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History of Adair
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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E. P. Shepherd.

E. P. Shepherd, who for the past few years has been successfully engaged in the livery business in Fontanelle, is a native of Iowa, born in Warren county, on the 13th of February, 1869.  His parents, Jesse A. and Rachel Shepherd, both of whom were natives of Ohio, came to Iowa in 1857, locating in Warren county.  Later they spent six years in Madison county, this state, while they lived for a similar period in Hardin county, subsequently taking up their abode in Adair county, where they spent their remaining days.  Their family numbered eleven children but only nine of the number survive.

E. P. Shepherd accompanied his parents on their various removals and acquired his education in the common schools of the different localities in which the family home was established.  He remained under the parental roof until he had attained the age of twenty-seven, when he engaged in farming.  At the end of three years, however, he abandoned that pursuit and removed to Fontanelle, where for a time he engaged in the restaurant business.  Later he conducted a barber shop for some time and then purchased a farm, which he operated for twelve years.  On the expiration of that period he disposed of his land and once more took up his abode in Fontanelle, where he has since successfully conducted a livery.  He has a most up-to-date establishment, keeping on hand automobiles and also from twelve to fourteen head of driving horses, so that he is well prepared to take care of the traveling public.

In was in 1896 that Mr. Shepherd established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Minnie L. George, who is a native of Michigan, and a daughter of William and Emma (Baker) George, both of whom were born in England.  They emigrated from their native land to America in an early day and established their home in Michigan but later removed to Adair county, where the mother passed away.  The father is still living and makes his home in this county.  Mrs. Shepherd is one of a family of eight children born to her parents, of whom six survive, and by her marriage she has become the mother of six children:  Arthur G.;  Sylvia A.;  Bernice M.;  Olin G.;  Idris B., deceased;  and Grace M.

The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which Mr. Shepherd is serving as a steward, while he is likewise secretary of the official board.  His political support is given to the republican party.  Having spent much of his life in Adair county he is well known in this section and the honorable and straightforward methods which he follows in his business dealings has brought him well deserved success.



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