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V. James “Jim” Sherer – Cowboy Historian

Jim ShererJim Sherer: “He was an exceptional community servant. He always had an upbeat and positive attitude about the community, and it was contagious.”John Deardoff, former Dodge City Manager

Jim Sherer was born on April 15, 1942 in Canton, Ohio to John H. and Frances G. Hendrichs Sherer. His family later moved to Kansas. Jim graduated from Kismet High School in 1960 and received an Associate’s Degree at Dodge City Community College in 1962.  He went on to Pittsburg State University earning a BS in Education in 1964. While at DCCC he met Nancy White marrying her on June 9, 1963. This union resulted in four children, Kristen Miller, Dr. Ryan Sherer, Tyler Sherer and Kerri Kannady. From 1966 to 1979 he was in administration at DCCC. In 1979, he became Executive Director of Boot Hill Museum, a position he held until 1991, when he was deputized as a Boot Hill Honorary Marshal, at Boot Hill. He was one of just a handful of Dodge Citians to receive this cowboy accolade. He returned to DCCC administration in 1992 spending eight years. He then moved to the Kansas Heritage Center as Director until his retirement in 2007. In 2004 he was elected as a Dodge City Commissioner and served as Mayor in 2006 and 2007. Sherer’s greatest passion was Dodge City history, particularly that of the cattle trails and the Santa Fe Trail. Jim was a founding member of the Dodge City/Fort Dodge/Cimarron Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and of the Kansas Chapter of the Western Cattle Trail Association. He served as President of both these chapters. He has also served as an officer of the Ford County Historical Society. In 2011, he was coordinator of the SFTA Symposium held in Dodge City. That same year Jim, was inducted into the Dodge City Community College Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service. Jim Sherer died on May 21, 2013 in Dodge City.

Year inducted: 2013

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