Guide to the John T. Shepherd Papers, 1887 - 1950, undated

Summary Information

Title: John T. Shepherd Papers, 1887 - 1950, undated
Collection: AC.217
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:

The John T. Shepherd Papers contains Shepherd's business and personal papers dating from the early twentieth century.

Creator: Shepherd, John T.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Thomas Shepherd (1880-1921) was a salesman, general deputy collector of the Internal Revenue Service for the Southern division or a "revenuer" agent, and lifelong resident of northwestern North Carolina. Shepherd was born to Noah and Elizabeth Williams Shepherd. The children of he and his wife Fannie included Richard F., Ina, Thomas, Hallie, and Bennett. They resided in Trancow, a small community in Ashe County, North Carolina. Their. He suffered from typhoid fever during the end of 1913. In 1913, he resigned from the I.R.S. and accepted the position of traveling salesman with the Morrison-Ricker Manufacturing Company, of Grinnell, Iowa. His territory included North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Scope and Contents

The John T. Shepherd Papers consists of ten ledger books and three folders related to his work as a salesman, two folders and eight day books from his work as the general deputy collector of the Internal Revenue Service for the Southern division. Seven folders are of a personal nature and consist primarily of postcards, bank receipts and lifelong resident of northwestern North Carolina.

The John T. Shepherd Papers documents several aspects of life in northwestern North Carolina. It contains documents relavent to the struggle between illicit whiskey manufacturers ("moonshiners") and the I.R.S. ("revenuers"). Included are a list of known moonshiners, correspondence between various I.R.S. agents such as W.F. Hendrix, receipts from legitimate whiskey manufacturers and discussions of Wilkes County revenuer Patrick Elmore Dancy. Materials cover a geographic range from Florida to Virginia. Separated newspapers contain articles regarding Shepherd's service to the I.R.S. Also examine correspondence files in the Personal Series.

Appalachian partisan politics are described, from a Democrat perspective. Western North Carolina is considered to have been a stronghold of Lincoln Republicans during this time period and this correspondence illustrates the divisive nature of Ashe County politics. Letters to R. Dougherty and other North Carolina politicans provide insight into the Taft presidential race and local Ashe County elections during the 1910s. Included is a letter requesting federal assistance in a White Slave Law violation. Also examine correspondence files in the Personal Series.

Also available within the Business Series are materials regarding Shepherd's career as a wholesale salemen. Receipt books and ledgers illustrate Shepherd's geographical and merchandize range.

The Personal Series includes correspondence, bank records, unidentified family photographs, post office records. A large portion of the correspondence is in postcard format. Some business letters are mixed in.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into four series: Series A: IRS, Series B: Business, Series C: Personal, and Series D: Miscellaneous. Series A consists of three subseries: Correspondence, Ledgers, and Blank Forms. Series B consists of ledgers and correspondence related to Shepherd's work as a salesman. Series C contains post cards, bank records, unidentified family photographs, and post office records. Series D contains directories, playbills, advertisements, and other materials of indefinite origins.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collectioin purchased this collection from Bookworm and Silverfish on January 5, 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, October 2004; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, October 2004.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.217: John T. Shepherd Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

                   
Series 217A. I.R.S. Series. (1905-1911)
This series is divided into three subseries: Correspondence, Ledgers, and Blank Forms.
The Ledgers Subseries contains handwritten diaries. Stenograph book contains shorthand.
   
    Ledgers Subseries.
Box Folder
1 1 Receipt book, June 25, 1905  
  2 Diary, August 1, 1906 - December 23, 1906
  3 Diary, November 21, 1907 - November 30, 1907; February 29, 1908 - June 30, 1908
  4 Stenograph book, circa. September 20, 1909 - November 22, 1909
  5 Day Calendar, 1910
  6 Diary, June 27, 1910 - September 30, 1910
  7 Diary, October 1, 1910 - February 28, 1911
  8 Diary, December 9, 1912 - January 4, 1913
   
    Correspondence Subseries.
Box Folder
1 9 Letter, 1905-1916, n.d.  
  10 Envelopes, 1906-1913
   
    Forms Subseries.
Box Folder
1 11 Completed Forms, 1905-1917, n.d.  
        3 Receipts, 1917, n.d.
        Destruction of Distilling Apparatus, 1905; Wilkesboro, NC
        Fruit Distillery Reports, 1908; Yadkin County, NC
        Resumption, 1908 of Mountain City Distillery
        Deputy Collector's Monthly Account
        6 Receipts, 1907-1908
        3 Search Warrants, 1911; Wilkes County, NC and Virginia
        I.R.S. Report, 1909; Jacksonville, Florida
        Account of Spirits, n.d.
        Blank Forms
           
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Series 217B. Business Series. (1887-1942)
This series contains ledgers and correspondence subseries. Letters relate to Shepherd's work as a salesman attempting to expand the product line he represented. Included is a notebook into which letters were glued. Some letters are of a personal nature.
   
    Ledger Subseries.
Box  
2   Ledger, 1900.  
    Ledger, 1900.
    C.P. Cory Company Ledger, 1905.
    Customer List, 1911-1914.
    Customer List, 1911-1914.
    American Tobacco Co. Invoice Ledger, 1914.
    Daily Report, 1915 [oversized].
    American Tobacco Co. Invoice Ledger, 1915.
    American Tobacco Co. Invoice Ledger, 1915.
    Skinner Manufacturing Company Invoice Ledger, 1918.
   
    Correspondence Subseries.
Box Folder
1 12 Letters, 1887-1942.  
  13 Letters Notebook.
Box Folder
3 1 Envelopes, 1909-1923, n.d.
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Series 217C. Personal Series. (1908-1950, n.d.)
This series contains post cards, bank records, unidentified family photographs, post office records.
Box Folder
2 2 Postcards, 1908-1944.
  3 Postcards, 1950, n.d.
  4 Bank Records and Letters.
  5 Post Office.
  6 Ledgers and Invoices.
  7 Ledgers and Invoices.
  7 Photographs.
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Series 217D. Miscellaneous Series.(1906-1917, n.d. )
This series contains materials of indefinate origins. Some, such as the Ropp's New Calculator, may have been used by Shepherd during his work. Others include directories, playbills, and advertisements. Forms include a pedigree chart and certificate of registration for a purebred American Hereford bull, employee certificate of Daniel Kanipe, land deeds, Shepherd's testimony for an undisclosed murder case, and others.
Box Folder
3 8 Published and Printed Materials. Ropp's New Calculator, 1906.
  9 Published and Printed Materials. New Testament; Epworth League Edition, 1917.
  10 Published and Printed Materials. Various.
  11 Forms.

 

Separated Material

Greensboro Daily News. December 16, 1909.

Savannah Morning News. January 11, 1910.

Roanoke, Virginia Evening News. July 10, 1911.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina's Twin City Daily Sentinel. November 28, 1913.

Mason badge with photographic image, n.d.