Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
SAMUEL S. SHEPHERD came to Lincoln county, Washington, in 1888, bought a right and homesteaded a claim four miles northwest of Reardan. He found the country new and thinly settled, so had many inconveniences to encounter in gaining a start, and his financial condition was such that necessitated his working for wages for a time in order to earn money with which to improve his land. He now owns four hundred and eighty acres of agricultural land, well improved and under cultivation, but he himself makes his home in Davenport, where he has a handsome residence, while his eldest son manages the farm.
Samuel S. Shepherd was born in Otsego county, New York, on the Susquehanna river, May 9, 1852, the son of Erastus and Sarah (Camp) Shepherd, both natives of Otsego county. Erastus Shepherd's father was born in Washington county, New York, and his grandfather, though of another county, was born in the state of New York. The father died at the age of eighty-two within a mile of his birthplace. The mother was a daughter of Philander Camp, a son of the Reverend Samuel Camp, a Presbyterian clergyman who enjoyed the distinction of having occupied the pulpit in Danbury, Connecticut, for forty consecutive years. The Revolutionary War occurred during his life, and he was of the third generation from the Camp family which came to Plymouth Rock on the Mayflower in 1620.
Mr. Shepherd has two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Perry, and Mrs. Lucinda Van Woert, and one brother, Edmund, now deceased.
Reared on farm in his native state, Mr. Shepherd attended common and graded schools until arriving at manhood. In February, 1876, he went to Cedar county, Iowa, and was there engaged in farming until the spring of 1888 when he came to his present county. He was married on April 21, 1877, in Cedar county, Iowa, to Kate Van Keuren, a native of Delaware county, New York. She was the daughter of Aaron and Rhoda (Davis) Van Keuren, both of whom were born in Delaware county, where both also died. Her family comprised three brothers and two sisters besides herself; John, James and Wheeler; and Julia and Susan.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd has been blessed by five children; Russell, married to Metta Landreth; Herbert; Schuyler; Cora; and Frank. The family is identified with the Evangelical church.
In the fall of 1898 Mr. Shepherd was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of treasurer of Lincoln county and served one term, much to his own and his party's credit and honor.