Hiram Elmer Shorey
|Hiram Elmer Shorey was born in the Plains
section of Litchfield in 1862 in the house now known as the Black
Crow Bakery. He was a merchant tailor in Chicago and New York.
Hiram's birthplace was originally the farm of his mother's father,
Stephen Purington, a minister at the Plains Baptist Church.
Hiram passed away in 1944 and his ashes were scattered in
Litchfield. Many Litchfield residents are familiar with the
unique monument erected on the Shorey lot in the Litchfield Plains
Source: Rotary's Founder's Recognition Day
Back Row, left to right: Paul Harris and Hiram
|In 1905 the four men pictured here were
business men who found themselves in Chicago; all were from rural
areas and missed the camaraderie of "small town America". They
started to meet in their offices to promote good works and honest
dealings. They "rotated" these meetings between their offices
and thus Rotary was born. Paul Harris was a lawyer, Hiram
Shorey a merchant tailor, Silvester Schiele a coal merchant and
Gustavus Loehr a mining engineer.
source: Ed Avis
Shorey Family Memorial