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George Shepperd

The George Shepperd family arrived in Oregon November 1889 from Iowa, and settled in the Columbia River Gorge between Bridal Veil and Latourell. The family consisted of George, his wife Matilda and four sons, William, Stuart, George G. and John H.

In November 1890, a daughter, Myra, was born in Oregon. Mr. Shepperd purchased some of his property and some was "preempted." He made a living by farming, dairying, also working at the Bridal Veil mill.

They had a poor rocky road in and out of their place so when the Columbia River Highway was built, Mr. Shepperd was so thankful to get a good road, he donated all of the right of way through his property, also gave the area now called "Shepperd’s Dell" for a park. Now the highway and falls are considered one of the most beautiful spots in America.

The Shepperd children walked the railroad tracks to school at Latourell or Bridal Veil. The U.P. R.R. (once called the OWR&N) passed in front of their home and passenger trains often stopped and discharged passengers at their home.

William J., the oldest, married Edith Hayden in 1902. They had one son, Raymone, now living in Seattle. William, in his early twenties (1904), went to Portland to buy supplies for his store in Hood River. He disappeared and was never heard from again. The family was presumed he was "shanghaied" as other young men in Portland disappeared about the same time.

Stuart, the second son, married Nina Williams in 1900. They had 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls, all living but one. At one time 5 of the boys were in service during World War II.

Stuart farmed in Washington, mostly around the Yakima Valley. Most of his family lives in Washington. Stuart died June 20, 1952.

George G., the third son, married Emma Fick Nov. 8, 1914 at Hillsdale, Oregon. Their children are George G., Jr., now with the Oregon Bank in Portland, and Margaret (Smith) of Troutdale.

In 1920 George G., Jr. and the family moved to the old home in the Gorge and operated a dairy. In 1954 they sold and moved to Portland. George died April 22, 1961. His widow, Emma, survives and lives in Gresham.

John H., the fourth son, married Victoria Janits in 1915. Their children are Winnifred Walsh in Nevada, and Robert Shepperd of Portland. John farmed for many years near Brush Prairie, Washington. His son Robert is in business in Portland. John H. died in Portland Oct. 1959. His widow survives and is living in Portland.

Myra, the only daughter, married Robert Earley in 1908. They had two children: Alice, deceased, and Kenneth. Kenneth is with a trucking firm in Portland. Myra’s husband is deceased and she lives in Portland. Her father died at her home July 16, 1960.

[SOURCE: From a compendium of biographies hand typed and distributed by the East Multnomah Pioneer Association in about 1972, pp. 193-194.  Submitted by Dorothy Keefe.]

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