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Sharon McConnel,
Gem County Coordinator

Joseph C. Shepherd

1836 - 1904

Emmett Index

J. C. Shepherd, one of the pioneers of Idaho, died at the home of his daughter in Pearl, Tuesday afternoon of pneumonia. He was 69 years old and had resided in this vicinity since 1862. About three months ago he left Emmett to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kidd. Mr. Shepherd was taken ill last Friday.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Pennsylvania. He came to the Payette valley in the spring of 1862. In the early sixties he ran a stage between Falk's Store and Umitilla, Oregon. He located near the Block house below Emmett, where he conducted a meat market, stage station and a public house. Later he spent several years trapping. Tiring of this, Mr. Shepherd again entered the stage business, carrying the mail from Falk's Store to Placerville.

When Shepherd located here there was nothing in Emmett but a post office and a few buildings. At one time in the early days he was quite wealthy. The last few years of his life he conducted a stage between Emmett and Pearl. He sold this business several months ago and retired.

He is survived by a son and daughter, Phil Shepherd and Mrs. Mary Kidd, both of Pearl; also two step-sons, John Hall of Emmett and Will Hall of Ontario, Ore. All were present at Mr. Shepherd's death.

The remains were brought to Emmett yesterday afternoon. The funeral will take place at 10:30 o'clock February 25, from the Methodist Church.

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