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SHERE, PIERCESON Families
The Tampico Area Historical Society encompasses parts of Whiteside County and Bureau County in Illinois. Focus is on Tampico, Hume Twp., Hahnaman/Deer Grove, & Prophetstown in Whiteside County & Yorktown & Thomas in Bureau County.
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Guest
Feb 16, 2002
8:53 PM
Denise- This new site is great!!! Thanks for all your hard work and the help you have given me (and others) in helping me discover more about my Tampico "roots". Deb Peterson
Administrator
Feb 22, 2002
12:46 PM
You're very welcome Debra; it's my pleasure, really! For others reading this, Debra has "roots" with the SHERE and PIERCESON families. If you have an interest in these family names, please post here....you may hook up with a relative! I also have copies of Funeral Records for the Pierceson family. Please contact me if you would like copies.

Last Edited by Administrator on Feb 22, 2002 1:31 PM
Guest
Guest
Mar 15, 2003
3:01 PM
Hello My name is Bonnie Swanson and i have a picture postcard of my grandmother that has this written on it
Aunt & Uncle Mr&Mrs Will Shere Tampico Ill. Their daughter married your dads cousin Jack Pierceson Rock Fall, Ill.
In the correspondence area someone wrote This was taken when your mother was about 18 I think. Her name Vera Dow was at the top. I know my grandmother was not the daughter of Will Shere, but would like to know if you know anyone who might know who is who. BSwanson49@aol.com
Administrator
Denise
33 posts
Mar 26, 2003
4:50 PM
FYI - Debra and Bonnie have been in contact and it was a good connection! So keep posting your queries, you just never know when a relative will surf in...................
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Denise
Bonnie Swanson
Guest
Jul 28, 2003
4:50 PM
Dear Denise
Hello again, I am the lady who you introduced Debbie Peterson to. While looking for some pictures,I found a picture of my fathers that says "Craddock School-April 3rd, 1905". Four of the eight children are named on the cardboard backing. Lamon, Tampico, ILL. in pressed into the cardboard also. Their is two women in the picture also. The children named are Olive, Orville,Vivia,Vera Dow. Vera Dow was my fathers mother. Do you have a copy or would you like me to copy this one and send it to you.
I'am trying to make a trip out there the weekend of August 15 and meet Debbie. I was in Tampico on Wed. July 9, to find the library and Historical Society closed. A nice lady from the Reagan Museum let me in to the library to see if I could fine my GGrandparents obituaries, but we didn't. What I did fine was my GGmothers funeral record, which listed her parents who I had no idea who they where. Now I have their names and hope to fine out more. This is running on and I better go, hope to meet you when I get back out their. Bonnie Swanson bswanson49@aol.com
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Guest
Jan 16, 2006
8:38 AM
does anyone know who robert L shere married, he was the son of jessie and eloise shere. thanks. mike shere, email address is mjshere@comcast.net
LesN
31 posts
Jan 16, 2006
7:23 PM
Michael,
I too have a blank for Robert L. SHERE.
But I have another question - Why are there so many SHERE's with a middle initial of "L"??
Robert L.
Jesse L.
Bessie L.
Les
Debra L. Peterson
4 posts
Jan 16, 2006
7:54 PM
As Long as we are asking questions- does anyone know what the L. stands for? Deb
Debra L. Peterson
7 posts
Jan 16, 2006
8:07 PM
Michael- Before I was born there used to be a Shere reunion at Lawrence Park in Rock Falls,Il. I think my mom said that my dad had a cousin named Bob Shere and that he was married to a German woman named Lena. I do not know this to be a fact as my Mom is 84 and her memory is not always correct. I have a picture of this woman she said is Lena at the reunion so may be she is correct. What Shere's are you related to if I may ask? Deb
mike shere
Guest
Jan 17, 2006
1:32 AM
debra, my mothers name was LISA ,and we were from germany.my sisters name is HELGA. The L in all the names stand for LEROY. we arrived in yorktown in 1948 and lived on the shere hill farm until 1950 then moved to arkansas.Do you know where Brown school was? thanks for the responce.
Debra L. Peterson
8 posts
Jan 17, 2006
5:13 AM
Good morning Michael- My mother was partially right- she did say Lisa not Lena . I thought she said she was married to Robert but apparently not. What is your father's name? I am not sure how old you are- do you remeber the Shere reunuions? I will have to look up that picture- I think my brother is in it also. My father was Glen Pierceson- his grandfather was Will Shere. Deb
Debra L. Peterson
9 posts
Jan 17, 2006
5:17 AM
I forgot to add that I do not know whrer the Brown school is but maybe Bob Johnson will chime in here he will probably know. My great Uncle Harry Shere moved to Arkansas and passed away there. Do you know if he was any where near you?Deb
mike shere
Guest
Jan 17, 2006
5:52 AM
Robert L Shere and my mother Lisa were married in Berlin Germany in 1948. Helga and I are his step-children ,we were adopted in 1948 in germany. Helga is 66 years old and I am 64. When we arrived in Yorktown we could not speak any english, so it was a difficult time, we didnt even know what grasshoppers were.That picture you have of the reunion, I played with little boy. Glen and his wife were good friends with Robert and Lisa. Could you sen a picture? Thanks for the memories. mike
Debra L. Peterson
10 posts
Jan 17, 2006
6:02 AM
Michael- How wonderful! That little boy would have been my brother "Erwin". He passed away in 1997. It has been awhile since I have seen that picture but I am sure I still have it. I am on my way to work in a few minutes but will look for it tonight. Can you send your mailing address to me debra@wmccinc.com. I will send a copy to you. Deb
mike shere
Guest
Jan 17, 2006
6:07 AM
my address Michael Shere 1615 Winbourne ct. North Little Rock,Ar 72116 My telephone number is AC 501 753 2920. thanks mike
BOB JOHNSON
Guest
Jan 17, 2006
5:40 PM
THE BROWN SCHOOL.
LOCATED 2 MILES WEST AND ABOUT 1 MILE SOUTH OF YORKTOWN, ON A CORNER.
IT IS STILL THERE. BOB KEULPER MADE A HOME OUT OF IT. THAT IS ABOUT ALL I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT IT THO.
BOB JOHNSON
mike shere
Guest
Jan 17, 2006
5:51 PM
Debra , Robert L and my mother Lisa passed away, he in 1989 and she in 1975.
mike shere
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
2:37 AM
Bob, thanks for the information, I have some good memories from that school. Do you know where or anythimg about these names: Gary Myers, Judy and Dewayne Hostettler,and Betty Kuelper. thanks mike.
bob johnson
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
8:20 AM
MIKE SHERE,
I HAVE NOT FOUND OUT ANYTHING ABOUT GARY MYERS YET. JUDY HOSTETLER MARRIED STANLEY KROPF AND THEY LIVE IN NASHVILLE, ARK. DEWAYNE HOSTETLER ALSO LIVES IN NASHVILLE, ARK.
BETTY KUELPER, I BELIEVE LIVES IN PRINCETON, IL. SHE LOST HER HUSBAND, DON HOTCHKISS OF MANLIUS, ABOUT A YER OR TWO AGO.
THAT IS ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.
BOB JOHNSON
BOB JOHNSON
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
8:21 AM
MIKE,
A YER IS THE SAME AS A YEAR!!!
mike shere
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
10:26 AM
Bob, thanks for the update,I gave Dewayne a call in Nashville. Find out who the teacher was in 1948,49 etc. thanks. mike
BOB JOHNSON
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
2:17 PM
MIKE,
NOW, YOU ARE ASKING SOME HARD QUESTIONS!!
GARY MYERS MOVED AWAY FROM THE AREA A LONG TIME AGO AND THE WORD IS , HE HAS PASSED AWAY. HIS BROTHER IS STILL IN ANNAWAN AND WORKS AT THE COOP THERE.
I THINK MARTHA BROWN WAS THE TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL IN 1948. OTHER TEACHERS WERE RITA WANNEMAKER, WHO LIVES IN HOOPOLE STILL, PHYLIS KAY, AND A MABEL YATES.
HOPE THIS BRINGS BACK SOME MEMORIES.
BOB
mike shere
Guest
Jan 18, 2006
4:05 PM
Bob, The questions cant be to hard, you are coming through so far. thanks. mike
Administrator
Denise
304 posts
Jan 18, 2006
4:34 PM
The following "Gary Myers" show up on SSDI:

Name Birth Death Last Residence Last Benefit SSN Issued

GARY MYERS 04 Nov 1937 Sep 1968 (not specified) (none specified) 343-30-6415 Illinois

GARY MYERS 24 Dec 1947 Jan 1969 (not specified) (none specified) 351-44-0615 Illinois

GARY A MYERS 01 Dec 1959 28 Jul 2003 (P) (72) (none specified) 353-56-0682 Illinois

GARY L MYERS 13 Oct 1943 10 Dec 2004 (V) (FO) (none specified) 358-36-0069 Illinois

GARY MEIER 23 Aug 1940 Apr 1987 (not specified) (none specified) 331-34-8561 Illinois

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Denise
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

Last Edited by on Jun 23, 2007 10:32 PM
BOB JOHNSON
Guest
Jan 19, 2006
7:26 AM
MIKE SHERE,
I HAVE A NEIGHBOR, JOANNE VANDEVELDE DOTY, THAT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE YOU LIVED, WHEN OVER BY YORKTOWN, AND YOUR PARENT'S NAMES.
THANKS
mike shere
Guest
Jan 19, 2006
9:26 AM
Bob, My folks name was Robert L and Lisa Shere and we lived up stairs where Jessie and Eloise Shere lived. I think Freddie Seyler lives now, back then it was called SHERE HILL FARM. I found out who Robert L was married to the first, her name was JARELEIEN WALLACE, nickname Gerrie. Maybe you can come up with something on her. thanks keep in touck. mike
Debra L. Peterson
12 posts
Jan 19, 2006
2:49 PM
Mike- I mailed the picture this morning- you should have it in a few days. Deb
mike shere
Guest
Jan 23, 2006
1:39 PM
Debra, got your pictures today, I got mine back from the photo shop today, and yes it shows your mother and erwin. I will send you a copy to keep, and some pictures for Deneis,could you see that she gets them? thanks .mike shere
MikeS
1 post
Jan 24, 2006
11:29 AM
Debra, you should get the pictures by xmail 25 or 26 jan06 . I also sent a copy to the historical society. thanks. mike shere
Debra L. Peterson
13 posts
Jan 24, 2006
6:33 PM
Mike- looking forward to getting them- glad you got yours. It's so nice to have someone who appreciates them after all these years. I'll post when I get them. Deb
Administrator
Denise
307 posts
Jan 26, 2006
11:07 AM











Mike,


I received your “goodie package” today! Thank you sooooooo much! Photos have been posted in
the SHERE FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM.


Thank you again!


Denise






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Denise
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society
Debra L. Peterson
15 posts
Jan 26, 2006
2:50 PM
Mike- I got the pictures today and I am so happy- I am just leaving to visit my Mom for the night and show her the pictures. I will post again when I return home. Deb
Debra L. Peterson
17 posts
Jan 26, 2006
5:54 PM
Mike- I can not thank you enough for the pictures- I was amazed when I opened the envelope. I never thought I would ever know what John Ellis Shere or Ambrose Shere looked like. My mother was so happy to see these pictures- thank you for bringing back those memories for her. You and your wife Judy are such an attractive couple- is that Little Rock in the background? Thank you also for sending the pictures to Denise so she could post them- they are treasures for the Shere family now and in the future. iam sending you an e-mail. Deb
MikeS
2 posts
Jan 29, 2006
7:03 AM
Debra, the buildings in the background are in Detroit,MI,I think we were across the river in Windsor Canada. Thanks mike

Last Edited by MikeS on Jan 29, 2006 7:04 AM
Anonymous
Guest
Jan 29, 2006
9:48 AM
It made a very impressive background- the reunion post have been moved under the topic "Yorktown reunion"- still trying to figure out a date. Is June the best time for you?
MikeS
3 posts
Jan 29, 2006
10:56 AM
Debra, anytime is OK with us.
Debra L. Peterson
21 posts
Jan 29, 2006
6:23 PM
I Have contacted some Dow/Shere relatives to see if they are interested- will know more about the date when they reply. Deb
Brad
1 post
Feb 01, 2006
5:45 AM
Mike,

Thank you for sharing the Shere family pictures. That was my first look at John E. Shere. I am a decendent of him through his oldest son, Thomas Shere. I have numerous family pictures from that time period that I would be happy to share with anyone interested.
Debra L. Peterson
24 posts
Feb 01, 2006
12:44 PM
Brad- That picture of John E. Is a gem isn't it. I would be interested in pictures from that era. Are you able to send them here to be posted? Deb
Brad
3 posts
Feb 01, 2006
4:52 PM
Deb,

Thank you for contacting me. I can't thank you, and Mike, enough. I know of the family past, but to see the past is amazing.

I can scan and download pictures. I will send them this weekend.

Last Edited by Brad on Feb 01, 2006 5:30 PM
Debra L. Peterson
25 posts
Feb 01, 2006
6:00 PM
Brad- It will be wonderful to get more pictures. It is so nice to put a face with a name. I have been so fortunate to have other Shere family members share their information with me. Deb
LesN
42 posts
Feb 03, 2006
8:14 PM
Brad,
Good to hear from you again. It's been a while.
Does your L match all the others?
Les
Administrator
Denise
310 posts
Feb 04, 2006
7:32 AM
Brad and/or Deb,
Would you consider emailing the photos to us? I will add them to the family album. You know you can print photos from this site. Better yet, you can "save" them to your photo editing program to edit or make copies, etc. Thanks.
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Denise
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society
Debra L. Peterson
28 posts
Feb 04, 2006
1:14 PM
Denise- I do not have a scanner but have some Pierceson photos I can photo copy and snail mail to you. Will that work? Deb
Administrator
Denise
313 posts
Feb 05, 2006
1:39 PM
Deb,
Sure, I'll take them however I can get them! You wouldn't be planning on attending the Reagan Birthday party tomorrow (Monday) would you? If so, you could drop them off then. Otherwise, you know the address, right? Thanks so much!
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Denise
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society
Debra L. Peterson
29 posts
Feb 05, 2006
7:47 PM
Oh I would love to attend the party but alas I have to work! I will try to get some pictures done this week. Can you send me your street address- I know how to get there but don't know the address. Deb
Debra L. Peterson
33 posts
Mar 20, 2006
6:47 PM
The Shere/ Pierceson-Dow/ Mckenzie reunion is scheduled for Saturday July 8 TH. Details will be posted at a later date. Deb Peterson
Administrator
Denise
333 posts
Mar 21, 2006
7:35 AM
Deb,
I mentioned the reunion at our last TAHS meeting and suggested we have our Yorktown Cemetery walk on same day. They were very much open to it. Would this be conducive with the reunion plans? My goodness, it would be like a living, walking "History Book"! I hope you folks will consider it.

Oh, don't forget about the bed and breakfast here in Tampico. It is awesome and would be a great meeting place for you. It is huge, with full facilities, huge yard, huge screened-in porch (about 10 tables/chairs), huge basement with gym equipment, TV, pool table, bar, extra beds, etc. Most bedrooms have their own bath. One is on first floor with handi-capped accessable private bathroom. If you go to our "Table of Contents" on this site, scroll down to AREA ATTRACTIONS & ACCOMODATIONS and click on Canal House B&B, you can see pictures of it. For more details, contact Terry or Beverly: 815-438-2096 (July is busy month for them, so contact at your earliest convenience). I have recommended several people to it and they just loved it!
Thanks,
Denise
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Denise
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

Last Edited by Administrator on Mar 21, 2006 7:44 AM
Debra L. Peterson
34 posts
Mar 21, 2006
9:35 PM
Oh Denise! I think the cemetery walk would be wonderful on that day- Richard Hinton has some thins he would like to do then also but I am still waiting to hears back from him. I will got take a look at the B&B. Deb
aljohn
1 post
Apr 12, 2006
9:26 PM
I am Allen Johnson my Grand mother Lilly Mae Shere,
g grandfather, William E. Shere, and gg grandfather, John
Ellis Shere. I am Looking For pictures or anything on
William E Shere and John Ellis Shere. e-mail me at
aljohn@clear.net THANKS Allen Johnson

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