There may be more than one Tobias B. Sherer (although it seems like an unusual name to me), but I came across this bit about a Tobias B. Sherer whose father was Dr. Jacob Sherer. His wives' names are different (Serena and Irene), so perhaps there *are* two of them!
Subject: CHARLES ALLEN SHERER
Submitter: Phil Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Bethany Clipper, Sep 5, 1923
Charles Allen Sherer, son of Tobias Beechler and Serena Allen Sherer, was born in Bethany, Mo., August 16, 1861. He was the oldest of a family of five children, four sons and one daughter. Of these, one brother, Frank W. Sherer, survives him. His residence in Bethany was life-long. His grandfather, William Robinson Allen, was one of the first settlers in Bethany, coming to the county in 1840.
Charles acquired his education first in private schools and later in the public school of Bethany. At the age of 18 years he had completed more than the entire course of study required at that time. So ambitious and enthusiastic was he to acquire all the knowledge he could, that he carried two studies extra the last two years of the course. His instructor, John R. Kirk, now president of the Missouri State Normal at Kirksville, Mo., a teacher to whom Charlie became deeply attached and coveted his friendship, gave him encouragement to persevere. Every morning before schooltime Charles would have a recitation in chemistry and after school closed for the day he would stay and recite Latin. Taking up these two studies so delighted Mr Kirk that he gladly gave his time to help the young student. His ideal was to complete a course of study in medicine and he planned to go to the university of Pennsylvania in 1880. He wished to go there because his grandfather, Dr Jacob Sherer of Philadelphia, was a graduate of that institution.
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