by TONY EVANS
Bellevue will celebrate several generations of the Sherbine family during this year’s Labor Day parade. Rocky Sherbine and his father, Bill Sherbine, will ride as patriarchs of the Sherbine family, which has roots in Blaine County dating back to the 19th century.
“It’s quite an honor to be named grand marshal,” said Rocky, 55. “My father, Bill, usually drives a team and buggy for the Heritage Court each year, but I don’t think we can fit our whole family in it. We’ll probably ride on a flat wagon.”
Rocky’s grandfather, Bill Sherbine Sr., was born about a mile north of Timmerman Junction in 1898. In the 1950s, Bill Jr., now 77, bought a farm near Baseline Road south of Bellevue.
“Agriculture is still a big part of the economy around here, especially with the real estate market slowing down so much,” Rocky said. “I’ve heard of cases where people are interested in buying agriculture ground now. Eight years ago it looked like it was all going to be developed.”
The Sherbines grow barley and hay and raise cattle on their farm and others in the Bellevue triangle. Next week they will be cutting the barley on County Commissioner Larry Schoen’s property near Silver Creek.
“We lease more land than what we own,” Rocky said.
Rocky will be joined in the Labor Day parade by his wife, Terry, and sister Rustin Miller, who is married to Mark Miller of Mark’s Automotive south of Bellevue.
“Agriculture is still a big part of the
economy around here.”
Other members of the Sherbine clan to be spotted in the parade will be Bill Sherbine’s two sisters, Delores Nisson and Norma Berry, and Rocky’s mother, Nancy Sherbine.
The younger generation of Sherbines will include Rocky’s neice, Josey Mitchum, and daughters Abby and Ali, from Boise and Gannett, respectively.
Rocky’s son Isaac Sherbine, 23, will also ride on the parade wagon. He recently went from construction work to the family business.
“This year he’s been farming, with me and my father,” Rocky said.
Rocky said weather is always a big concern for farmers in the Wood River Valley.
“This year was a bad year with flooding early on. We had wet fields and then two days later it was too dry. Clear up until the 19th of June we had frost. Of course we get two months of wind every day down here.”
Rocky said there used to be many small homesteads south of Bellevue, but as times changed, farmers had to keep getting bigger because of increasing expenses.
“You have to produce more,” Rocky said. “Every year the expenses are higher and higher. There aren’t many of the old-time farmers left.”
Despite the uncertainties and hard work, Rocky said he still likes where he lives.
“We’re fortunate to live here—this is still a pretty nice valley,” he said.
Tony Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org
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