Shepard, William J.- One of the notable contributions of New England to the population and prosperity of Watertown
is William J. Shepard, junior member of the well known insurance firm of Beebee & Shepard. He was born in Boston,
Mass., August 23, 1854, a son of James and Sophia (Gassner) Shepard. When he was ten years of age his parents took
up their residence in Watertown, where he has since resided. Mr. Shepard has taken an active interest in public
affairs and in 1878 was elected city chamberlain. He was a member of the first Police Commission of Watertown,
was chairman of the committee that prepared the rules and remained a mernber of the commission for five years.
In 1888 he was appointed manager of the Watertown Thermometer Works, where he remained for four years and then
resigned to accept the secretaryship of the Watertown Savings Loan and Building Association. At the end of this
time he purchased the insurance business of Joseph Atwell, which he conducted until March, 1893, when he with Myron
Beebee, under the firm name of Beebee & Shepard, formed a copartnership which still continues. Mr. Shepard
was a charter member of the Lincoln League of which he was president two years. He is also a member of the I. 0.
0. F., being a past grand and was a charter member of Court Stella, I. 0. F., of which he is now its chief ranger.
He was for many years a member of the 39th Separate Co., N. G. N. Y., and a member of its rifle team for four years.
He is also the vice-president of Trinity Workingmen's Social and Beneficial Club and was one of the charter members.
Mr. Shepard has also taken an active interest in politics and is now the secretary of the Republican County Committee.
In February, 1884, he married Margaret, daughter of Azariah and Margaret Nellis of Newark, N.Y., and they have
three daughters: Helen, Pauline and Josephine. In every walk of life Mr. Shepard is honored with the high regard
of his friends and townsmen.