Sherman, Illinois Hstory

Sherman, Illinois is located north of Springfield, the capitol of Illinois. In 1858, four men, Virgil Hickox, Cornelius Flagg, Joseph Ledlie and David Sherman bought, surveyed and platted what is now called Sherman. The town’s name was a result of the luck of the draw. The four men placed their names in a hat and David Sherman’s name was drawn. One of the subdivisions in Sherman designated as Flaggland Parks, was named after Cornelius Flagg.

Early settlers in Sherman were predominately Italian and involved in the coal mining industry. Sherman was incorporated as a village in 1959 with a population of 209 people. John Jerome served as the first village president and held the position until his death in 1978. Sherwood Zimmerman was appointed to fill out the term and held the office until 1987. In April of 1987 Frank Meredith was elected as the Village President. Trevor Clatfelter was elected Village President in May 2007 and remains in that position today.

During the 1970’s, Sherman began to grow due to its close proximity to Springfield and Interstate 55. Sherman’s first growth was primarily residential. Sherman continues this growth pattern today and currently has a population of approximately 3,500 people. With this growth has come a surge of diverse service business expansion.

Sherman is the home of the Rail Golf Course. It is a championship 18 hole course which until 2007 hosted the annual Labor Day Rail Charity Golf Classic, the second longest running golf tournament in LPGA history. The event drew thousands of visitors to Sherman annually, and generated nearly two million dollars for local charities.

Sherman is considered a family oriented community with many organized youth activities. The school system is consolidated with the Village of Williamsville, which has a proud history of excellence in education and athletic success.

If you are searching for a safe place to raise your family, we ask that you consider visiting Sherman. We are proud of what we have to offer and welcome you and your family to see what we have to offer.