Robert W. Shepard, manufacturing optician, located at 115 West Ninth Street, is among the reliable and successful
business men of Erie. He was born in Union Township, Erie County, Dec. 22, 1881, and is the son of Royal D. and
Malinda L. (Johnson) Shepard.
Royal D. Shepard, also a native of Union Township, 'was born in 1851. He ran the stage coach from Wattsburg to
Erie during the early days and was later employed at the Hanna docks in Erie. After a number of years in the employ
of the Soldiers Home at Erie, he engaged in the grocery business at Erie. He has lived retired since 1918. Mr.
and Mrs. Shepard, who have been married 49 years, are the parents of the following children: Eugene H., engaged
in the real estate business at Erie; Estelia, the wife of Dexter D. Morey, lives in Erie; Aurie, who died at the
age of five years; and Robert W., the subject of this sketch.
Robert W. Shepard received his education in the public schools of Erie and in 1899 began the study of optometry.
After completing a course at South Bend, Ind., he was graduated from the Philadelphia Optical College and for the
past 18 years has followed his profession in Erie. In connection with the practice of optometry, Mr. Shepard conducts
a manufacturing plant in which he makes all of the tools for specially ground lenses, requiring only about a half
hour for making a tool for any special lense. The plant is modern and up to date in every detail. The business
was started in 1906 with an apprentice and has grown to such an extent that Six skilled assistants are now employed.
He has established one of the important business institutions of the community.
On June 21, 1905, Mr. Shepard was united in marriage at Holyoke, Mass., with Miss Alice M. Chapin of Batavia, N.
Y. They have three children; Mildred A., born June 11, 1908; Arthur J., born Nov. 18, 1910; and Donald D., born
Dec. 18, 1913.
Mr. Shepard is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, is a 32nd degree Mason and belongs to the Erie Consistory,
Mt. Olivet Commandery and Zem Zem Shrine. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Erie Golf Club and the Erie Yacht
Club. Mr. Shepard is held in high regard throughout the community and is an excellent citizen.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
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