WHITESIDE COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES - 1900
SHERMAN D. COLLINS is a leading and popular citizen of Erie, who is now successfully engaged in the real estate business. His ability, enterprise and straight forward dealings have gained for him an enviable reputation, and although he is still a young man comparatively, his popularity is established on a firm basis - that of his own well-tested merit.
Mr. Collins was born July 18, 1865, a son of James and Elizabeth Collins and he received his education in the public schools of Erie. He remained under the parental roof until he was married, September 4, 1890, to Miss Ida L. Waite, who was born September 20, 1862, a daughter of William and Mary A. Waite. They have child, Claude C., born August 16, 1892.
After his marriage, Mr. Collins was engaged in the hotel and restaurant business for some years, but now gives his attention to the real estate business, in which he is meeting with good success. He is a stanch supporter of the Republican party and its principles, and has ever taken an active and prominent part in local politics. As one of the leading and influential citizens of his town he has been honored with important official ppositions, having been a member of the board of trustees for eleven years, and president of the same for two terms. He is now serving in the latter capacity with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. Fraternally he is a member of Erie Lodge, No. 667, F. & A. M.; Evangeline chapter, No. 52, O.E.S.; and Acorn Lodge, No. 317, K.P.