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W C Shepard


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/11/2006 at 16:40:21

W C Shepard, secretary, treasurer and manager of the Lower Vein Coal Company, Boone, was born in Cattaraugas county, New York, June 22, 1845, and in early life came to Clinton county, Iowa where he was raised a farmer with a mercantile experience, 1867 and 1868 he spent in the Rocky Mountains, supplying the Union Pacific Railroad with ties from Cheyenne west, for a considerable distance, he was a resident for sometime of Calhoun county, and was engaged in working the coal lands of the above company, in which he is largely interested, to Mr Shepard belongs the credit of introducing Negro miners in the State to take the place of the striking miners, in which other companies in different parts of the State have followed his example, in his early farming life he formed a taste for the stock business, and he has given it a great deal of attention, his latest operations in this line have been the organization of the Western Land and Stock Raising Association, with a capital of $25,000, divided in shares of $25 each, bringing it with in the reach of persons of limited means and which cannot fail in being a source of large profit to the shareholders, as a business man he is endowed with rare business qualifications and received and meritís the success that has attended his career, he was united in marriage with Miss C Clark in 1876, she was a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, he has one child, May (by a former marriage)

1880 Boone Co History Book


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