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Guide to the Warren Thompson Shepperd Papers 1899-1969

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Warren Thompson Shepperd
Dates: 1899-1969
Quantity: 4 linear feet
Abstract:Personal and family correspondence; correspondence relating to fraternal and service organizations, especially the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; records of the Coeur d'Alene Mill Company, Kootenai County civic activities, and other papers.
Identification: MG065
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this Manuscript Group was originally stored in several letter transfer boxes, bundled file folders, and envelopes of various sizes. An attempt was made to bring like material together while, at the same time, maintaining the original order of each group.In this regard, the personal correspondence presented the greatest problem. A small collection of Christmas cards with personal notes was retained and placed in a file folder. A second folder contains letters to Mildred Shepperd from various friends. There is no arrangement within these folders. The remaining folders, arranged alphabetically, contain Warren Shepperd's correspondence. Several different alphabetical files were melded into one sequence, but in no case were the contents of the folders combined. Therefore, there are folders for letters of the alphabet followed by folders for individuals, usually family members, or on subjects, i.e., Insurance, Legal (this contains correspondence relating to the estates of family members), and Sunswheat Deal (Sunswheat was a new breakfast cereal developed at the University of Washington). The taxes are arranged chronologically, with all taxed, property, state and federal income tax returns, for a given year in the same folder.While secretary and Grand Chaplain of I.O.O.F. Lodge 34, Shepperd kept two alphabetical files. The second of these, all from late 1938, contained so very few items and were merged with the first which also contained 1938 correspondence. The correspondence to and from Shepperd as secretary of the Coeur d'Alene Kiwanis Club is also alphabetical.The Baker-Fentress material was in one transfer box. With the exception of the first three sections (A-C) which were separated by subject, the letters appeared to be in no order. No attempt was made to reorganize this material.The items in the Kootenai County Planning Commission are arranged alphabetically by project; Shepperd's original folder headings were retained.Many Christmas and birthday cards in the collection contained no message and were removed. Several duplicate annual reports of the mill company were also withdrawn from the collection as was an eleven volume mimeographed set of jokes and speech ideas. A small sample of J.M. Carey's daily scale reports were retained, but since summary sheets were available., the remaining daily reports were not. In all about .5 c.f. of material was removed.

Scope and Content

The papers of Warren T. Shepperd span the years 1899 to 1969, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1925 to 1950.

The papers include personal correspondence and tax returns, correspondence generated by his official duties in both the I.O.O.F. and Kiwanis, and correspondence with Baker-Fentress Company during the time he was handling the affairs of the bankrupt Coeur d'Alene Mill Company. There are financial records of the Hayden Lake Irrigation District and the North Idaho Junior College as well as material relating to the projects of the Kootenai County Planning Commission, and correspondence from the county auditor's office. Also included are several surveyors notebooks and various Coeur d'Alene Mill Company ledgers.


Administrative/Biographical History

Warren Thompson Shepperd was born on a farm 10 miles east of Moscow, Idaho, on August 15, 1883, the son of George W. and Rutha J. (Woody) Shepperd. He graduated from the University of Idaho Preparatory School in 1905, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University in 1910. He worked as a private surveyor from 1911 to 1914, chiefly in connection with lumbering roads and homestead property claims around Worley, Kootenai County, Idaho. In 1912 he married Mildred Dodge, they had five children. He and his family moved to Benewah County where, in 1915, he was appointed County Auditor and Recorder of Deeds. He held these positions until he moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1920. There he was cashier and office manager for the Fred Herrick Lumber Company. In 1928 the Coeur d'Alene Mill Company, one of Herrick's companies, was placed in receivership, and from March 1929 until 1932 Shepperd operated the mill for the mortgage holder Baker Fentress Company. He was Kootenai County Assessor from 1932 to 1935, and Treasurer from 1945 to 1948. He was also secretary of the Kootenai County Planning Commission from 1935-1937, as well as being active in I.O.O.F. and Kiwanis.

Shepperd was named to the board of Coeur d'Alene Junior College, a private school, by the local Kiwanis Club in 1933 and served as chairman of the board for several years. In 1939 the Idaho Legislature passed a Junior College Law and by June of that year he and the other board members had organized the North Idaho Junior College. In addition to his duties as secretary of the board he was named treasurer in 1949. He retired in 1960.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Business, Industry, and Labor
Idaho

Shepperd, Warren Thompson, 1883-1971--Archives.

Coeur d'Alene Mill Company

Kootenai County (Idaho) -- Politics and government -- History -- Sources

Friendly societies -- Idaho -- Coeur d'Alene

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Warren T. Shepperd were donated to the University of Idaho by Virgil Shepperd, Hannah (Shepperd) Oldham, son and daughter of Warren, and John T. Trueman in June 1971.

Processing Information

Processing began as a Special Collections group project in October 1984 and was completed by Judith Nielsen in February 1985.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Personal Papers 1905-1962
A. Correspondence
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1/11/1Greeting Cards 1930-1948 20 items
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1/21/2To Mildred (Mrs. W.T.) Shepperd 1932-1953 28 items
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1/3-351/3-35A - Z 1905-1960 326 items
B. Financial
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1/361/36Promissory Notes 1924-1928 11 items
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1/371/37Check register 1956 1 item
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1/38-631/38-63Taxes 1920-1962 245 items
Series II. Service Clubs 1919-1962
A. Independent Order of Odd Fellows
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1/64-751/64-75Correspondence 1930-1938 174 items
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1/761/76Receipts 1931-1933 105 items
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1/771/77Minute Book 1938 1 item
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1/781/78Programs, certificates 1919-1962 13 items
B. Kiwanis
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1/79-801/79-80Correspondence, A-Z 1938 51 items
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1/811/81Programs 1935-1953 14 items
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1/821/82Newsletters 1938 11 items
C. Others
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1/831/83Knights of Pythias 1925-1933 6 items
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1/841/84Toastmasters 1950 4 items
Series III. Lumber Interests 1899-1934
A. Baker-Fentress
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1/851/85Correspondence A (Insurance on Property) 1929-1932 100 items
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1/861/86Correspondence B (Sale of Property) 1929-1931 150 items
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1/871/87Correspondence C (Payroll & Expenses) 1929-1932 45 items
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1/88-891/88-89Correspondence D-Z 1929-1932 115 items
B. Coeur d'Alene Mill Company
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1/901/90Correspondence, A-Z 1914-1931 46 items
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1/911/91Taxes 1927-1934 35 items
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1/921/92Carroll Heights 1913-1928 5 items
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1/931/93Time Book 1899-1900 1 item
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1/941/94John M. Carey Book & Log Scale 1920-1921 20 items
C. Other Items
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1/951/95Parody of Senate Bill 90 undated 1 item
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1/961/96Booklet: "Old Homes Made New," (Chicago: American Lumberman) 1925 1 item
Series IV. Civic Interests 1915-1960
A. Hayden Lake Irrigation District
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2/97-992/97-99Bank Statements: Domestic, Irrigation & Reserve Accounts 1953 39 items
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2/100-1042/100-104Vouchers: Domestic & Irrigation Funds 1953 436 items
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2/105-1172/105-117Receipt Books, Domestic Fund 1948-1953 13 items
B. Education
Coeur d'Alene School District #1
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2/1182/118Correspondence 1927-1929 7 items
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2/1192/119Bulletins 1928-1930 12 items
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2/1202/120Financial Statements 1925/1926-1930/1931 44 items
North Idaho Junior College
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2/1212/121Programs & Newspaper clipping 1939-1952 3 items
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2/1222/122Faculty Deposit Records 1955-1960 3 items
C. Politics
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2/123-1242/123-124Assessor: Correspondence 1933-1943 61 items
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2/1252/125Board Orders 1933-1934 23 items
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2/126-1272/126-127Appeals 1924-1934 13 items
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2/1282/128Migratory Livestock 1934 17 items
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2/1292/129Chief Engineer, Highway District 1931 2 items
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2/130-1312/130-131Election Campaigns & Results 1932-1956 53 items
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2/1322/132Certificates of Appreciation & Election 1915-1954 6 items
D. Kootenai County Planning Commission
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2/1332/133Minutes 1935-1937 26 items
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2/1342/134General Correspondence 1935-1936 14 items
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2/1352/135Bayview-Belmont Highway 1935 5 items
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2/1362/136Belgrove-Black Rock Road Project undated 1 item
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2/1372/137Cedar Creek Project undated 2 items
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2/1382/138Coeur d'Alene zoning laws undated 6 items
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2/1392/139Coeur d'Alene, O'Brien Addition 1947-1949 4 items
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2/1402/140Coeur d'Alene Junior College 1934-1936 32 items
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2/1412/141Coeur d'Alene River-Kellogg Road 1935 2 items
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2/1422/142Cougar Gulch-Mica Flat Road undated 2 items
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2/1432/143Flood Control 1936-1949 12 items
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2/1442/144Hayden Lake Road 1935 1 item
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2/1452/145Post Falls 1936 8 items
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2/1462/146Public Domain 1935-1937 15 items
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2/1472/147Re-settlement 1935 10 items
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2/1482/148Wolf Lodge-Bennett Bay Road 1935 3 items
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2/1492/149Worley School 1935-1937 23 items
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2/1502/150Worley Sidewalks & Water 1936 3 items
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2/1512/151Worley-Chatcolet-State Line Project 1935-1936 5 items
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2/1522/152State Planning Board - Circular Letters 1935-1936 31 items
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2/1532/153American Society of Planning Officials 1935-1936 4 items
Series V. Surveying Material 1921-1957
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2/1542/154Notebooks 1930-1935 6 items
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2/1552/155Licenses 1921-1957 51 items
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2/1562/156Correspondence 1953 3 items
Series VI. Journals and Ledgers 1920-1965
A. Coeur d'Alene Mill Company
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os/157-160os/157-160Annual Reports 1922-1927 4 items
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os/161os/161Bills Payable 1928 1 item
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os/162os/162General Journal 1925-1927 1 item
(includes North Idaho Junior College Budget Balances 1957/1958-1959/1960)
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os/163os/163General Journal #4 1928 1 item
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os/164os/164General Ledger; Sinking Fund Accounts 1928 1 item
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os/165os/165Orders 1923 1 item
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os/166os/166Purchase Journal 1925-1928 1 item
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os/167os/167Lumber Purchased Journal 1928 1 item
(includes check register for unidentified company 1933-1934)
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os/168os/168Sales Journal 1928 1 item
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os/169os/169Accounts of Clearwater Operation 1924-1927 1 item
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os/170os/170St. Joe Camp General Journal 1925-1927 1 item
(includes WTS personal accounts, Jan. 1958)
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os/171os/171St. Maries River Camp Payroll Book Nov. 1927 1 item
B. Other Companies
Unidentified Companies
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os/175os/175Ledger Nov.-Dec. no year 1 item
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os/176os/176Time Book 1920 1 item
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os/177os/177Payroll Ledger undated 1 item
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os/172os/172Hauser Lumber Co. Memorandum Ledger 1927 1 item
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os/173os/173Store Sales #2 1926-1927 1 item
(includes WTS personal accounts, Dec. 1957-Feb. 1958)
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os/174os/174Tuscor Lumber Company. Journal 1925-1927 1 item
(includes WTS personal accounts 1961-1965)

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