Biography of Francis A. Shepherd
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FRANCIS ASBURY SHEPHERD, a resident of Cleveland for thirty years, is a lawyer by profession, but his name is most prominently associated with the banking and financial interests of the South Side. He is president of the Home Savings & Trust Company, and the success of that strong institution is largely the result of his capable direction since its founding.

Mr. Shepherd was born in Carroll County, Ohio, June 5, 1866. This branch of the Shepherd family was established in Carroll County more than a century ago. The Shepherds were Protestants from Ireland, and were among the pioneer home makers and developers of Carroll County. The grandfather of the Cleveland banker was George Shepherd, whose life was spent as a farmer in Carroll County. Francis A. Shepherd is a son of Elijah and Jane (Kneen) Shepherd. His father was also a native of Carroll County, was a farmer, and died at his fine homestead near Harlem Springs in 1887. His wife, Jane Kneen, was born on the Isle of Man, a British subject, and came to the United States and to Carroll County with her parents, who were among the first Manx settlers of Ohio. After the death of her husband she made her home with her son in Cleveland, where she died in 1903.

Francis A. Shepherd grew up on the old farm near Harlem Springs, as a boy attended district schools, and was also a student in Harlem Springs College. He was a student there about three years, leaving his studies to take charge of the home farm after the death of his father. Mr. Shepherd had five years of practical farm experience, an experience that has not been without value to his subsequent career.

In 1892 he came to Cleveland, and after graduating from the Euclid Avenue Business College, bought a half interest in a lumber business and for a number of years was actively connected with the firm of Holmes & Shepherd, lUmber dealers. In the meantime he was a student of law in the office of the late Amos Dennison, and was admitted to the bar in 1900. During that portion of his life when he was a practicing attorney Mr. Shepherd served as city attorney of the Village of South Brooklyn, and bad much to do with initiating and completing the village's first public improvements, including street paving and sewerage.

In 1902 he and Vernon R. Andrews organized the Home Savings & Banking Company of South Brooklyn. Mr. Shepherd became secretary and treasurer and active manager of the business, and was mainly responsible for its early growth and substantial prosperity. In 1916 the name was changed to the Home Savings & Trust Company, and since 1920 Mr. Shepherd has been president of the institution. This is one of the largest banking and financial institutions in the south and west sides of Cleveland. Besides being an able banker and active citizen Mr. Shepherd was a member of the board of directors of the Cleveland Chamber of Industry two years, and a member since its organization, and is a charter member of the Cleveland Bankers' Club and the Southwestern Business Men's Club. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. Fraternally he is affiliated with Laurel Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Cleveland Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Glenn Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Riverside Lodge, Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Shepherd married Miss Olive C. Kelsey, of California. Her father, J. W. Kelsey, for a number of years lived in Medina and Sandusky counties, Ohio, and moved from there to the Middle West and thence to the Pacific Coast. He was a successful educator, but entered the ministry soon after his marriage, and is still active in the ministry in California, though eighty-three years of age. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd are: Marian J., a senior at Wooster College; Helen K., also a senior at Wooster; and Francis Vernon, in high school.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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