Sheridan Howard Settler was born on 18 Sep 1903 in Kansas. An only child, he was orphaned at the age of 3. He was raised by relatives in Council Grove, Kansas. During the 1910 census, he lived with his grandmother, Nancy Settler, and three uncles, William, Robert, and Jesse. The 1920 census finds him living with his aunt and uncle, Lillie and Michel Hooker. He graduated from Council Grove High School in 1921.
In Sep 1922, he entered K-State, listing his uncle William Settler as parent or guardian. Initially pursuing the general science course, he changed his major to agriculture in 1923. He took classes during the summer of 1925.
He lived in the Phi Beta Sigma Chapter House during his entire undergraduate education.
"Sorry I wasn't able to be on the boxing team when I was at K-State. I would have liked that—my color was against me. Loved to box. Frank Davis and I were always fighting and boxing at the house. We were just horsing around. ... Louis Fry was a good friend. Smart. Introduced him to his wife. ... Paul Brooks was another good friend. Fine fella."
Sheridan Settler, 09 Mar 2004
Sheridan Settler graduated from K-State on 03 Jun 1926 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. That same year he married Bessie Capitola Vaughn. He took graduate classes during the summer of 1928. It was during this time that he first went to the Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama, and worked with fellow Sigma, George Washington Carver.
The 1930 census finds him teaching at Prairie View Normal and Industrial College and living with his wife in Waller county, Texas. He took graduate courses at K-State during the fall semester of 1932. On 11 Jul 1933, Sheridan Howard Settler, Jr., was born in Waller, Texas. During the spring semester of 1934, Settler took a class in absentia, before finishing his degree during the summer of 1934. He graduated on 03 Aug 1934 with a Master of Science degree in Animal Husbandry.
In 1942, he became the Director of Agriculture for Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma. During the summer semester of 1949, he took several graduate courses at K-State. In 1954, he left Langston University and returned to the Tuskegee Institute, where he remained until he retired in 1968.
Sheridan H. Settler died on 23 Aug 2005 in Tuskegee and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Alabama, on 31 Aug 2005. He was survived by his son and five grandchildren.
From the 1953 Langston University Lion, pg 22
K-State Directory, 1922-1925
Royal Purple, 1923-1926
1910 Census: Kansas - Morris County - Council Grove - District 81
1920 Census: Kansas - Morris County - Council Grove - District 88
1930 Census: Texas - Waller - Precinct 6 - District 7
Texas Birth Index
Social Security Death Index
The Lion, Langston University, 1953
Phone interview with Sheridan Settler conducted by Pat Patton, 09 Mar 2004
Obituary: Montgomery Advertiser, 31 Aug 2005
Crescent Magazine, Winter 2005