By Althea R. Sherman
Written within the early a part of this century, Birds of an Iowa Dooryard is filled with meticulous and witty observations of species either avian and human.
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She kept membership in state and federal medical societies until her death. She appeared on their programs and contributed articles to their publications. Many of us well remember Dr. Sherman travelling the countryside with white horse and top buggy as a country doctor. Though both sisters were positive characters and had widely different interests, they were able to adjust such differences as might be expected to arise. It can be said with certainty that after their parents were gone, the only person that influenced either of them was the other of them.
For a time she was instructor in drawing at Carleton College and then supervisor of drawing in the public schools of Tacoma, Washington. In 1895 she returned to her ancestral home to help care for her aging parents. Any reference to the life history of Miss Althea R. Sherman is quite deficient without including a word about Dr. E. Amelia Sherman. The two sisters never married and from the time of the passing of their mother in 1902 until Dr. Sherman's passing in 1940 they occupied the Sherman Homestead together.
It was Miss Sherman's desire to publish a book on her nesting studies. The plan to write such a book evidently came late in lifetoo late for her to complete the actual work or to outline what she wished to include in it. Hers was a busy life, with numerous distractions from her bird work. The years rolled by all too rapidly and did not leave enough time for the book which she often mentioned. Thus this task was left to another to finish. The editor's problem, in preparing this book, was to select suitable material from a vast amount of information.