Saturday, November 05, 2005

Solved: Where Sherwood Got Her Name!

There has always been a debate about why we're called "Sherwood." Was the name inspired by the Robin Hood Legend or was it just somebody's hometown back East? It turns out both answers are right. Robert Alexander is the key figure. He suggested the name because he was from Sherwood, Michigan. This was the Sherwood that was named after Sherwood Forest England. Sherwood Michigan was "...laid out in 1832 on the farm of E. F. Hazen, it was first called Hazenville.... On June 10, 1879, it was renamed Sherwood in honor of its first settler, Alexander E. Tomlinson who had come from Sherwood Forest, England."

The delightful part is that the photos on the Michgan website show a town that looks a lot like Sherwood Oregon when it had less than 400 people in it. Photos courtesy of
Ken Huisjen

3 comments:

Lilly Morgen said...

Congratulations, Katie! Faced with the disappointment of not being able to go to Africa, Katie worked to make life better for the kids in an Afcican School. When one door closed for her, she worked so not many doors will be open for her. We can all learn from this story, especially our youth.

Lilly Morgen said...

By the way I meant Many doors will be open to her...This confounded
blog! I can't lead it like I do my
oxen!

jaycee said...

Yeah right. You're on the wrong page.

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