Sherman Kimberly Ives was born in Goshen, Connecticut on April 18, 1902. He was the son of Fessenden Leverett Ives and Ellora (Kimberly) Ives.

He received his education in the local Grammar Schools of Goshen, Litchfield High School and graduated from the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Connecticut.

On August 14, 1924 he was married to Lida A. Skilton at Morris, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Joel White Skilton and Ida (Camp) Skilton.

To them the following children were born: Alden Allen; Virginia May; Bradford Sherman; Carolyn Eloise and Esther Isabelle Ives.

He served as Town Treasurer in the Town of Morris and was sent to the General Assembly representing his Town for 1952-53. He was a farmer during his early married life and operated the family two hundred acre farm in Goshen until 1930 when he moved to Morris. Since then he has been in the General Insurance Business, which he still operates. He is President of the Mutual Agents Association of Connecticut; a director of the Litchfield County Radio Corporation which owns and operates Radio Station WLCR in Torrington; he is a life member of both the Union Agricultural Society and The Goshen Fair Association as well as the Connecticut Poultry Producers and the Connecticut Dairymens Association of Connecticut; he is Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Connecticut Conference of Farm Organizations; Director of his local bank. The First National Bank of Litchfield; Vice-President of the Patrons Mutual Fire Insurance Company, past Trustee of the New England Grange Building and a member of the Litchfield County Farm Bureau. He is Past Master of St. Paul’s Lodge No. 11 of the Masonic Order. He is a member of the Congregational Church of Morris and serves as a member of its Trustees and a former deacon. He is a Republican.

He and his family have had a long record in Grange work. His grandfather for whom he was named was the last Master of the first State Grange and the first Master of the second State Grange. His mother was one of the first Patrons in Connecticut to achieve a Sixty-Year Membership record.

Besides many other offices he has been Master of both Litchfield and Morris Subordinate Granges, Master, Secretary, and Executive Committee Member of Mountain County Pomona Grange, Gatekeeper of the Connecticut State Grange for 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934, Assistant Steward for 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937, Overseer for 1938 and 1939, and he was the 17th Master of the present State Grange for 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1943; he served on the Executive Committee for 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, and 1949, and as Chairman of the Legislative Committee for 1951, 1952, and 1953.

His wife was Chairman of the National Grange Home Economics Committee for 1942, 1943, and 1944; and is the author of this book. Sister Ives was also Master of her local Grange and Secretary of Mt. County Pomona Grange for 18 years.

Several Subordinate and Juvenile Granges were organized during his administration which are as follows : Roxbury Grange No. 7 as its second organization; Madison Grange No. 120 as its second organization; Watertown Grange No. 122 as its second organization; Marlborough Grange No. 205; Obwebetuck Grange No. 206; Connecticut River Grange No. 207; Greenwoods Grange No. 208; Haystack Mountain Grange No. 209; Farmington Juvenile Grange No. 14, reorganized; Stonington Juvenile Grange No. 16, reorganized; Greenfield Hill Juvenile Grange No. 37; Mattabessett Juvenile Grange No. 38; Plainville Juvenile Grange No. 39; Mystic Juvenile Grange No. 40; Bethlehem Juvenile Grange No. 41; Victory Juvenile Grange (No. 42 and Konomoc Juvenile Grange No. 43; Easton Juvenile Grange No. 44; Silyer Lake Juvenile Grange No. 45; Old Lyme Juvenile Grange No. 46; Lisbon Juvenile Grange No. 47; and Haystack Mountain Juvenile Grange No. 48.

Brother Ives is a man whose love for the Grange and its ideals come before his thoughts of his own personal welfare. He always has time to greet his fellow Grangers and rejoice with them in their gladness or sympathize with them in their sorrow.

Story source:
Ives, Lida Skilton “The Grange in Connecticut” (The Dowd Printing Company: Winsted, Connecticut, 1953) p. 172

Image source:
Connecticut Granger (Winchester Center, CT: Connecticut Granger, Inc., September 2017) Vol. 57, No. 12, p. 12