a Pecan ShellSettlement
began in the 1870s and was named after early settler Andrew Martin Sheppard who
was a storeowner and the community's first postmaster. The Shep post office opened
in 1903 and closed its doors 20 years later.
The Shep Methodist Church
was founded about 1881 and the church's 1914 building still stands. The Shep Baptist
Church was organized about 1895, and the Church of Christ in 1911.
town once had three physicians. Earlier figures are not available but in 1985
the population was a mere 60 people. The community was struck by a tornado in
late April 1985, which caused extensive damage and took the life of one resident.
barn was an old one room school that was moved to Nolan
from Shep. It was never a school in Nolan, but had
been in Shep. I believe there was an extension wing placed on each side of barn
that was not part of the school building." - R. Brett Rowlett, LPC, Sweetwater,
1907 Taylor County postal map showing Shep|
Taylor County, near Nolan county line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Drive-up Wedding 1906
for recording the brief history of Shep, Texas. My brother and I made a visit
to the site recently to see the place where our grandparents were married in 1906.
Francis E. Vest and Fannie L. Gilbert were married sitting in a buggy while the
preacher stood on the front porch. Sorry we do not have pictures. Our mother Opal
Vest was born a year later in 1907. We had a nice visit with a lady who lives
across the street from the Church Of Christ. There is also a community building
in Shep. We would like to hear from any Vest Family descendants or someone who
knows more about Shep and Blackwell. Thanks
again. - Jim D. Northcutt & Doyle Bowman, Jdmnorth@aol.com, June 24, 2007
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