Shepherd, Theodosia B.–(1845-1906)–Ventura-by-the-Sea,
California–Mrs. Shepherd was born in Keosauqua, Iowa. She married
W. E. Shepherd of Oskaloosa, Iowa, on September 9, 1866. They had
four children, a son and three daughters. The family moved to California
for Mrs. Shepherd’s health in 1873. For financial reasons, she began
to sell objects she had collected in the California woods, including sea
mosses, shells, birds, etc. In 1881, she sent a package of curiosities
to the seedsman Peter Henderson. He encouraged her to start growing
some seeds, because he saw California as a great seed and bulb growing
area. In 1884 Mrs. Shepherd began her career as a professional seed
and bulb grower. In 1892, she had eight acres under cultivation.
Her chief customers were Eastern seedsmen. Some of her specialties
were begonias, Smilax, Calla lilies, Cobaea scandans, Mexican orchids,
and cacti. In 1902, she incorporated her business. She died
on September 6, 1906 at age sixty one.
22, 1906; Bailey; CHSJ-Jul.
1961; Holl; cat.-008830