HISTORY OF NEBRASKA.
J. H. O. Scherich, farmer and stockman, Inland, Neb. The estate which is owned by the subject of this sketch is one of the finest in Clay County, and it is but the repetition of a truth well known to say that no man is more deserving of the possessions which he enjoys than Mr. Scherich. He was born in York County, Pa, in 1842, but was reared near Harrisburg, Cumberland County, and was the fifth of a family of seven children, the result of the union of John and Rachel (Millard) Scherich, both natives of Pennsylvania, and the latter the daughter of Isaac Millard, of York County, Pa. John Scherich was a native of Lancaster County, his birth occurring in 1812, and was married in York County, Pa., to Miss Millard, who bore him the following children: Christian, Ann Jane, John A., Phoebe S., J. H. C., Rachel E. and Winfield. The father was a farmer by occupation, and also carried on the carpenter trade. He died in Pennsylvania in 1885. The mother was born in 1814 and is still living in the Keystone State. Both were members of the United Brethren Church. J.H.C Scherich received a good practical education in his native State, and in 1864 enlisted in Company F, Two Hundred and First Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served one year, or until the surrender. He was discharged in the fall of 1865. In the last named year he was married to Miss Margaret R. Kerr, a native Fulton County, Pa., born in 1842, and the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Blair) Kerr. Mr. Kerr died in 1854 but his wife, who was born in 1822, is now living and is a resident of Inland, Neb. After his marriage Mr. Scherich engaged in cultivating the soil, and in the spring of 1872 emigrated to Clay County, Neb., where he took up 160 acres of land, where he now lives, and to this he has since added eighty more acres. He has improved the same and is one of the substantial farmers of the county. He is interested in the raising of stock, Hereford cattle, Poland China hogs and Norman and Clydesdale horses. He has a good orchard and a nice grove on his place. Being one of the pioneers he has seen the complete growth and development of the county, and has aided in all matters pertaining to its general good. To his marriage were born eight children: Annetta (now Mrs. Charles Kelley, of Inland), Harry E., John F., Asher E., Carrie 0., Minnie M., Clarence R. and Millard B. , all at home. Mr. Scherich is considerably interested in political affairs and votes with the Republican party. He likes Nebraska, and thinks it a fine State for farming and stock raising. He is interested in schools and churches, and has been a member of the school board.