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John Sheriff Memorial Hall dedication

Tim Nicklas and Ida Shefiff at the Grand County Pioneer Village Museum.

Tim Nicklas and Ida Shefiff at the Grand County Pioneer Village Museum.

In April of 2015, Grand County lost a true and remarkable pioneer when John Sheriff passed away. Born in 1926, John attended school in Hot Sulphur Springs and spent most of his life operating the Sheriff Ranch located just outside of that town. The ranch had been homesteaded by his great-grandmother in 1882.

John Sheriff was honored by the Grand County Historical Association recently at the Grand County Pioneer Village Museum when they dedicated the John Sheriff Memorial Hall on June 9. A plaque now greets visitors to the museum as they step through the doorway into the main exhibit hall of the museum.

John Sheriff had a passion for Grand County’s history and did so much to preserve and share it. He devoted much to the museum in Hot Sulphur Springs. Along with several others, John built many of the exhibits in the exhibit hall that now bears his name. He was also a good local historian. “Whenever I had a question about the history of Hot Sulphur Springs I knew I could call up John Sheriff and he would have an answer. I lost a great history teacher and good friend the day that John passed,” said Tim Nicklas, director of the Grand County Pioneer Village Museum.

In addition to the many years that John Sheriff devoted to the museum and Grand Historical Association, it was cited that he also graduated from high school in the very room that bears his name as a further reason for honoring a great pioneer. Nonetheless, all those who knew him well also know that he would have been terribly embarrassed by having this honor. He was a humble man that preferred to work behind the scenes and shunned the spotlight. It was this behind the scenes work that has given Grand County a superb museum and one more reason to say thank you to this humble hard working man.