Amanda Ann Oldham Shepherd
Amanda Ann Oldham was born in Callaway County, Missouri, near Fulton, March 8, 1830 and moved to Henry county in 1839, and from there to Holt county in 1855, overland, there being no railroads in this part of the county and on March 8, 1913 she was 83 years old. She was married to Andrew Jackson Shepherd, August 13, 1857. Andrew Shepherd died on the 7th day of March 1864.
Grandma Shepherd lived on the home farm, three miles southwest of Bigelow until about 10 years ago. She has since that time been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. I.M. Minton, of Fortescue, and Mrs. J.G. Melvin of Mound City. She was the mother of four children: William A. Shepherd, who died at the age of 19; Mrs. I.M. Minton, of Fortescue; Mrs. J.G. Melvin, of Mound City; John A. Shepherd, who now lives on the old home farm. Though now 83 years old and not as active as she was in the years that have gone, she is yet able to do and be an example for the good. In general health she is remarkably well preserved and enjoys an auto ride with vigor of those many years her junior. She is a great reader and reads both books and papers, and is well posted on all current events. She reads her Bible faithfully, and every Sunday she may be found sitting by the stove with the book before her, reading.
She is probably better posted on the Bible than many Biblical students, as she has made it a life study and tried to follow its teachings faithfully. She often talks about the wonderful changes and improvements that have been made in Holt county since she came here, and relates many incidents relative to Holt county in its early days.
Source: The Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, MO, March 21, 1913
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