Grace Shepard



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Grace Shepard see FAMILY TREE
Born: 26 Aug 1875 Newport, Vermillion Co., IN

See bible record on page for Joe White

Photo of Grace Shepard 1893
On the back is written "to my dearest cousin Bertha with lots of love
Jan 11 '93"
Birth Announcement Hoosier State Thurs.  Sept 2, 1875
Dining Room of Brick House
Married: 18 Oct 1899  Quaker, Vermillion Co., IN

see Family Bible on page for Joe White and wedding announcement on page for her husband, Earle O. White

Kitchen in Brick House
Living Room of Brick House
Died: 9 Aug 1947 Dana, Vermillion Co., IN


Brick House in Vermillion Co. built by Earle White.  Earle hired Brandt Steele, son of the artist T. C. Steele as the architect. The house and property were called "Oak Lawn Farm" because of all the lovely old oak trees.  According to the family that took over the house, Carrie Hazelwood, "The house is around 4800 sq feet. It has six bedrooms upstairs (one of the bedrooms we think was used by the maid), there is a huge living room the length of the front of the house, two main stairways - one formal, located in the front foyer, and one common located in the back that leads from the back door/kitchen area.  There is also a room we call "the office" on the first floor off the main foyer.  All of the woodwork/doors in the house are made of oak and the floors throughout are all oak."   According to family lore, the architect neglected to put in a way to support the staircase, hence the later addition of the support beam seen in the photo above.

Obit from Dana News  Aug 14, 1947

Buried: Helt's Prairie Cemetery, Vermillion Co., IN

Earle and Grace

Grace loved a social gathering and they always had grand parties on the 4th of July.  Shown at right are: back row ?, Earle White, ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Grace Shepard White, Ethel Spillman Zimmerly, J. Earl Zimmerly, ?   Front row Catherine Zimmerly, ?, Elizabeth Zimmerly White, ?, Martha White, Mary Zimmerly, ? ? Mary White, ?


Lewis Shepard


Susan R. Hannahs


Earle O. White

One day after Earle had graduated from Purdue in 1897, Grace's father, Dr. Lewis Shepard, met up with Sam White on the road common to their houses.  Lewis asked if Earle was home from Purdue and then mentioned they were having a party at their house the next weekend.  The fathers decided it would be nice for Earle and Grace to get better acquainted and Sam offered that "Earle will be at the party."  They were married two years later.

The young couple lived in Dana, Indiana where Earle was half owner of the State Bank of Dana.  They then moved to Arcadia, IN for two years to settle the business affairs of his brother, Cliff.  They built the "Brick House", shown above, about 1910 and moved back.  There is a photo of Grace, Earle and their four children on the page for Earle O. White.

Grace's mother, Susan Hannahs, had died when Grace was five so she was raised as an only child of Lewis Shepard.  However, after her mother's death, her father moved back in with his parents and unmarried sisters into the "Old Shepard House" which was on the property behind where the "Brick House" stands.  Grace was raised with aunts, uncles and many cousins and she was as close to them as any brothers or sisters. 

During World War II the "Brick House" was confiscated by the government since it was too close to the Army Compound testing biological warfare.  The family moved back to Dana where Joe had been born.

Grace was given a photograph album from her "Grandma Grandpa Hannahs"  Dec 25, 1887.  This album was filled with many Shepard relatives by Grace's grandmother, Eliza Johnson Shepard.  There were also photos of "Aunt Sally Hannahs Monet", "Lucretia Sexton", etc. 



1. Warren Shepard White  b. 06 Oct 1901

2. Joe White b. 19 Dec 1902

3. Mary Elizabeth White b. 08 Jan 1905

4. Max Shepard White  b. 13 Nov 1906

5. Martha Frances White b. 28 Sep 1909


Grace at the age of 13, 1888
Grace Shepard


Grace and Earle on left
Grace in Miami, FL March 1901
Earle and Grace
Earle and Grace
Grace is in the middle