Biographical sketch of JOHN L. SHEPHERD from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans three (3) pages: 272-274
JOHN L. SHEPHERD
This enterprising and respected young farmer of Capac, Michigan, is a native of Perthshire, Scotland, a son of David and Anna (Lamont) Shepherd, and was born May 21, 1856.David Shepherd brought his family to the United States in 1859 and selected for his home a tract of eighty acres of wild land in sections 17 and 18, Berlin township, six miles south of Capac.This land he cleared up and improved in all necessary respects, carried on general farming and in course of time increased his farm to one hundred and twenty acres.His live stock comprised Durham cattle and fine wooled sheep, of which he made a specialty.On this farm he and wife passed the remainder of their days and died, aged seventy-seven and eighty-four years respectively, honored and beloved by all their neighbors.They were the parents of eight children, born in the following order:Alexander and Janet, twins, the latter of whom is deceased; Jean; Mary; Ellen Ferguson; Peter, who was a member of the Third Michigan Cavalry, served two years in the Civil war, and died from sickness at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just as he was about to be mustered out; Isabel; John L., whose name opens this sketch.
John L. Shepherd was reared on his father’s farm, received his preliminary education in the district schools and assisted his father until sixteen years of age, when he was graduated from the high school at Almont, Michigan.He then went to work in the lumber camps of Michigan, but in the winter season taught school in Lapeer county, until twenty-two.He then returned to the home farm, of which he had charge four years, when he purchased it and has since improved it with a handsome dwelling, substantial and commodious barns and other necessary outbuildings and good fences, and has made it one of the best farms of its dimensions in the township.
April 10, 1879, Mr. Shepherd was united in marriage with Miss Delsina Holiday, of Romeo, Macomb county, Michigan, a daughter of Samuel and Mary (Green) Holiday.Mr. and Mrs. Holiday were natives of New York, who came to Michigan early in the ’forties, and for some years lived on a farm in Macomb county, finally retiring to Romeo, where the mother died in 1873, the death of the father occurring at Almont in 1891.Mrs. Shepherd is the seventh child in order of birth of the eight children, six girls and two boys, that constituted the family of Samuel and Mary Holiday.The father was a prosperous farmer and had cleared up a great deal of land as a pioneer.In politics he was a Democrat and in his time was a very influential citizen.To Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd have been born two children, Neal, who was born February 27, 1881, and died November 10, 1890, and Helen, who was born June 28, 2896.
In the fall of 1896 Mr. Shepherd was elected clerk of St. Clair county, as the nominee of the Republican party.He filled the office for two years, and so satisfactory were his services that he was elected in 1898 by a majority of one thousand six hundred, thus filling the office four consecutive years.During his incumbency a new and more modern system of keeping the books, records and files was installed and he succeeded in rearranging all the old records, making new filings, indexes, etc., placing them upon a much more convenient basis.The office became more laborious upon the addition of the second judge of the circuit court.Mr. Shepherd has erected a handsome residence in Capac, keeping a supervision over his property in Berlin township, on which he conducts general farming.
Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd attend the Methodist Protestant church, and Mr. Shepherd has always taken an active part in the public affairs of his township and county, using his best efforts to secure the triumph of the Republicans at the polls.He has served his party and fellow citizens faithfully for three years as township clerk of Berlin, six years as drain commissioner and two years as supervisor.Ever since reaching his majority he has taken an active part in political work, often serving as delegate to the various conventions.He belongs to the Knights of the Maccabees, the Modern Woodmen and Berlin Grange, of which he was master for some years; the Knights of Pythias, and Masons.He has been actively identified with the work of the Pythian fraternity, being chancellor commander of Capac Lodge and is now the vice chancellor.The Maccabees have also had the benefit of his assistance, his official duty placing him in the great camp for three successive years.Mrs. Shepherd is also a member of the Rathbone Sisters and the Ladies of the Maccabees.
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