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History of Shepard's Store in Mosherville, Wells Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania

As told to Harold Shepard by his mother, Elsie LUCKEY Shepard. Submitted by Shirley Smith

After Charles Wilson (C.W.) Shepard, son of Nathan and Jane CASE Shepard who were successful farmers in Wells Township, received his discharge from Company A 207 Regiment of Pennsylvania in 1865, he rejoined his family on the farm.

In 1885, C.W. and his wife, Ethlin Wilson Shepard, opened the general merchandise store in Wells. Besides groceries, the store carried hardware, clothing, and general farm supplies.

When C.W. died in 1890, his widow, Ethlin, continued the business until their son, Louis Wilson (L.W.) Shepard became of age to manage the store.

L.W. and his wife, Elsie Luckey Shepard, operated the business until 1929, when health problems prevented L.W. to continue.

The store was leased to John G. (Scuffy) Davis for a short time. To support her family of four children, Elsie resumed the operation of the store, with the help of the family: daughters, Helen (Sweet), Julia (Holton), and sons, Charles, and Harold, and L.W., when his health would allow.

Elsie, not only carried on the business, but was very active in community activities, extremely interested in the church, serving on the school board, and being the first called if someone was ill or dying.

When Charles Louis Shepard (Elsie & L.W.’s son) was discharged from the Army in 1945, he joined his Mother in the family store. In 1984, when Charles died, the store was sold to its present owners, Richard (Rick) and Jenny Wright. Charles and Rick were good friends. Rick had worked in the store while he was going to school.

Photo at right by Joyce M. Tice 31 DEC 2003. Shirley will send some old ones soon. 

Along with the general merchandise, the store sold ice. The ice house was located behind the Shepard family home, located on the upper side of the road from the store. When electricity came to Wells (Mosherville) in 1930, demand for ice was greatly reduced and the ice house was closed. Much of the ice came from a pond on the Roy Steven’s farm, located just outside Mosherville toward Daggett. It should be noted, that the store remained under ownership of the Shepard family for one year less than a century.
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 08 APR 2008
By Joyce M. Tice 
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