Mission of the Society

The Shepherd Area Historical Society was formed in 1978 to preserve and honor the history of the Shepherd area. The Society maintains files, scrapbooks, and historical data on many families local to the Salt River and Shepherd villages. In addition there are many items of historical value plus historical displays within the museums.

The Society maintains two historic buildings in Shepherd, the Shepherd Powerhouse Museum on Maple Street and the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum on Hall Street.

Meetings and Membership

The Society meets on the second Monday of the month in the Old Shepherd Powerhouse Building (300 block West Maple Street) meeting room during the months of March through December. Programs begin at 7 p.m., followed by a short business meeting. Programs vary during the year.

Membership: single person $10 and family $15 per year; lifetime $100. Membership is encouraged although programs are open to the public at no charge.

4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. As a genealogist and relative I am seeking information Reuben Wellman b.18 Sept 1833 Batavia Genesee New York d. 29 January 1917. I have found several obits about him but I am requesting any material concerning his life in Coe and Shepherd, Michigan, particularly his marriage, children and his Mason activities along with his Justice of the Peace years of history. Are there any pictures in the file? I of course will join the Society if there are materials available. Thank you. BJ Hill hillwaterclr@swcp.com. I am looking very importantly about the birth of Rex Allen Wellman, son born 1904, Shepherd, Michigan.

  2. Rev. Robert and Susanna Sheldon

    From the “History of Isabella County”

    Rev. R.P. Sheldon along with his wife Susanna Kinsey Sheldon, was one of the first ministers who came to Isabella County and in 1861 was placed in charge of the “Chippewa Circuit”. He was the first pastor of the Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He served as pastor of the Methodist Church in Shepherd in 1861-3 and also 1870-71.

    His wife Susanna was Mabel Adams great-aunt from Ohio (Mabel was Jack Adams’ and my grandmother.) To make a long story short, as families relocated and letters in pioneer days miscarried, so track of Susanna and her husband Rev. Sheldon, a circuit preacher, was completely lost for 45 years.

    In 1860, the Sheldon’s moved the woods of Isabella County to be missionaries to the Indians, and established several Methodist churches.

    “After an absence of 22 years from her father’s home in Ohio and during a serious illness, she suddenly awoke as from a deep slumber to tell her weeping children that God would spare her life and permit her to see her old father in Ohio once more. Recovering sufficiently, she returned to the homestead during the holidays to find him very ill. She remained there until after his death and then returned to Mt. Pleasant” (recorded by Mabel Adams).

    In 1901, When Mabel Curtiss married Oliver Adams and went to Mt. Pleasant to live, there she noticed the memorial window in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church dedicated to Rev. Sheldon, and wondered if it could possibly be the same person. Looking through records and biographies, she found her mother’s long lost aunt, and learned that Susanna was living just a few miles from Mt. Pleasant. The Sheldons are buried in Chippewa Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant MI.

    (I have tried to find out if the church window still exists but the person who has some of their artifacts has never returned my calls.

    A while back I gave you a family bible, though not sure which relatives it belongs to. Would you please look and see if the names Sheldon, Kinsey or Steele are listed. If so, it would explain whose bible it is and how we came to have it. If not it is still a mystery.)

    Hope your members enjoy reading about this little bit of history at your next meeting.

    Becky Houck

    p.s. Please let me know when you receive this. I may still mail a copy. Thanks.

  3. I am looking for information on John Palmer and his wife Helen. They had 7 children. My father, Paul Palmer, was his youngest son. I am making Christmas gifts for my siblings and would like to know Helens full name, date of birth , and date of death. Her maiden name was Parson. Their other children were Ernastine, Milton, Ivy, Genny, Harvey, and Stanley. John, Milton, and Stanley were farmers in the Shepherd and Alma area. John died around 1924. Helen died around 1946. I would appreciate any information you have. The family have all passed away and are buried in the Salt Lake Cemetary.

  4. I am trying to solve a mystery regarding relatives in the Salt River cemetery
    George W. McKee and Racheal Isabelle McKee have graves by them of 2 children.
    One is unknown baby and the other is Edith McKee. I am trying to determine if they were both born in March of 1880, which would have made them twins with the unnamed one probably dying at birth or stillborn.
    Can you help?
    George W. was my great grandmother’s father

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