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Biography of S. E. Shepherd

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Biography of S. E. Shepherd

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Classification: Biography
Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Indiana, 1903. pp. 524-526.


S. E. Shepherd was born in Harrison township, Wells county, Indiana, January 29, 1848. His parents, Harrison and Elizabeth Shepherd, were natives of Ohio. His grandfather was a soldier of the war of 1812, and located in Ohio soon after peace between the United States and Great Britain was declared, but he did not long survive, and the bereaved mother, considering that the newer field of eastern Indiana might give to her and her children a better opportunity of making their way in the world, moved to Wells county and entered land, north of the county infirmary in Harrison township, where she afterwards made her home until death. Mrs. Shepherd was a woman of dauntless courage and it required women of that kind to brave the perils and hardships of pioneer life. However, her son Harrison, the oldest of the family, was a youth who could be relied upon. He was a tireless worker, sincere and conscientious in all that he did. He cleared and developed the land into a good farm and home, became interested in the work of education and religion and devoted much time from his own private affairs for the public good. On this farm he lived and labored and here his brave, good mother, after years of toil and privation for her children, died in the sanctity of her Christian faith. Here he married Miss Elizabeth Richels; here his children were born, reared, educated and given their first lessons in good citizenship, and here, eventually, after a well spent life, he was gathered to his fathers at the age of sixty-six years. At the time of his death he was financially well-to-do and was the owner of two hundred acres of choice land. To Harrison and Elizabeth Shepherd were born nine children, four of whom are dead. They are: Reason, deceased; Daniel, deceased; S. C., the subject of this sketch; Sylvester, deceased; Arminda, wife of Wallace Ripple; Ellen G., wife of Lewis H. Colbert; Rosetta, wife of Hiram A. Folk, a farmer living upon the old homestead; Hannah, deceased; Bertha, wife of E. N. Corey, a merchant at Pennville, Indiana.

Upon the farm, hewn out of the wilderness by the industry of his father, S. E. Shepherd was born and reared and during the fifty-five years of his life he has never had a residence outside of Harrison township. In his youth and early manhood he worked by the side of his father, and under the care and direction of that good man received the advantages of a good common school education and later the benefits of a knowledge of the higher branches of learning in the schools of Bluffton under the tutorship of Colonel McClerry. When old enough, he became a teacher in the public schools of the county and followed that calling for a number of years. His license was always of the highest grade, few in the county equalling and none excelling it. When in his twenty-fourth year, October 26, 1871, he was united in marriage to Minerva C. King, daughter of Adam and Elizabeth (Bolander) King, who were natives of Ohio, but had emigrated to Indiana and located near the present site of Craigville, Lancaster township. Mrs. Shepherd is a lady of good education, amiable disposition and many accomplishments. For a year after their marriage they resided upon and cultivated part of the old Shepherd homestead, but then purchased one hundred acres in Harrison township, where he now resides. It then consisted principally of woods, but did not remain long in that condition under its new owner. He immediately erected a substantial and commodious barn, forty by seventy feet, and a well arranged residence. This farm is now well drained, fenced and splendidly improved, and is recognized as one of the most productive farms, for corn, in the county. In favorable seasons Mr. Shepherd has raised as high as eighty-five bushels to the acre. His favorite products are corn, hogs and clover and out of these he has made the greater part of the competence which he now enjoys. To Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd have been born three children, as follows: Leora E. was born February 23, 1873, received a good education and is now the wife of Walter L. Fetters, of Bluffton; Alma E. was the wife of Dr. H. W. Markley, but died August 13, 1901; Rosanna E. lives at home.

Politically Mr. Shepherd has always affiliated with the Democratic party, in the success of which he has always taken an active part. For seventeen years he has served his township as justice of the peace and notary public. For some years he has been employed as a general agent for patent rights, and in this capacity has travelled over many states, among them Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky. During these travels he has acquired a fund of information about each locality and its people. With the qualities mentioned it is needless to say that he has been most successful in every line of business he has undertaken.

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