In June of
1887, The Elgin Womenís Club was created and undertook plans to build a
hospital. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman and part-owner of The Elgin
National Watch Factory, learned of their plan and agreed to donate a two-story
house to serve as the hospitalís permanent site. He had only three conditions:
that the hospital not recognize any creed or sect, that if the building were
ever to be sold that the proceeds would further the work of the hospital and that
the hospital be named after him. Today, Sherman Hospital works closely with St.
Joseph Hospital of Elgin. The two hospitals treat over 25,000 patients a
year. Ed Note: Above and beyond any other accolade Sherman Hospital can boast of,
they can certainly brag about being the birthplace of "The
Light of My Life", Colleen Michele McDunn!