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Stebbins Family Biographies

Donald Stebbins


Merrill Stebbins


Shirley Moore Stebbins


Elmer Stebbins - Born in Monson in 1897, was the heir to the Stebbins Farms holdings on nearby Hovey Hill on Stebbins Road, to which he added the major portion of the nearby valley on the south side of Margaret Street.  He built a large classic colonial Georgian home on Margaret Street at the center of his holdings

The large complex also included two large barns and a dairy.  It was here that the large family with his first wife, Virginia, was born.  After his divorce from Virginia, he lived here with his second wife, Lucy, until they moved to Florida.

          Shortly after his nephew, Robert Sherman, moved to Florida in 1946, he came to visit and liked the area and determined to relocate Stebbins Farms to the Lakeland area, purchasing a dairy farm east of the city.  Stebbins Farms, under the supervision of his son Donald,  provided the milk from Guernsey cattle to the dairy division headed by Robert Sherman, which was named Cream Crest Dairy.

          Elmer sold the Margaret Street holdings to an expatriot Czech Count Kolorat, whose son still today lives at the original home half of each year,

          Shortly after his arrival, he engaged Robert to build him a beach home at Indian Rocks Beach, on newly dredged land on the Intercoastal Waterway.  The lots at the time ranged from $1000 to $2000.  In 2000 lots in this area ranged in the area of $250,000.00.  This home was the summer social scene for all the members of his extended family for more than 30 years.

          He later sold this property and began raising registered Scottish Angus cattle at a new farm in Land O'Lakes, Florida, about 50 miles to the northwest.  Upon retirement, he moved to Brandon, Florida, where he and his third wife, Gloria Whitehall, lived until his death in 1973

          Elmer essentially ended the ten generatons of family farms.

 


Deena Stebbins


Sherman Family Biographies

Hazel Stebbins Sherman


Arthur Sherman


 Kathryn Linton Sherman was born 1915 in  Monson, MA, the daughter of James Robert Linton and Grace Harriet Esty, both originally from New Brunswick, Canada. She had one sister, Alma Linton Bradway, and two brothers, Elden and Charles.  She attended schools in Monson, graduating with Robert Sherman from Monson High School.

          She married Robert Sherman on November 14, 1936, and shortly after moved to their first home (of four in her lifetime) on North Main Street in Monson.  She was married at the home of her sister Alma.  She and her family moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1946.  (see Robert Sherman for addtional information) In about 1948 she entered a local beauty pageant put on as a benefit for the Lakeland Fire Departemnt, open only to women with red hair.

 Largely a homemaker, she did occasional office work for family friends, volunteered at Lakeland Memorial Hospital and the PTA.  She and Robert belonged to a number of clubs including the Buttons And Bows squaredancing club, and a Ladies Card Club.  Both she and Robert were members of the Cleveland Heights Golf and Country Club

 


 Robert Carlton Sherman.  Born January 22nd, 1915 at Palmer to Hazel and Arthur Sherman.  During school, we worked for his uncle Elmer Stebbins at the dairy at Stebbins Farms on Margaret Street.  He graduated  from Monson High School in 1918 where he was active in a number of sports teams, especially basketball which had been invented in Springfield MA just 20 miles away.  He met and married Katherine (who disliked the spelling and changed it to "Kathryn" on November 14, 1936.   During the war years, he owned and operated an Esso gasoline station across from their home on North Main Street in Monson, and further served as a ground test pilot for Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut where they developed jet engines for the war effort.

          He was very interested in flight, and with a friend, purchased a bi-plane, the "Bluebird"  from Mrs. Charles Lindgergh who lived in Connecticut. He quaified as a pilot in about 1938.  During this time, town residents were treated to the sight of his actually building a single engine, one seater aircraft in the field beside his service station.

          Roger Carlton Sherman, their only child, was born on November 24, 1940.  And amoung other things, this brought to an end Robert's flying days as his wife determined it was too dangerous for a new father.   So, being grounded, he founded the Quaboug Motorcycle Club and built a hillclimb track and clubhouse.   While the original clubhouse burned many years later, the Club itself is still in operation at the same location south of Monson.

          In 1946, he and Rutherford Bradway (the husband of Kathryn's sister Alma) struck out to see what life was like in the south and toured Florida, starting in Jacksonville south to Miami and then north through the center of the state.  When they came upon Lakeland, in Polk County, they were struck with the charm of the city and determined to return.   Upon returning to Massachusetts, they loaded up their families (Kathryn, Roger, Alma and "Rookie" with their only son Robert Bradway.  They purchased a four bedroom home in Lakeland on Lakeland Hills Boulevard where both families lived until 1952.

  Home on Lakeland Hills Blvd, 1948

         Inspired by Robert's move, many other members of the family then also moved to the Lakeland area, including Elmer Stebbins (his mother's brother) and a number of his children and their families.  Elmer purchased a farm west of Lakeland, and Robert had the dairy concession "Cream Crest Dailry" which he ran until about 1957.  (See Elmer Stebbins Biography)

          In 1952, he completed building their new home on Lake Parker in North Lakeland, on Buena Vista Dr, doing virtually all the construction himself.  Six years later, the family moved again to their last home on Lakeland's south side, to Meadowbrook Avenue, to a house he designed.  Meadowbrook Avenue was the location of the Parade of Homes.

          In 1957 he opened his own business, Style Craft Cabinets, which he ran until his retirement


Roger Carlton Sherman, born November 24, 1940, began school in Monson, Massachusetts in kindergarten and later at Mechanic Street School.  He lived with his parents on upper Main Street in Monson until the family moved to Lakeland, Florida, in 1946 where he continued school at John Cox Elementary.

          He graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1959.  While in high school he was active in the Junior Exchange Club, Art Guild, Classical Club, Student Council and Publications.  He was in the freshman class play, Twelfth Night, and the senior class play, You Can't Take It With You.  He was a delegate to Boy's State in Tallahassee.

          He graduated from the Florida State University in 1963 with business majors in Advertising, Communications and Public Relations.  While in university, he was active in Student Government, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Alpha Delta Sigma business fraternity, Student Goverment, Wesley House, Phi Beta Lambda.  He interned with the State of Florida in Tallahassee.  He attended the Inaugural Ball of Governor Ferris Bryant with classmate Barbara Richter, whom he had dated in high school

       After graduation, and a brief stint with the USAF in Texas, he returned to Florida, living in Coral Gables, later in Coconut Grove, and worked with the Miami Branch of IBM.  After a number of years, he returned to Lakeland to expand his father's business, Style Craft Cabinets, by adding a design department.  His first commercial job was the Holiday Inn public spaces on Memorial Boulevard.

        After a number of years, he moved to Tampa, and began work in the interior design department of Maas Brothers department stores.  During this time he was admitted to the American Society of Interior Designers.  He left Maas Brothers to become regional manager for Wellington Hall Ltd, a North Carolina furniture manufacturer.   When the company disposed of its company owned stores, Roger purchased the assets of the company in Florida with stores in Winter Park, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Dania and Fort Lauderdale.  His company, Wellington Hall of Florida, was the chief designer for Feathersound, one of the most significant developments in central Florida.  Other clients included The Exchange National Bank, The Country Club of Orlando, The Bayfront Tower,

          Over time, all these stores were sold off, leaving only the main offices in St. Petersburg, which he continued to operate until 1996 when he joined the staff of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center as Director of Retail Operations and Special Projects until his retirement in 2006.  While at the Center, he designed and installed a major architectural wall graphic in the lobby of the Jaeb Theater.

         He lives in Tampa and in Garden Grove Florida where, with a partner, has a 15 acre farm called Apsley Manor where tropical birds are raised, along with sheep, goats, emus, rheas and a number of other animals.  He continues interior design consultation, taking up to four clients each year.

          Roger has been active in a number of central Florida cultural organizations, including: Henry B. Plant Museum (Chairman); Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; St. Petersburg Arts Commissoner; Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa (MOSI); Chair of the Special Board of Adjustments, St. Petersburg

          Active in international chivalric ogranizations, he is a member of The Military & Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem (Grand Cross, Member of Grand Council); The Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; Order of St. Stanislas (Grand Cross and Ambassador at Large.  He also serves as Chancellor of the Noble Society of Celts, and Vice Chairman of the Principality of Tomania charity.

          He is an active donor to the Monson Free Library and Reading Room, in Monson, MA, where he has estblished the family archives.

 

 


Haveles Family Biographies

Andrew Haveles


Eleanor Sherman Haveles


Robert Sherman Haveles is an architect in Palmer, and active in town affairs.  He has until recently served as a town council member.

 


Andrea Haveles Stokes is a retired instructor of Shakespearian Theatre for children, and lives with her husband, Dr. Bradford Stokes, in Plymouth.  Brad is a specialist in spinal chord injury, and served on the staff of "Superman" Christopher Reeves.


Cheryl Haveles Wyman is a computer programmer, and lives with her husband, Jay, in Holliston, MA.


St. George Biographies

Iola Sherman St.George.  Iola was a working housewife, working until retirement with Tampax Inc.  Their son Kevin was born late in life


John St. George


Kevin St. George