San Jose, California
Kate B. Sherwood
Our namesake is Kate B. Sherwood. Kate was the daughter of James and
Rebecca (Mullen) Brownlee of Poland, Ohio. She was born on September
24, 1841 in Poland, Ohio, and lived there until September 21, 1859, when
she married Isaac R. Sherwood, then a young officer in the Union Army.
Following the war, they moved to Toledo, Ohio where they raised two children, Lenora and James. Mrs. Sherwood was involved in many organizations, as a member, an officer, or a founder. Most of all, Mrs. Sherwood was devoted to the life of a soldier and was involved with all activities associated with The Grand Army of the Republic. Additionally, she was active with all activities leading to the betterment of her city, Toledo, Ohio and activities contributing to the welfare of children.
Mrs. Sherwood's personal accomplishments are too numerous to name. Among them, she was the devoted wife of Congressmen Isaac R. Sherwood; a poet, author, songwriter, editor, and publisher, in her right, (she published the Williams County Gazette while her husband was in the army); she was the editor of a Department of The Washington D.C. National Tribune; she was a national organizer and the first National President of the Women's Relief Corp of the GAR; she was a member of the National Council of Women and was involved with the Toledo University Extension Lecture courses. Kate B. Sherwood was called "brilliant." Kate B. Sherwood died on February 15, 1914.