W. F. SIBERT, book-keeper for Payne, Johnson & Co., millers of Franklin, Ind., was born in the above place on May 5, 1857, and is the eldest of two children, born to Henry and Minerva C. (Schaffer) Sibert. The father was born in Lancaster, Penn., September 10, 1830, and was the son of Jacob Sibert, a native of Europe. Jacob, the grandfather, came with his family to Johnson County, Ind., in 1840, and located in Franklin. Henry, the father, engaged in the grain business, and died December 13, 1877. The mother of our subject was born in Johnson County, at the place called Furnace Mills, in 1831, and is the daughter of William Schaffer. She now resides in Franklin. The subject of this sketch was reared in Franklin, and attended the public schools. After leaving school he entered the flouring mill business, under the firm of Baldwin & Payne (now Payne, Johnson & Co.), and in 1885 was given charge of the books of the mill. Mr. Sibert is a member of the F. & A. M., and K. of P. lodges, being a member of the uniform rank of the latter, and is a member of the Christian Church.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.