Friday, June 20, 2008

Shepard Family Update, June 20, 2008

Dear Family members and friends,

Hello on this day before the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. Cindy and I are in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the Yayas, a group of women in our family who gather each year some place around the country (see the blog entry, dated May 2 for more about them). What am I doing in this august group, you ask? Depends on who you talk to. Some say I am the "yo-yo" of the group (but don't listen to them!). Others consider me "homeland security" (spoken in a serious tone).

I mentioned in last week's email that this summer I will not have quite as much time to do these messages each week. However, I DO plan to continue them on a weekly basis at least until the family reunion. That was my commitment originally. If you would like to receive them after that, please let me know. I find it valuable for us to communicate this way, even if not EVERY week. So let me know what you think. And let me know of news in your part of the family that I can share with others.

Fascinating Family Trivia: Did you know? There is a small neighborhood in the eastern part of Calgary, Canada by the name of "Shepard." It was annexed by the city of Calgary in July, 2007. "Shepard Settlement" is a tiny community in the northeastern part of Skaneateles, New York, and got its name from early settlers in the area. "Shepard's Citations" is a list of all the authorities citing a particular legal case. It got its name from Frank Shepard (1848-1900) when he began publishing these lists. Among lawyers, "Shepardizing" is a term referring to the process of consulting Shepard's Citations. (These bits of Shepard trivia came from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.)

I am sure you know of famous people with the last name of Shepard (e.g. Sam Shepard, Alan Shepard, Linda Mae Dawn Shepard) but there is a growing tendency for people to give their children the FIRST name "Shepard." Just a couple of examples are Shepard Smith (a well known TV newscaster on FOX), Shepard Kopp (a big name attorney in Los Angeles), and lesser known Shepard Fairey, a contemporary artist and illistrator. Do you know of others?

Family Faces. I am including two family pictures. The first is an old, old picture of Gram's mother (the young woman on the right) Caroline ("Callie") Spear Davis (1865-1951), and Gram's grandmother, Margaret ("Maggie") Williams Spear (1845-1904). The picture was taken about 1880, probably in Spencer, Indiana (where they both were born). It is the oldest family photo that I have seen. Thanks to Dane for sending me this picture from his dad Elmer's photo collection.

The other picture is of Kim Clark and her three children, Scott, Amanda and Jeremy Ortiz, and Kim's niece Kori Lynn Boyd (in front). Scott's 23rd birthday was last week. (Has anyone EVER seen Jeremy with the bill of his cap in front!?)

Congratulations to Kori's parents Darren and Vicki Boyd whose 20th wedding anniversary is this coming Wednesday! In addition, Happy Birthday to Vicki this Sunday!

Remember: Four weeks from tomorrow - Shepard Family Reunion, Saturday, July 19, 2008, Anacortes, Washington. We will gather at the Anacortes Christian Church fellowship hall, 1211 M Ave, Anacortes. A delicious barbeque lunch will be prepared for us as we renew our family ties. We will also have some family picture displays, a large pictorial family tree, possibly some family entertainment, and lots of time for visiting.
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