father of Ronald Albert Sherer

James T. Sherer was born in Wisconsin, as were his brothers. He and Cloyd are listed as servants in the same household in Green county Wisconsin in the 1900 census. Middle initial and birth date are a little off on that one, but it wasn't a Sherer household and he probably did not give the census taker that information.
Some census records show his parents were born in Pennsylvania, some say unknown.

The 1910 census records James in Le Sauk, Stearns, married to Carrey with daughters Claretta (Arvilla) and Mary. He was a laborer in the sawmill at that time.

The next family down on that sheet is Marshal A? Sherer, married to Minnie, with daughters Linda V?, and Edith B. and son Harold S? Marshal was a carpenter doing odd jobs then.

The 1920 census corrects Carrie's name spelling and adds daughter Ethel to the list of children. James was a night watchman at the paper mill at that time.

Marshal Sherer is not on that same page, but Ralph W. Perry (salesman in his own store) is listed before, and Warren E. Sartell, millright at the paper mill is just below, probably indicating close proximity of abodes.

One other job is listed for James on his 1918 draft registration card, Great Northern Car Shops in Waite Park.