William Shepard and Bura Davis Shepard
On the Occasion of Their
100th Wedding Anniversary
A Century Ago. 100 years ago, on June 2, 1915, my grandparents William Shepard (1888-1976) and Bura Emerald Davis (1896-1986) were married in Beaver County, Oklahoma.
|William and Bura, 1974|
An Historic Recording of William Shepard. The following photo presentation includes an actual recording from 40 years ago -- in 1975 -- when William Shepard was interviewed by John Banks, the minister of the El Cajon Boulevard Church of Christ in San Diego. In this interview William, with Bura close by, describes what it was like the day the two of them were married. (If you have trouble viewing or hearing this presentation on a mobile device, please try it on a desktop computer.)
A Clan of 87. Over the last century, Will and Bura's marriage has lead to the creation of a large family which includes...
- 4 children (pictured below with William and Bura)
- 12 Grandchildren,
- 21 Great Grandchildren,
- 15 Great Great Grandchildren,
- and 2 Great Great Great Grandchildren.
|William, Bura and Children Eugene, Thelma, Pauline and Elmer|
73 of those 87 people are still around today, and range in age from 5 months old to 90 years old. They are scattered around the Western United States in San Diego, Northern California, Utah, Washington, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Just to the right of this post on the main page of The Shepard's Crook are pictures of 9 of the youngest of those 73 descendants of Will and Bura. Scattered throughout the various posts of this blog are pictures and stories of every single one of their descendants.
Here's an interesting note: Of those 73 descendants who are alive today, 32 were born since William Shepard died in 1976. That means that close to half of the descendants of William and Bura who are alive today never had the opportunity to meet William or Bura. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have known them were touched by their lives in a wide variety of ways. The memories we have of them are numerous and varied; the gratitude we feel is immense; the debt we owe to them is beyond measure.
William and Bura Through The Years: a Collage of Images and Sound. The following musical photo presentation shows a variety of images of William and Bura Davis Shepard and their family. Some of the same pictures are included in the presentation above. This one, however, does not include the 1975 recorded interview. Instead it shares a wider variety of family pictures from 1914 through the 1980s. (If you have trouble viewing or hearing this presentation on a mobile device, please try viewing it on a desktop computer.)
For More Information. Here are some links to other informative blog posts regarding Will and Bura's wedding on June 2, 1915:
- Will and Bura's Anniversary (dated June 1, 2014)
- Married on Her Father's Birthday (dated June 1, 2012)
- What It Was Like the Day They Married (dated June 2, 2010)
|Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego|
What Say You? At the bottom of this post is a place where you can leave some comments. Your comments may be just a sentence or two, or perhaps longer. I invite you to leave some thoughts regarding this 100th Wedding Anniversary Celebration. You can respond to one of the following questions, or comment however you would like.
- What is your favorite memory of William and Bura Shepard?
- What important life lessons did you receive from them?
- What was the most important thing about them?
- What special moments did you share with them?
- How did they impact your life?
- How is your life different today for having been touched by their lives?
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