Everyone wanted to be Sheriff of Lawrence County in 1962. Nine men ran on the Democratic Primary ballet and one on the Republican ballet to replace Eddie Ryan, the incumbent.
Among those Republicans were: Rex Girton, Leo M. (Sarge) Cochran, Harry Stockfleet, Don E. Martin, Walter R. Bogard, Robert D. (Bob) Dickerson, Edward (Ed) Gates, Robert Lee Moore, and James (Jimmy Joe) Baker.
From various ads in the newspapers readers learned that:
· Leo M. “Sarge” Cochran was born and reared in Lawrence County. He enlisted in the Army in 1924 and was discharged in 1927. He was called to active duty again by the act of Congress in 1941, having served in World War II and the Korean conflict. He received the Korean service medal with two bronze stars. He was officially retired from the Army July 15, 1959 as a master sergeant.
· R.D. ‘ Bob’ Dickirson was 40 years old, in excellent health and had been married for 20 years. He had 2 children, 2 grandchildren, and worked in public works for 20 years. He was mature with an everyday knowledge of the needs of the citizens and a desire to assist mankind in their problems with all sincerity. His wife, Hattie, joined him in the desire to prove that they could fulfill the obligations of the office of sheriff honestly efficiently and courteously and in such a manner as to make new friends and retain present ones. He was a native of Lawrence County, educated in Lawrenceville Schools, and a high school graduate. He was also interested in the development and civic activities for the betterment of Lawrence County. He was a veteran, a family man and industrious. He was also a Standard Oil Service station operator in Lawrenceville.
· Don Martin was a family man, a veteran, experienced in county government and qualified.
· Harry Stockfleet was qualified and experienced.
- Sherman Montgomery, Jr. announced that he would be a candidate on the Republican primary ballot, and ran unopposed. He was born in Knox County in 1924 and married Kathleen Henderson Montgomery. They were both graduates of Vincennes University. For more than eight years Mr. Montgomery was associated with Montgomery Buick and then was associated with McCormick Motors in Lawrenceville. He was also active in promoting and managing Little League baseball in Lawrenceville. If elected he said the people of Lawrence County would have the assurance that he would not have any outside interests and would devote all his time to the job.
R.D. ‘ Bob’ Dickirson won the Democratic primary. At the November 1962 election, Sherman received 4163 votes over Dickirson’s 3698. Sherman served one term as Lawrence County Sheriff.
|Sherman Montgomery Jr.|