ID I168  My Family Tree | Sherfick Side
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2009 

    Father Samuel S. SHERFICK,   b. 3 Nov 1867, Washington County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1941, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Rebecca Anna "Becky Ann" TREDWAY,   b. 9 Mar 1875, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1957, Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 7 Sep 1899  Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F69  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Elizabeth Jane "Bettie" HUTTON,   b. 16 Aug 1904, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1991, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1924  Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Lucille Allene SHERFICK,   b. 4 Jan 1925, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 2006, Huntingburg, Dubois County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Thomas Lee "Tommy" SHERFICK,   b. 11 Oct 1926, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1954, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
    +3. Charles William "Billy" SHERFICK, Senior,   b. 14 Jul 1928, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 2005, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +4. James Edward "Ed" SHERFICK,   b. 3 Feb 1930, New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 2012, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Sherfick Inc.
    Music Service: Sherfick Logo with phone number
    Music Service: Sherfick Logo with phone number
    Water slip decal associated with Sherfick Music Company
    Albums
    Tom and Bettie Sherfick
    Tom and Bettie Sherfick (16)
    Photos of Tom Sherfick and Bettie Hutton Sherfick, their second spouses, their children, and children's spouses.
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F62  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Jessie Vernan TREDWAY,   b. 12 Jul 1909, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1973, Martin County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1942 
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2005 
    Family ID F63  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Jan 1901 - Martin County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jun 1924 - Martin County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Dec 1968 - Washington, Daviess County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Spring Hill Cemetery, Shoals, Martin County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Tom Sherfick
    Tom Sherfick
    Ed, Bill, and Tom Sherfick with their dad
    Ed, Bill, and Tom Sherfick with their dad
    3 sons and father looking dapper.
    Tom and Three Sons
    Tom and Three Sons
    Another photo in Tom Sherfick's driveway. Notice the Queen Funeral Home in the background (before the current remodeling).
    Grandpa in the Dahlias
    Grandpa in the Dahlias
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Bill, Donna, and Tom Sherfick
    Bill, Donna, and Tom Sherfick
    Tom and Bettie
    Tom and Bettie

    Headstones
    Thomas Daniel Sherfick
    Thomas Daniel Sherfick
    Thomas Daniel Sherfick and brother Samuel Sherfick
    Thomas Daniel Sherfick and brother Samuel Sherfick
    Sherfick Brothers

    Histories
    Shoals High School, Junior Class in 1919
    Shoals High School, Junior Class in 1919
    Girls' Row: Grace Baker, Henrietta Rogers, Mae Tredway, Mary Siebert, Pauline Baker, Mary Ellis.

    Boys' Row: Wiley Poindexter, Charles McCarty, Thomas Sherfick, Claybourne Engleman, Frank Haga.

    Videos
    Sherfick Reunion
    Sherfick Reunion
    These are pictures from a Sherfick Reunion held at the home of Tom and Bettie Sherfick. In the same album were pictures from various families or friends. I don't know who these people are. If anyone can identify them, please let me know. The first few pictures are of Tom, Bettie, Tom's mother and sisters, and Tom's sisters' families.

    Sherfick Inc.
    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.
    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
    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."
    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
    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.
    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
    Dahlia: Tom in the Dahlia Field
    Dahlia: Tom in the Dahlia Field
    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)
    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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    Music Service: Sherfick Music Company, about 1939-1941
    Music Service: Sherfick Music Company, about 1939-1941
    Thomas D. Sherfick, Ellis Licht, Jessie V. Stiles, Jessie Tredway, Vera Miller, Edna Mae Keller
    Music Service: Sherfick Music Service
    Music Service: Sherfick Music Service
    Taken about 1946 as Tommy was in the Service, Ed and Bill were students at Shoals High School. Howard Sherfick also was back from military service.

    Left to right, First Row kneeling:
    Robert Abel, Herman "Pluto" Brown, Phillip Thimbling, Unknown Love (drummer in the Sherfick Orchestra), Clay Gammon, Casey Asbell, Curt Abel (witness at Tom and Bettie's wedding).

    Second Row standing:
    Bud Paffenberger (top salesman from Jasper, IN), unknown man from Terre Haute operations, Raymond Fox, Unknown man (owned Gary Salmon's barbershop building and was a janitor), another unknown man from Terre Haute, Ernie Beavers, Noble Ferguson, Bill Mullis (Lucille Sherfick's first husband), Howard Sherfick, Morris Gillick (did punch boards from Loogootee, IN), Thomas D. Sherfick.
    Music Service: Thomas D. Sherfick
    Music Service: Thomas D. Sherfick
    Music Service: 1941 Blowup of Tom Sherfick beside Train
    Music Service: 1941 Blowup of Tom Sherfick beside Train
    Music Service: Music Service and Tom with his cars
    Music Service: Music Service and Tom with his cars
    Closeup view
    Music Service: Thomas Daniel Sherfick Photo Op 1 For Wurlitzer
    Music Service: Thomas Daniel Sherfick Photo Op 1 For Wurlitzer
    Music Service: Tom, Tommy, Jessie, and Barbara at Wurlitzer function
    Music Service: Tom, Tommy, Jessie, and Barbara at Wurlitzer function
    Music Service: Randy Atcher and Tom Sherfick
    Music Service: Randy Atcher and Tom Sherfick
    Another Photo in the Music Service at Shoals, IN.

    From Rex Sims:
    Randy Atcher was the star of T-Bar-V-Ranch Time, a children's TV show that ran in the 1950's and 1960's on WHAS 11 in Louisville, KY.
    Bio: Thomas D. Sherfick Is Made a Kentucky Colonel
    Bio: Thomas D. Sherfick Is Made a Kentucky Colonel
    July 28, 1968

    Scrapbook Pages
    Young Sherficks
    Young Sherficks
    Lucille and Tom Sherfick in Dahlias
    Lucille and Tom Sherfick in Dahlias
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Tom and Jessie Sherfick
    Tom and Jessie Sherfick
    In the Sherfick Garden, Shoals
    In the Sherfick Garden, Shoals
    Tom and Bettie Sherfick, Dahlia business
    Tom and Bettie Sherfick, Dahlia business
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    They Called Him Grandmother, page 2
    They Called Him Grandmother, page 2
    They Called Him Grandmother, page 1
    They Called Him Grandmother, page 1
    3 Sons
    3 Sons