August 2019 SFA President’s Tidbits

From Betty Shelden Knopf, Ed.D. ()

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SFA Reunion 2019, St Charles, Missouri
Wednesday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept 22
Best Western Plus "The Charles Hotel"
1425 South Fifth Street, St Charles, MO 63301

About our hotel - The Charles Hotel is located on Interstate 70, just 5 miles west of St. Louis Lambert International Airport. To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at 636.946.6936. Our group rate is $105 for a double queen room.

Be sure to mention the Sheldon Family Association and make your reservations before AUGUST 18, to get the group rate!

Breakfast is included, along with pillow-top beds, 32" TVs, high-speed internet, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers in every room. There is also an indoor pool and fitness room, and an electric charger for your car!
Within easy walking distance of the hotel is a Bass Pro Shop, Texas Roadhouse, Denny's, Walgreens, and Dunkin Donuts.

Wandering Can Be Fun!
When people travel, they often comment they went “wandering.” Sometimes people wander with a map, or a travel book, or with no resources. Also, these wanderers sometimes will admit they got lost. Before I go to the SFA Reunion in St. Charles, I will be going with my husband to Ohio for the International Studebaker Meet. I decided I would combine the Studebaker trip with doing some Sheldon/Shelden research in Ohio. Well, I also found myself wandering while looking for Ohio genealogical research sites. While searching for Sheldon/Shelden names, I wandered and found some interesting tidbits about H.O. Sheldon.
Three interesting references to the life H.O. Sheldon were found in the book The History of Wayne County, Ohio: From the Days of the Pioneers and First Settlers to the Present Time by Benn Douglass, copyright 1874

Page 338: “…. The family being in easy circumstances, Edward had good opportunities, as times then were, for education, which he improved with the avidity of a susceptible and eager nature. His father being a druggist, he was early inclined to the study of medicine and having attended lectures in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, he received his medical diploma when nineteen years old. He practiced in Jeromeville and in Wooster. Medical study, and perhaps youthful associations, developed in him a bias toward skepticism. A labored effort when he made to disprove Christianity, revealed to him the weakness of his cause, and he surrendered to the authority of truth. After his admission of the truth of Christianity, some time elapsed before he accepted its saving power in his heart. His first public acknowledgment of the reality of Christianity was made at a class meeting of C. Eyster’s of Wooster. In less than one week at a prayer meeting in Wooster, he gave his hand to Rev. H.O. Sheldon, his counselor, and his name to the church. When he consecrated himself to the church he said, ‘They are a people who make a business of religion.’”

Page 767: “…. The first Methodist church in Fredericksburg was built in 1830, and stood south of town, where William Barnes now lives, and the first minister was Rev. H.O. Sheldon. The second edifice was built in 1860….”

Page 818: “ Other Reminiscences of Royce Summerton…. In the first log church (Methodist) in Congress, Harry O. Sheldon was preaching at a quarterly meeting, and there being a large crowd present, it was difficult for all to be seated. Joseph Ewing stood up defiantly in the center of the church. Mr. Sheldon came back to him and asked him to be seated, which he refused, when Sheldon caught him violently on his hip, carried him out and forced him to kneel down while he prayed with him.”

According to Rose Sheldon Newton in an email response to an inquiry about John Sheldon and Susan Cleremont, dated November 30, 2006, H.O. Sheldon traveled back and forth to New England to see his parents and to visit Sheldons. He peddled Hibbard's Pills and grindstones for the Grindstone Company.
The library of Bowling Green State University houses the Henry O. Sheldon collection consisting of fifty-seven volumes of journals, and four volumes of Sheldon family genealogies. The journals written by Sheldon document the daily activities of this Methodist preacher. The Henry O. Sheldon Collection can be found at

I have enjoyed wandering while looking for Ohio resources and, in the process, learning more about the life of our founder H.O. Sheldon. I hope that you will share your genealogy findings and even your genealogical wanderings in future issues of the Quarterly.

August History
“The Constitution requires that the government conduct a census once every ten years. The results are used to allocate Congressional seats, electoral votes, and government funding. The first U.S. census reported that as of August 1, 1790, the country showed a population of 3,929,214.” (Page 306)
1782 George Washington creates the Purple Heart.
1873 San Francisco’s first cable car begins operation on Clay Street Hill.
1907 The Army establishes an aeronautical division that eventually becomes the U.S. Air Force.
1941 During World War II, the first Jeep rolls off an assembly line in Toledo, Ohio.
1957 American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, debuts on national TV.
2007 Barbara Morgan becomes the first teacher to safely reach space, aboard the shuttle Endeavor (Christa McAuliffe had died in the 1986 Challenger explosion).
(Source: The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T. Cribb, 2010)

Do You Know the Name Charles Osgood Wood III?
Actually, Charles Osgood was the professional name of Charles Osgood Wood III. He is a retired American radio and television commentator and writer. He is perhaps best known for being the host of CBS News Sunday Morning, a role he held for 22 years. However, he is also the forgotten author of the original words to “The Responsibility Poem.” It is unclear how and why it happened, but some unknown author has the converted it to a “story” that you likely have heard.

“This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.”

Please re-read this story carefully. As members of the Sheldon Family Association, we need to elect new officers and Board of Directors members. The lack of responses from members has me extremely concerned. To have an election, many volunteers are needed for a ballot. Please take your membership to our association seriously and consider the numerous leadership openings.
Please contact me at or at 916-944-3553 (Pacific Coast Time), or 3834 Marshall Avenue, Carmichael, CA.